As Sava approached the dais, her heart felt like a hummingbird caged behind her ribs. Her palms were slick with sweat, but she dared not wipe them on the sunshine-yellow robes she had hemmed so carefully this very morning. Her teacher’s last words of advice echoed and blended with those of her grandmother: You must […]
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They walk a safe distance apart, the woman who will become a tiger and the lover she will devour, a distance that to outward eyes appears wholly lacking in suspicion. She often feels a strange unease when walking through a city park, those patches of manicured green set among the gallant, tiered facades of Georgian […]
Welcome to the June 2023 issue of Flash Fiction Online! This month, we dive headfirst into the mystical realm of fantasy flash fiction. Imagine the vast landscapes, magical creatures, and epic quests you love condensed into bite-sized stories that will transport you to otherworldly realms and leave you craving more. First up, we have “A […]
The legend is only partially true. I did bathe in the river and the farmer did see me there in human-skin. I had hidden my fox-skin well. I am not the hu li jing of the western legend who they kidnapped, whose fox-skin they stole. One human poet called it devotion that she returned nightly […]
One second: I have ten fingersThe next: I have nine.I’m sure you’re picturing the scene: the bright, sharp smell of blood. Emergency surgery. Months later, a morbidly funny story to tell at the office Holiday party, the jagged scar a ring branded into my flesh.But that isn’t what happens.I’m chopping carrots for dinner. My husband, […]
First there were mindsets. Then there were constructs. Then archtypes. But, let me tell you, it’s all bullshit. The only thing that worked was the invisible. Until now. * * * Annie stares in my direction. She pauses as I wave my arms. My throat is raw from calling her name. But she doesn’t see […]
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What did 2017 have in store for FFO? More brief, bold, and beautiful fiction, of course!Issue #40 rang in the new year with stories of contemplation and regret — those “what if?” questions that nag at the heart, including a heartbreaking story by Edward Ashton* about a no-win situation.Issue #41 was another February “love” issue, though these […]