Category Archives: 50 word stories

50 Word Stories: Compline

With these last laps I leapt with devotion turned distant at your dismissals; I consecrated myself with only You in my mind. Now my song for you is finished with a sprite fluttering, and corporeal liturgies flow from my body … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Erasure

She was told it could be “overcome;” given pills as tools to survive; given a place, a time, to talk with a therapist about dreams bigger than her own. Her condition isn’t so codified, or one of such solitary refinement. … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Range

You counted every success, every failure, like points in your game. You split into strands and magnified the peaks of your own denial, expected us to pull you from your pilloried past. After each loss, was it really so strange … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Poison

She’d always pick the high road and struggle to stay there, even if it meant unfolding, or, desiccation was the price. Her secret to survival wasn’t that she held onto her precious reserves, but that she’d drawn a path of … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Gauge

As far as she was concerned, she took being dead to the world literally: a listlessness would rebound whenever she tried appearing normal. As far as she was concerned, the gauge on her life was set too low, and her … Continue reading

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Are You There?

She craved an unmet validation, and, given her environment, who could blame her? Control came to her via acts that numbed and overwhelmed. One misplaced comma, a cut, or quote by Blake: “For mercy has a human heart/pity, a human … Continue reading

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Make Human

It’s 3:00am and she’s thrown the clipboard with background-check forms across her small, rented room. She can’t recall half of what the papers are asking. She wonders if anyone who’s moved as much as she has could remember any address. … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Face-X/X-Space

Sure, she was pretty, but it wasn’t a comment, so much as an attitude that led to her gym membership and joining an online fitness community. She soon realized an irony: users cropped profile images with surgical precision. Facelifts were … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Fret

She’d never let herself forget how he pressed his fingers into her neck. Though the violet marks he left would fade, they were snippets of a shared secret: the quiet threat of a more complete sonnet, one best reserved for … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Treatment (and a comment)

Who weighs options when they feel weightless? It’s fun, for a while–leaving it all up to chance and whim. There are times that seem so bleak, with no silver-lined rim to rely on. But waiting for help doesn’t stop there: … Continue reading

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