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form: Flashfiction

Stories and sketches of less than 1,000 words.


A Big and Little Joke

part 1 of Common People

A nice man! Tall, but not too tall, because then you -- you too short, eh-mar, for a very tall man with a beard...

Genre   realistic

Style   first person

Tags   australian, gender themes, post-migrant

Relationships   family


A Sanitary Process

A lonely sausage-maker fantasises.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   fantasies

Relationships   m/m


Alien

part 10 of Common People

She is polite to these strangers around her, radiates love, affection, hoping they will not hurt her. The same as when she came to this place the first time, her anger and the fear unexpected. Be polite, be modest, be loveable, and the strangers won't hurt her.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person, stream of consciousness

Tags   australian, aging, alienation, post-migrant

Relationships   family


Beautiful People

Where the surface matters, but not how they thought it would.

Genre   romance

Style   third person, drabble

Tags   gender themes, aging, alternative lifestyle, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   f/m


Can't Do It

part 8 of Common People

Still, she's never been much for others, my mother: at the time I didn't know if she realised her sister was actually on her deathbed, but now I'm starting to think she just had no sympathy for the situation.

Genre   realistic

Style   first person

Tags   australian, aging, post-migrant, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   family


Deceive Thee So Often As Thyself

part 6 of Imperial LaGatta

A son follows his freedom. His father's obsession turns damaging.

Genre   fantasy, slash

Style   third person

Tags   exile, consent issues, incest, 500 creativity exercises, fantasies

Relationships   m/m


Establishment

part 14 of The Modern Hero

there was a name he could remember, but not one he could articulate

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch, third person

Tags   aging, 500 creativity exercises


Exist Without Padding

If he shut up, he would be all right.

Genre   realistic

Style   second person

Tags   suicide, depression, alienation


Futility

Paradox duly avoided, I painted until I found myself a bit peckish, and stopped for lunch.

Genre   science fiction

Style   first person

Tags   the absurd, 500 creativity exercises


In The Ring, We Are Gods

Antoni arched his back, did as the irony scripted across his chest demanded, and thrust his pecs forward.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   wrestlers, crossdressing, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   partnership, f/m, m/m


Inconclusive

part 19 of Common People

However searing the sun, space was never a glorious frontier.

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch

Tags   australian, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   family


Out Of Control

part 11 of Common People

...no, I'm thinking, oh no, no, no, did I really eat all that frozen bread, I'm not supposed to eat flour! I'm not supposed to eat bread! -- and I'm thinking of all those wasted days, days I tell you, of half-starving and it's all gone down the toilet like a huge gluten-fat floaty turd, you know, those slick yellow ones, I can't fight myself if I'm going to eat while I'm sleeping...

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch, dialogue only

Tags   australian, gender themes

Relationships   family


Pantomime

part 18 of Common People

On the sofa, their commentary faces forwards, as though the television is their audience, and their life is a kind of inverted pantomime.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   australian, suburban, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   f/m


Relative Level

Despite the town's declaration of neutrality, I have been assigned two guards. In respect to my position, they are both female.

Genre   fantasy

Style   first person

Tags   gender themes, consent issues, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   f/m


Stars In Your Pocket Like You Picked Them Up And Put Them There

This is your day, and it is not a day for thrift-shop trousers no matter how shiny they seem under starlight.

Genre   slash

Style   stream of consciousness, second person

Tags   scene, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   m/m


Too Much Head

part 7 of Common People

When I visited Over There, it had been forty two years since I left. Every second question was 'why aren't you married'. Gone forty two years and there's no 'how are you, what do you do, tell us about your life!' No, it's all, 'where's your husband? Where's your boyfriend? Why aren't you married?'

Genre   realistic

Style   first person

Tags   australian, gender themes, post-migrant, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   family


Transplant

Hard-pressed to admit affection for anything, He liked this job specifically for the conversational opportunities, having pretensions above those of His friends (He did strive to keep Himself the largest fish in His social pond).

Genre   satire

Style   third person

Tags   gender themes, age difference, modern life, 500 creativity exercises


Within and Without

part 6 of Common People

Her mother could not find a photographer. No one sits at the bridal table. Beloved's friends are not by her side.

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch, third person

Tags   australian, consent issues, 500 creativity exercises, alcohol

Relationships   family