Write a story about a problem with no good solutions.
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“The Problem Is” by Dena Linn
CW: terminal illness It was day four hundred and fifty-eight for Paul. He weighed in at fifty-eight kilos, down from a strapping ninety-three. He was also fifty-eight years and counting. His doctor prognosed it and Paul felt old, sick, and wasted, his body no longer his own, and tomorrow would be 1999, another absolutely nothing new year. It was years now, he’d asked Matt what Silence equals Death meant. He’d be the first to admit to being a simple guy, the one whose IQ matched h...
“Death By Sharpie” by Deidra Whitt Lovegren
Lori Greene was needlessly cruel and we were afraid of her. “Please don’t slice and dice other students with your sharp tongue, Lori,” scolded Ms. Attaway, our 7th grade drama teacher. “Everyone deserves your respect.”When Ryan Wiggins laughed at her rebuke, Lori Greene decided to cancel him on the spot. “You’re a pervert, Ryan,” she loudly announced to the class. “I’ve seen what’s on your camera roll, and you are a creeper.” The entire first period class, except for Ms. Attaway and Ryan, burst out into laug...
“Coma” by Linda Hershman
CW: suicide, child deathThe first thing you notice is the noise. It assaults like rain beating on a tin roof, or a group of restless teenagers chattering in church. You hear voices, but the words are indistinct and whispery. You start to differentiate machinery sounds; the soft hum of a floor buffer, the buzz of fluorescent lights, and, behind your left shoulder, the steady beeping of the electrocardiogram unit.Your body begins to demand acknowledgement. You are cold, very cold. This is not the chill of a brisk wi...
“Through the eyes of a child” by Marie Cunningham Davidson
Through the eyes of a childI’m cozy and warm in my bed, dreaming that I’m sailing on the ocean with my Dad on his twenty-foot yacht, the “Blue Lagoon.” The sun is twinkling like tiny diamonds on the water, and the fierce wind is billowing the sails. We are well in front and look a dead cert to win the Race. Lifting my face to the sun, I drink in Its velvety warmth. In reality, I’m not on a yacht, I’m in a hospital bed with rails at each side, and I’m i...
“Pestilence ” by Eric D.
Jonah opened his eyes and found himself driving in a rusted old station wagon in a foreign part of town. As he passed the luscious overgrown trees, and antique wooden houses, he searched for a purpose. Then, something caught his attention, a man shuffled alone towards the long infinite stretch of road. He looked to be in his forties, and the glimmer in his eyes had been sucked out of him, leaving an empty void behind.After smelling oil burning, Jonah noticed an engulfed pickup truck hauling lumber several feet ahead.He pulle...
“The Reckoning” by Timothy Merritt
After an enormous weight loss, it was disgusting how much loose skin was left over. Walter Manning pulled his hospital gown back down over the flaccid mass of flesh that used to be his stomach, and then he pulled the blanket high up under his chin. He'd always been a big man, but that never bothered him. The luxury men's suits he was accustomed to wearing were almost perfectly designed to disguise the girth that came nat...
“The Setup” by Haider Rizvi
Riz couldn’t understand why his parents were making such a big deal. A co-worker of Riz’s father was coming over for dinner with his family. Taha…Bakri, Riz believed. He hadn’t paid much attention when his parents had told him over a week ago that they would be having guests, but now he wish he did; maybe he had misheard and there were much more people coming, because his mother was in shambles t...
“Stowaway” by Grace Gerrish
In life… there were never good solutions, only compromises. Problems that could only be solved with an amount of given sacrifice. It was something Vex had come to understand at a young age. Sacrifice. For the people she loved- the people she would willingly give her life for. But now… Vex didn’t want to sacrifice herself. Not for anything in the world, because - for the first time - she h...
“Potential ” by Karen Lethlean
What could I have put on the report? “Use dirty praise,” the school executive instructs. “Dirty praise” limits possibilities. But I can understand why we’ve been told this. After all, these final reports will be seen by potential employers. No point in making things difficult for the boys, or the school, with comments about unfinished homework, or their tendencies to talk back, or an obsession wit...
“ONLY I CAN SEE THEM ” by Del Gibson
Three months ago, we moved into the house in Ascott Lane. When we pulled up to the house, I thought we had finally found somewhere nice to settle down. A tingle of anticipation coursed through me when I first lay eyes upon it. Our forever home, I thought. I couldn’t have been more wrong! My husband Dillon works 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and I look after our baby boy, Joey at home. Dillon got a promotion at an acco...
“Snow Blind” by Craig Westmore
A travel advisory from the National Weather Service warned a blizzard was coming, stay indoors, do not venture out. Mark threw their bags in the trunk and put a few emergency items in the backseat: water, snacks, blankets, a first aid kit. Vanessa left the key on the kitchen counter for the owners and hurried their son into the Jeep Cherokee they had rented. The only advice Mark and Vanessa trusted was each othe...
“Rest Assured” by Adam El Nabli
On a cold winter night in the middle of a deserted street walked a wrinkly-faced man emitting an eye-watering odor. His muddy black boots warmed the pair of overworked feet. The outline of his well-defined thigh was visible through a circular hole below the right pocket of his ragged jeans. A coal-colored filth hid a pair of hands previously holding no less than a smooth touch. Atop his elongated neck was a slim face, a ...
“Hunger Wins Out” by CJ Rodgers
(Trigger warnings for gore, semi-graphic murder, and cannibalism. Unreliable narrators, out of order sequences, and possible time loops abound as well.)Emma coughed, her eyes fever bright. When Matthew touched her forehead, she groaned at the touch and he nearly yanked his hand away. She was burning up."Come on." He carefully tipped water into her mouth. "Stay strong.""Matthew." Klara was crouched in the tent door.He followed her out and zipped up the tent behind him."Mattie." She looked at hi...
“Hiking Club” by Astrid Mercier
"I don’t really want to get involved. I mean, I don’t know the woman personally, and I don’t know how she went missing. Ok, not missing but murdered, whatever."I think that will be enough information to get the cops off my back. Doesn't work though. It'll only take a few minutes, they prod. Let us come by your place to talk, they push. A woman was found dead and you were one of the last people to see her alive, they charge. How do they even know this? I call my psychiatrist to get me out of this mess.
“For Sale ” by Heather C
“She won’t leave!” David inhaled fiercely on the last of his cigarette and plunged the stub into the top of a half-eaten croissant. A young couple seated nearby gave him a wary look and began to gather their belongings. David pulled up his collar against the chill as paper napkins fluttered across the café’s outdoor courtyard. He leaned across the table and fixed his eyes on Kate. “Help me!” he pleaded. I’ve got to get out of there!”Kate glanced at the smoking pastr...
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