Write about a character who tells a lie which turns out to be true - or a truth which turns out to be a lie.
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“The Intrusive Demon” by K. Antonio
(Content Warning: Mental illness, gore, allusions to sexual abuse and violence)I gots a demon in me; that's what Mama used to say. Mama would always be telling me that demons are all over this world, that they sneak up on little boys and girls and plant evil seeds in their heads that sprout and grow, spreading around their souls like an infection. It kinda be like when you don't wash a part of open, scabby skin; the spot around it starts to turn an ugly shade of yellow, then it gets sticky, and then you gots to ...
“So it ends this way” by Abigail Airuedomwinya
It was midday when the police came to take Paul away. He did not fight them off or argue but he coiled his feet in the grass when I perched around the door. Our eyes met and he smiled, fleetingly. His smile was static, pressed against his face like an afterthought. It felt as though he wanted a show like the way curtains opened and closed. His eyes with their wicked glint were saying he would be back. For a short while, I broke my heart to believe the words he had so graciously allowed his eyes to whisper but after a whi...
“A Good Man” by A. Smoak
TW: abuse, substance abuseIn the end, it was easier than he ever expected. In the end, it turned out to be inevitable, no matter how much he tried to talk himself out of it. He didn't think it would happen like this but here he was - sitting alone at the kitchen table late at night.The rain poured hard outside. The black velvet box sat on the tablecloth, the smooth gold ring safe inside. George had always wanted to be a good man. ...
“Lies” by Henry Vinicio Valerio-Madriz
The hut was eagerly finished in 2 weeks. It was a single-room place with only one door and one window, a small fireplace for the cold days but one that produced a discreet smoke, hoping not to call someone’s attention. The hut was built by two young lovers a bit far from Chelmsford downtown, in the woods. It was a hidden nest of love in the beginning, for every-now-and-then love encounters becau...
“The Lady” by Shifra Steinberg
Mr. Verdome was one of those annoying characters who seemed to be good at almost everything. With an emphasis on almost, as he was not very good-natured, a characteristic which would have saved him on many an occasion, had he possessed it. He did have a talent for all kinds of useless things though: solving equations, painting, writing, poetry, and best of all, if he saw, lets say, a snail on the sidewalk, he was especia...
“Reunited” by Michael Martin
“It’s for you, sir. They found Katie.”Special Agent John Lanton snatched the phone from the deputy’s hands. “Is she there? Is she at the barn?”A hesitant voice came through the line. “Yes, yes sir. She’s here, but she’s refusing to cooperate. She said she’ll only come out when her Daddy gets here.”A smile spread across John’s face without him realizing it. They’d found her. After all this time, they’re truly found her. Not only that, but she refused to see anyone but him.&n...
“Where the Monsters Lie” by Aaron Caicedo
In his youth, Oliver told everybody he was good. That he cared for them, and wished for only joy to touch their lives. That he prayed and hoped he could greet them at the gates to a glorious Zion. That he loved everyone.These were lies.Possibly, his statements were true once, when his boyish smile shined from the joy in his soul, but his heart hardened as he aged; eventually, that grin was as hollow as the pit that had grown inside him. Yet, this was not a chasm he’d dug himself. No, other hands had clawed that a...
“Liars Gonna Lie” by Sarah Kreiger
"You're lying, you have to be lying right now." The disbelief in Hara's voice is unmistakable. The shrillness in pitch could break glass if she went any higher. Her face is tightly pinched and she is standing - looming, really - over her younger brother. The rest of the family are sitting in the small living room, three pairs of eyes staring intently at the scrawny man who was slouching so...
“Lies of the Rational Mind” by C.B. Tannon
It’s all in your mind, Pete. Pete put one foot through the half open door of his bedroom and slipped out into a hallway in total darkness. He looked down and wiggled his fingers and all he saw were murky phantom blurs. He waited a moment for his eyes to adjust as best they could, resisting the urge to fumble for the light switch on the wall somewhere to his left. It was a kind of test he put himself through sometimes. To prove what, he wasn’t sure. That he was a rational man, unafraid of the dark? That he didn’t...
“Pathologic Truth” by Bruce Friedman
“It’s time to start this glorious day.” Dr. Bertram Collins pushed open the front door of the pathology department with a small grunt. It was half past seven in the morning. He paused for a moment to assess his mood and realized he was a bit off-kilter. More anxious than usual perhaps. He probably just needed to get into his routine in order to grab happier thoughts. Many of his colleagues and friends would probably say that off-kilter was his natural state these days. However, they weren’t available for comment at that moment in...
“ Truth be Told” by John K Adams
Eleventh grade and Margot had been a newbie six times. Sheesh! Margot never expected to get used to being the ‘new kid.’ Once high school lay in the rear view mirror, she could get on with her life. Her immediate task was breaking into a group, so she wouldn’t spend the next two years alone. Margot knew too well, gaining social traction after school started, sucks, big-time. By week two, the cliques have gelled. B...
“A 500 rupee note” by Spondon Ganguli
Over a vast land in the Terai region of Darjeeling, there was a governmental dairy farm. The place had a pleasant and pristine environment smeared with tranquility. The farm was sandwiched by the forest on one side and the tea garden on the other side which spread far and wide. The farm's office employed ten to twelve people to look after the official works whereas for other groundwork like milk...
“A STORY OF DOLLS” by Mara Masolini
A STORY OF DOLLS Alice and Norma had known each other for a lifetime. They had gone to school together, they had done sports together, skiing and cycling. They had been in the same cultural and environmental associations. Now they were both over forty, both divorced. Alice had three teenage children, who lived with her. Norma instead had no children and, after the divorce from her husband...
“Shouting into the void” by Tsholofelo Tombale
“Hello. Is anyone from the army listening to this?” Prospero leaned into the microphone in front of him, and swallowed past the lump in his throat. He had snuck into the radio station he used to work at, and picking his way around toppled chairs and over splintered tables, he had gone into one of the studios to throw another of his weekly pleas out into the ether. “Please if someone from the army hears this...
“The Lie” by Kelly Haynes
I am leaning against the side of our decades-old Chevy, watching the numbers on the gas pump scroll higher while I envision the numbers in my bank account simultaneously falling. The windows of the car are open. It is late summer in Texas and so hot that the air overheats your lungs if you inhale too deeply. The A/C unit in the old car died years ago, and the hot breeze is the only thing standing between my son and me an...
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