Write about someone stuck in an endless cycle who finally manages to break free.
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“Strawberry Jam Under the Sea” by Aeris Walker
I am swimming, thrusting my arms through golden water—golden like oil. The water grows thick and syrupy, then it pulls me under. I’m in a bottle, glass sloping above me. Someone tilts and pours, and I slide onto a pan, palms burning from the heat. I slip and roll in the slick spill. Steam rises off my wet hair. Then I am smothered under the sticky weight of raw meat. “Mommy, can I sleep with you?”The voice startles me, a breathy whisper in the dark. Then it comes again.“Please? I had a bad dream.” ...
“First Rule of Time Travel” by Michał Przywara
By far the worst thing about time travel is saving Hitler’s life. Now don’t you yell at me, Monica – in my defence, I am saving him from myself. Earlier I did kill him first so that’s got to count for something, right? Well, it turned out to be a bad idea because I ended up breaking reality. Just a smidge. You can’t really hold it against me, because you didn’t exactly train me for this. B...
“How to Kill Someone after You're Dead” by Delbert Griffith
I didn’t know my murderer, and he didn’t know me. Carl Bronson was his name. He killed me with a 2021 Ford Mustang. The man was drunk and ran a red light, going at a speed not meant for city streets. The impact was terrific. I felt intense pain and I wanted to scream, but I couldn’t. All I could do was groan w...
“Kill the Messenger” by Geir Westrul
"Sweetie, look, this was just delivered. It's from ...," my wife reads the card while unboxing the birthday present, peeling off red gift wrapping, "... your Aunt Salomé." "That's nice — wait, Aunt Salomé? But — " The red gift wrapping blooms into an orange fireball. The shockwave pushes me, shoves me, throws me hard into the wall. The screams from my wife's...
“The Cove” by Joe Sauers
Catching sight of a silfrix flock, some twenty-thousand strong, passing overhead on a cloudlessly clear day like today, can, without warning, take one’s breath; snatching it away, to the verge of faint. Their deep yellow plumage against vibrant blue sky arrests the soul as would a lover’s desirous gaze. With the sun at their side as it now resides, shadow play across the burly fowl as they fly is a feast for the eyes. Their elegant, forward sweeping wings carry them along, alternately extending and drawn to, revea...
“George's New Life” by Bernie Rhodes
George stared at the pink slip his foreman handed him and each crew member, stating they would be laid off at the end of the day. George was forty-six years old and had worked at a rock quarry in Stone City since he was sixteen. The quarry would be closing permanently. He dreaded going home to tell his wife, Edith, a temperamental woman. At the end of their final shift, some of his coworkers met at the Hairy Goat Saloon. George hesitated to join them, but he didn...
“Words by Fives ” by Darya Silman
I liked to learn words by fives: Jerry, Perry, scary, betterment, elephant. 'An elephant! Look, look!' I shouted in excitement. A elephant, a child of twilight, slowly plodded between bare trees across the road. Its tusks were not white as I saw in movies about animals but more like unhealthy grey. One tusk's end was broken. Elephant's eyes didn't look bright. They were dull as the tires of cars that passed beneath my window. I looked back toward the bathroom. There were no familiar sounds. I ...
“Grandfather Clock” by Nona Yobis
I cleaned the grandfather clock today, just as she asked. I polished the frame and wiped the glass door. I dusted the pendulum and the weights,and used the step ladder to dust the top, too, making sure to check every square inch of its surfaces for potential filth. But it wasn’t enough. It’s never enough for her. “Now the pendulum’s crooked, what did you do?” “How did you miss that ...
“DEATH WITHOUT END” by Susan Catucci
**WARNING** Contains themes of violence; disturbing images.Amen. That’s how it always begins. I say a silent prayer, then lean over to kiss Brad, my husband, good night. Before I can turn around to turn off the light, Brad takes my face in his hands, looks deeply into my eyes, and then kisses me, fully and deliberately. We haven’t made love since the baby.Something grips me in that moment. I hadn’t known how it would be, had become timid...
“Ghost Writer” by Crissie Dittrich
Bridget was clearing the table when his phone chimed. She did her best not to react and busied herself brushing non-existent crumbs from the placemat. Matthew didn’t notice. He never noticed anymore. He sheepishly palmed his phone and made an exaggerated yawning motion, acting as if he wasn’t struggling with every second he couldn’t look at the phone. She knew it was killing him not to jump from the table. She sav...
“The Rescue” by Stevie Burges
‘Oh look, here she comes. Look at the way she waves to ‘mummy’. Do you think she’s quite normal?’ The girls stood at the street corner in their school uniforms hitched, pulled, and twisted to try and make them look appealing, sexy and fashionable. They stood around looking at her as she ran past them in her little girl’s dress, too neat, too clean, with her beautiful, youthful skin and s...
“Monotony” by Mary Bendickson
Ridin’ around in my automobile. Tryin’ not to fall asleep at the wheel. Round and round and round I go. Where I’ll land nobody knows.Caught in a spin cycle. Spinning my wheels. Never any end in sight. Think I’m getting ahead then some guy on a steel horse passes me by. Heck, the rate I’m going even that construction guy pushing the wheelbarrow is catching up to me.Endless, I’m tellin’ ya. Hopeless. I put in my paces, smile at the faceless faces hiding under haute hats all so I can chase that elusive money bag, pick up my sal...
“The fisherman's witches” by Susana Sela
She stares down at her hands, the lines like cracks in glass that seem to stretch on forever, reminding her of the bleak eternity she faces. The chill fills her bones and her breath turns to fog as she makes her way through the kitchen, standing over the stove to bring forth a spark of warmth to revive her dying soul. Though so many years have passed, age fails to linger on her as if time stands still in its attempt to keep her youthful beauty alive. She drudges through her chores, feeling the weight of all those ...
“Fitz” by John Rutherford
“I’m going round and round in circles here, Fitz, what’s the answer boy.” The physician looked down at the dog; the dog cocked its ear and looked at his master with intent; listening with sparkling intelligent eyes. The flickers of the candle reflecting in the pupils of the dog’s eyes. It was 1846 in Vienna, the small shabby room was framed in darkness, only the flickering candlelight, showed the untidy p...
“Devoted to Your Service” by R. S. Writes
At 1:25 a.m. Walter boarded the huffing and puffing train. He threw his lone duffel bag overhead and collapsed onto the seat, swearing under his breath to never return to Moniville ever again. As the train lazily gathered speed, Moniville and its six-thousand houses disappeared from his view, but the memory would remain for many years. He felt so stupid; a snort of disbelief escaped him while the other unsuspecting passengers slept on.You might not find what happened to him so enraging or humiliati...
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