Start or end your story with someone realizing that life isn’t like the movies, for better or worse.
Posted in Kids on Oct 31, 2022
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“The Star of Our Show” by Dustin Gillham
You witness wild eyes fall upon you through splayed fingers, bringing about a sense of eerie disassociation. A couple of eager, round-skulled photographers capture you along the carpet towards the Palace of Festivals. Distended and broken arms sway with cameras like gothic trees in a fairy tale wood. You look up with hesitation and regard them without a smile. You maneuver out of the limousine and into the chaos. <...
“Where the Heart Is” by Zack Powell
Did you know India looks nothing like the city in Aladdin? I discovered that just now, a minute ago, as the wheels of the plane clapped the tarmac and the pilot's staticky voice rumbled above our heads like God himself, welcoming us to Delhi. When I finally summoned the courage to raise the window shade and look outside, there was no bazaar waiting to greet me, no kleptomaniacal monkeys in fezzes running amok. Just disillusionment.In my defense, my family emigrated from New Delhi to the United States when I was ...
“Visitors” by Michał Przywara
“Looks like de Luca is making a new movie,” Brent said, face buried in his phone. Renee stared up at the moonroof and sighed. She put the car into park and leaned back. Not like traffic was going anywhere. “There’s a name I haven’t heard in years,” she said. “Is he really still directing?” “Ooh!” said Brent. “Looks like Adriana Mendoza’s in it.” Renee ran her hands over her face. Somewhere alo...
“The Unfortunate Adventures of Prince Cuthbert Winkwilliam” by Riel Rosehill
Escape, escape, escape, Dylan screamed in his mind, his stomach twisting into a tight knot as the princess wailed before him. The holographic text box floating in front of his eyes informed him that getting out was not an option for him.“You cannot quit the game between save points.” His hands were shaking as he gripped the hilt of his sword with both, trying to anchor himself to the one constant in the game, his trusted weapon, now dripping with dark scarlet.Am I having a panic...
“Fragmented Reality ” by Alyssa Telgenhoff
High school parties aren’t like the movies. I had imagined most of my junior class packed in a mansion, drinking from red solo cups, dancing around, carefree. Being young. Maybe being a little bit stupid. That’s not what I was met with that night. I was in my favorite worn jeans and had smeared pink lipgloss on my mouth. Five guys were sitting on stained red couches, passing ...
“Boombox” by Kendall Defoe
It was all Michael’s fault. After three weeks of dating, he really wanted to do something special for Sara. There were flowers (white roses; a favourite she mentioned in passing), candy (little Coke bottles; he liked them, too), and a dinner (home cooked when his parents were out and he finally learned how to make his own bread). It was all perfect; Sara told him so. And then, his first big mistake that felt like the per...
“Original Ending” by Kevin Coleman
Noah had had enough of arguing with Maggie and the harder his step-daughter pushed things, the closer he got to the edge of losing his temper. Maggie had overslept and missed the bus. Now he was going to be late for work making sure she got to school on time.“Why won’t you just relax, Dad?” she said. “I don’t understand what the big deal is!”“The answer is still no, Maggie. You’ve already seen the movie twice.”“But I love the ending! Please! It’s just a co...
“As You Wish” by Murray Burns
As You WishYou might call Harvey “Walter Mitty Lite”. He didn’t concoct fantastic journeys in his mind, or imagine himself committing an impressive array of heroic deeds. Rather, Harvey’s peculiar inclination rested with his ability to wrap himself in the identities of others more interesting or impressive than himself. More often than not, he found these characters in the movies.
“Make America Grate Again” by Graham Kinross
TW: Swearing. Is your cheese too blocky? Are your burgers hampered by the height of your halloumi? The solution is simple. For only $9.99 we can teach you how to turn a culinary faux pas into a fromage. *Soft white rind cheese sold separately. When I was a kid, I thought my life would be like the movies, specifically Spy Kids. Being a spy in real life is incr...
“A Pirate's Life For Me” by Michael McCarthy
“Sail ho! Sail ho!” shouted Johns from the crow’s nest. “What do ye see, Johns?” the ship’s second in command shouted up toward the top of the mast. It was in the middle of the second dog watch, sixth bell struck a bit ago, but not quite seventh bell. It was not quite 1930 hours yet; dusk at this time of season and at this latitude; not wholly dark, but well into dusk. If Johns spotted another ship in ...
“Snake in the grass” by Mark Sheehan
“So, is there anything you don’t get?” Connie asked, resting his tattooed hands on the steering wheel of the Ford F-Series pickup. A Cottonmouth snake—perhaps one of Connie’s victims—curled around each muscled forearm with an open mouth—ready to strike— on the back of each hand. A similar tattoo arose from the collar of his shirt, traversed his neck, and disappeared onto the top of his bald head. I noticed it during my i...
“It's the Shoes” by Jim Firth
Casting office bathrooms are the worst—nervous stomachs tend to make a mess. You’d think the nerves would lessen with each audition, but that’s not the case for me. An experienced actor once told me to pop antidiarrheals before an audition—a trick I still use to this day. I’ve since added Siberian ginseng and CBD oil to my arsenal of pre-audition tinctures to help battle the nerves. When I was a Midwestern pre-teen dreaming of celluloid immortalisation, I didn’t think of such prac...
“Happily Ever One Day” by Shelby B
I remember when I was young, dreaming of the day when Prince Charming would come knocking on my door, ready to whisk me away for our forever fairytale. I was so young and naïve. Oh, how I wish I could go back, but life isn't perfect fairytales and cheesy rom-coms. I know that now. I know that now because of him.I met him when I was just fifteen years old. He was older than me. He was twenty two and he had a motorcycle. He was all tattoos and dark hair. He wasn't exactly the prince I imagined when I was little, but I wasn...
“On The Kisser” by Marty B
The anger growing in me feels good, my fist clenches, I am going to knock this guy into next week. My whole life I took the hits, the curses, well no more. I am Rocky, the greatest boxer who ever lived. Standing at the bar, half listening to Lori, this asshole bumped me hard, I know it was on purpose. I snap, throw my glass at the floor, the crash echoing the sound in my head. Adrenaline and whisky course through me, th...
“Wurlds Best Cashir” by O Live
Our TV is broken. It resides in the basement with the old couch and the water heater and the dust. It has a huge, spiderweb crack on the right, that bleeds multicolored pixels onto the picture, but it works well enough to put a tape into. I sit with a quilt that smells like basement squeezed around my shoulders tight. I have to hug my knees in close to keep the chill from biting at my toes.“Well I’ll be darned. I think this might be the best card I’ve ever seen!” I love TV. I love the mommy and the daddy and the bro...
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