The Diorama

She looks at the Diorama, then back at Shelby, then repeats the sequence. She raises her left hand to her chest, fingers splayed, pearl manicured nails flashing in the workshop lights and begins tap, tap, tapping her chest, sending little quivering shocks through the open cleavage of her ample breasts. She is panting now, her breasts rising and falling with the rapid expanding and contracting, still quivering as she taps faster.  The warmth and relaxation that followed the meal and the wine is now evaporating amidst a rising panic.

The Lineup

Photo Copyright – Nick Allen “Take a good look, Owen,” said the cop. “If you see the right one just tap it carefully on the handle.” Owen scratched his salt and pepper stubble and squinted at the line of oil cans. His eyes came to rest on a pale blue oiler with a long, narrow […]

The Break-up

 “Do you remember our first date?” she asked, as they admired the waterfall.

“Of course,” he smiled, “it was right here. You got drunk and nearly drowned.”

“I couldn’t swim, you saved my life. I felt…”

“Indebted to me?” he grinned.

The Spirit Guide

“Day and night cannot dwell together!” Spotted Bear rose from the table and strode angrily from the house. “Please Papa,” Christina called after him, “you’re more alike than you know.” Her husband John gently placed his hand on her swelling womb, her restless skin rippling beneath his touch. As Spotted Bear walked off his fury […]

The Noble Art

Photoprompt – copyright J Hardy Carrol The Noble Art (100 words) Mickey ‘the Bull’ watched his protégé spar. Thirty years in the game and he’d never had a prospect like Byron Thomas– the kid was a freak of nature. Now, with the challenger out, Mickey had got the call and Byron was on the brink […]

Good News

Last year, I did a lot of thinking about what to do with my short stories after I have written them. The truth is that I very much like to share them, to put them up on my blog and hope that people will enjoy them and possibly comment. This is a great way of […]

Ignis Avem!

Photo copyright – J Hardy Carroll Charcoal and water shone black in the moonlight as Bateman picked his way through the charred ruins of the house, the old man’s warning echoing in his head – Ignis Avem! “This is where the fire started.” The fireman said, pointing to a scorch-mark on what used to be […]

Empty Nest

Photo prompt © Douglas M. MacIlroy Empty Nest (100 words) Empty nest syndrome, the counsellor had called it. Get yourselves a hobby, he’d told them. Now Malcolm sat in his workshop, talking to his birds – ‘the man cave’ Marjorie had mockingly labelled it – and tried not to think about his wife, or her […]

God’s Instrument

Photo by Kevin Chach – Basurero Zona 3 Guatemala City,  google maps God’s Instrument  (150 words) – Micro Fiction “What is this, Nicolas?” Manuel looked at the flyer his son had brought him. “They’re offering free violin lessons after school,” said his son, “but I need an instrument.” Manuel shook his head. “I told you […]