Short Stories

Stood Up in the Gallery – A Short Short Story

    Chapter One Once upon a time there was a very tall woman named Galindra. Most of her height was due to her very, very big head. Without her head she would be three feet tall. But her head was six feet tall all by itself so she ended up being 9 feet tall....

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The Woman at Midas in the Rain – A Short Short Story

Prologue She sat quietly on the phone. Chapter One Ok, she wasn't actually sitting on the phone.  Well, ok maybe she was sitting on A phone, I don't really know. But she wasn't sitting on the phone she was talking on. She was talking on that phone. It would be weird...

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The Blood Moon Murder – An Illustrated Short Story

  Chapter One Emily took the mirror out of her purse. She was looking for blood splatter but noticed her hair instead. She didn't like how her hair looked when it blew in the wind. Instead of looking full like she wanted, it looked straggly and thin. She couldn't...

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Plain Jane and Wild Willy – A Short Short Story

Plain Jane and Wild Willy Jane was eating lunch in the little bookshop bistro on Main Street.  She sat reserved and composed, her hair pulled back with a nondescript band into a well mannered ponytail. She ate her soup silently, not moving her body much and never...

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What The Nurse Said – An Illustrated Short Story

  What She Did - Chapter One Yes, she had to stay at her brother's apartment Ruth told their mom.  Yes, she knew that meant mom would have to find someone else to let the dog out to go pee during the day, but she still needed to stay over there. Ruth made a list...

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The Curious Event – A Short Story

    Chapter 1 Betsy heard it first as she was running her usual Saturday morning run. She had a long training run that morning and had decided to run through some lightly used trails that criss crossed open fields in the State Park behind her college.  Most...

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She in Mexico – A Short Love Story

  Chapter One She was sitting across from the man, staring out at the planes landing and taking off. He observed her in between checking his email, an intriguing diversion from the drudgery of catching up with a week's worth of business. She was sunburnt head to...

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The Forgotten Pants – A Short Short Story

Inspired by a true event.     Chapter One Heather played her horn for 3 hours, the entire length of the gallery opening.  Her legs were cold the entire time. Chapter Two When she got home and undressed she realized she had forgotten to put on her pants that...

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Rock, Paper, Scissors – A Short Short Story

The original painting or a print are available for purchase. A matte and frame is also available. Chapter One The artist had 3 friends.  The 3 friends were with the artist at a bar one night when they all saw a very attractive man at the same time.  They decided to...

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The Nickname – A Short Short Story

 Drawing at Crystal Bridges The origin of the drawing was a quick sketch at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. There was an area of the temporary exhibition where people were handing out paper and clipboards and encouraging people to draw.  I took...

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Mary and Elizabeth – A Short Story

    Chapter One The artist, Bethany, was having her first solo art exhibition in 3 years. She had done a series of paintings of nude biblical figures. The painting she was giving her gallery talk about was titled 'Mary and Elizabeth'. It depicted the New...

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Theology Illustrated

      Brandi contemplating on a rainy day at Foolish Things with churches in the distance in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 05/12/14.   ___________________ Drawing by Marty Coleman...

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The Witness – A Short Short Story

      Chapter One Penelope was a Tour Guide of impeccable reputation.  She knew everything there was to know about the art in the museum, including the current exhibition.  She would explain in great detail why the artist made the choices she made and...

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The Judgment – A Short Story

  Prologue Beatrice was raised by a very judgmental mother who didn't like her much.       Chapter One Beatrice saw the mother and daughter on the street outside of gallery as she went up the steps.  As she juggled her keys and coffee to unlock the door...

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Never – A Short Short Story

  Prologue Millicent had never been the subject of a short story before. She had been mentioned in a weird poem her 10th grade boyfriend had written for her when he was high on pot, but never a short story.     Chapter One Millicent had never been in an...

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The Disillusioned – A Short Short Story

      Chapter One Rita got the invitation the same day her date stood her up (she hadn't had a successful second date in 2 years) so she decided to go to the opening alone. She knew the show would have nudes in it, but didn't realize every single...

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The Hand Model – A Short Story

  Prologue She didn't realize today would be the most important day of her life.     Chapter One The Waitress was waiting tables, depressed and annoyed at having been in the city for months and still not having made any friends or making any progress in...

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The Trip to the Museum – A Short, Short Story

  Prologue She was born in 1975 in Tupelo, Mississippi but moved with her family to Paris, France at the age of 2.  She had been married but her American husband had been killed in the Iraq War. She was an accountant and liked to do crafts.  She had one son....

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Short Short Stories From the Cemetery

The Super Hero   Earlier during my cemetery walkabout, right as the sun went down, I happened upon a lone superhero starting her overnight vigil overlooking the city. She was strong and disciplined. I asked her how she got to be a superhero. She said she always...

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The Blue Woman – A Short Short Story

      The Blue Woman Prologue She born in 1977 in rural west Texas.  When she was born her lips were blue and her father exclaimed, "Well, HELLO Blue!" and the nickname stuck.  Her real name was Trinity Amelia Forsyth. No one ever called her Trinity...

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The Knitter in Love – A Short Short Story

      __________ Prologue She moved to Denver and told herself she was going to change things, get out and start living again, even if it was just to go get coffee in the morning. ___________ Chapter One The Knitter liked to go to Starbucks to knit....

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The Best Friends – A Short Short Story

Prologue They had their conversation in the shade.     Chapter One She was talking about her pain. She told of her silly assumption that her best friend would overlook a very minor annoyance given the circumstances and how it hurt to realize no benefit of...

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