In my tireless effort to become a “real” writer, I sometimes dabble in writing short stories. Some of these were written for a challenges in which I was given a few elements that must be included in the story. Others are simply stories I felt inspired to write without direction.
They are all fiction, they are all written by me – Malissa Greenwood – and they are all yours for the reading. Enjoy and please let me know what you think.
I know. This is the second short story posted here with this main theme. AND the second story in which ‘refuge’ is used in the title. What is up with that?! Frankly… I don’t know. Best not to question the muse I ‘spose.
This short story was originally written for a challenge in which no more than 525 words could be used to write a story that included the following elements: silk striped pajamas, an entitled victim, snow drifts, and any part of the lyrics to ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ by The Eagles.
A short story about an evening in the life of a family with young kids – costumes, parties, and sarcasm all rolled into a flash fiction!
The family had a big night planned; the kids were attending a big school party out by the old smokestacks for Halloween and Clair and her husband Ed had graciously volunteered to help.
A short story originally written for a challenge, in which no more that 525 words could be used to write a story that included the following: a woman in a clothes dryer, a wooden hanger, a brush with no bristles, and menstrual cramps.
I hope you enjoy my attempt at a sort of detective drama / mystery!
A short story (flash fiction actually) originally written for a winter themed contest. The only instructions were to include snowy weather and to keep it below 300 words – so it’s a little shorter than the other stories I’ve shared.
“The snow packed ground crunched beneath Katie’s sneakers. The winter wind, bitterly cold, whipped against her face, creeping through her scarf. She hugged her frail arms against her small twelve-year-old frame and walked swiftly, intent on reaching the library as quickly as possible….”read more
Short story originally written for a writing challenge – “Today was Generational Integration Day at Meadow Winds Assisted Living. Some cockamamie outreach program designed to keep the residents active while promoting the facility’s “wonderful activities” to the community – you know in case there were people nearby thinking of sending their elders to this god forsaken hell hole….”read more
*Short story originally written for The Iron Writer Challenge in which no more than 525 words could be used to tell a story that involved the following elements: a roller skating fiddler, an extremely overweight man, a billboard filled city, and a tedious task. I...read more
*Short story originally written for The Iron Writer Challenge in which no more than 525 words could be used to tell a story that included the following elements: velvet gloves, bubble gum, playing with fire, and puppy love. Thank you for reading - I'd love to know...read more
*Short story originally written for a flash fiction challenge in which the elements of Drama, a conference room, and a baby rattle were to be used. The conference room smelled of furniture polish. I sat alone at the long mahogany table admiring the elegant decorations...read more
The list of expenses was never ending. But the list of income, on the other hand, was short. And the credit cards were at their limit.read more
It was bad enough to have been in that monstrous lab for as long as she was, she couldn’t imagine going back. What horrible experiments would they perform next?read more