The Basement

Marty stood staring at the heavily locked door that opened onto the basement stairs. He drew the keys from the front pocket of his jeans and they jingled together loudly as his hand shook. Closing his eyes and taking a deep breath, he clenched his fists tightly at his sides and muttered to himself. “I […]


Carl sat with his back against the cold tile of the bathroom wall, looking down at the small bag of peanuts in his hand. It was the type of bag you get for free when you fly coach on most airlines. In point of fact that’s exactly where he got them, on that flight he […]

The Ransom Note

It’s been a year now that she’s been gone. It certainly doesn’t feel like it. I’ll never forget that day, the day she left us. I was out getting my hair done at Raoul’s. Cindy was throwing one of her famous bashes that weekend and of course I just needed to look amazing. Raoul himself […]

The Tattoo

The bell over the door tinkled as the old man entered the tattoo shop, announcing his presence. “Be right with ya!” came a shout from somewhere beyond the counter. The old man stood just inside the doorway gazing around from behind his thick glasses at all the art on the walls. With wide eyes he […]

The Mask

As Bryce looked through his latest haul he still couldn’t believe his luck. The tip he had gotten from the guy that ran the pawn shop had paid off big time. He’d been skeptical at first since it seemed too good to be true. What kind of art collector had such a crappy security system? […]

Mary and Bob

I’m taking an online course in creative writing and our first assignment was to write a story using a phrase (from a list) as your first line and include a twist at the end. We had to keep our story to 300 words or less. I choose the phrase “Mary was “fed up” with Bob […]