Short stories

Scary, funny, and sad micro-stories and flash fiction by Jan L. Mayes.

Chocolate Gift Tradition

Over the holidays, we discovered a gift at our doorstep. “What is it?” asked the child. “Chocolates from our hermit neighbour,” said His Highness. “She leaves them every year.” He ripped off the glittery wrapping paper. Fancy chocolates from Daniel Le Chocolat Belge. Yummo. While he wasted time checking the chocolate identification codes, I identified …

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Canada Geese Migration Luck

[genre: non-fiction, humour] His Highness and I were on a nature walk with Dingo and Wiley, looking forward to watching Canada Geese migration. The dog and puppy running, herding, and using logs and debris as an agility course seemingly custom designed for their Blue Heeler joy and enlightenment. Overhead, the harsh cries of Canada geese …

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Avast Me Hearties This Be a Pirate Mini-Story

[Genre: fiction, humour, short story] The child slumped through the front door after school. Despair hanging above her head like a plump rain cloud. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “I have to write a poem.” “That doesn’t sound so hard.” “About pirates.” “You can do it.” “Why didn’t they ask us to do something good, like …

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