Short stories

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

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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Snorkeling Romance

[Fiction Humour] It was my first time for snorkeling romance. I was so excited. It was at the Champagne Reef off Dominica Island, an emerald jewel dropped into the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Barney and I slipped off the dive boat, into the lovely warm water, and off we went. Everyone on …

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Told Ya So

“Just one more. Please?” He clasped his hands and blinked his large doe brown eyes. Karol looked at Pete, plumped in his pillows. His headboard bookcase was already neatly packed full of books. Horizontal stacks rose from the top shelf. Multi-coloured stripes of green, brown, red, black, blue. “Ya so.” He squealed, and jumped out …

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