The Glowing Embers by Urvi Roy

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I fixated upon a stout and pudgy elderly man in front of me. His demeanor looked awfully rigid and his eyes flitted unwittingly. It must have been his first-time.

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Urvi Roy is an avid writer of realistic fiction and opinionated pieces on societal events. When she’s not scribbling out the words to a creative piece of flash fiction, short story, or poem, she can be found devouring the works of Kiera Cass or the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, dancing to classical Indian or contemporary pieces, practicing lines for a theater performance, or trying to sew with a new piece of fabric. She was wholeheartedly inspired to write this piece of flash fiction by her preoccupation with cliff-hanger ending, mysterious, and suspenseful episodes that leave viewers or readers, like herself, thoroughly insatiable!

The Merchant’s Table by Sophia Hoetzler

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A kind-hearted mother wants the best future for her daughter but is forced to face the choices she made in her past. Will Rohanna move forward with confidence or will her daughter have to make the same sacrifices?

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Sophia Heotzler graduated from Geneva College with a BA in English literature. She grew up with deaf parents, making her first language American Sign Language. She loves to pour this unique perspective in her writing, using visual language to explore inner conflict and relational challenges. Inspired by authors like Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, and J.K. Rowling, Sophia loves to blend real-life issues with fantastic imagery.

The Time-Traveller’s Strife by Alan Grant

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Jason Mourn, still struggling to recover from a bad breakup has a chance to change his future by altering his cringeworthy past.

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Alan Grant is a writer from Ireland with a focus and emphasis on humorous fiction.

Right There by Anneliese Schultz

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A young woman decides to take a Covid-era chance. (Not a screw-social-distancing chance; more like a he-may-Unfriend-me-for-this chance.) Now all she has to do is bring her past, hold the present, and have faith in future as she meets him first time amidst these fading gravestones.

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A Bread Loaf Scholar and Pushcart Prize nominee, Anneliese completed her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC, and was shortlisted for the 2016 HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction. The prompt for this story was one she mightily resisted—until the character showed up and suggested she get out of the way. Anneliese works on her YA climate fiction, a Middle Grade ghost story, and lockdown flash fiction in Vancouver, BC. Pre-border closure, much of her writing time was spent in Boulder, CO, and points between on the train. She can also be found at http://laughinginthelanguage.com/

The Spot by Claudia Hauter

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Abbi is cooking up yet another dinner party, but this one may turn out the be different.

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Claudia Hauter is a writer of no wrongs – a moniker she adapted from Don Quixote. When she’s not reading books and writing about them, she’s working in South African television creating digital content. She also loves movies, coffee, and saving planet Earth.

Morning Glory by Isha Bakar

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About how a daughter is coping with her mother’s death.

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I love writers who play with characters’ view points to tell a story from different angles. For the previous StoryADay, I explored writing stories written in the voices of different characters over a central theme.

When To Talk To Strangers by Sharon X. Wong

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What if talking to strangers is the right thing to do? A different take on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

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Sharon lives in Perth, Western Australia, but spends most of her time in completely imaginary worlds. She has worked as a translator and language tutor and enjoys symphonic music and stories in all their forms.

Parentheses by Laura Porter

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It was the waiting that was the worst.

The chalk stopped tapping against the blackboard, and the droning came to a halt, ending on the up note of a question. Next, a long and deliberately antagonistic pause. The feet began their slow heel to toe stroll toward the tables.

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Laura Porter is a freelance writer and editor who writes regularly for area newspapers and magazines. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies. Her historical novel, Turned Adrift, is in process. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, the dog and the cat, as well as whichever millennial child needs a break from the real world at the moment.