The Dinner

She called unexpectedly one day. “Hi, it’s Sherry. We Met at Drew’s party. I’m a friend of Alice.” “Uh, sure. I’ve seen you a few other times as well, haven’t I,” Bill said. “Maybe at some group meetings?” “Yes, but I’m not a member. I belong to another one.” Bill fiddled with the phone cord […]

Lost Dreams

Once again he awakened with the juicy part of a dream playing in his mind’s monitor. Alas, as often happens, the finale escaped observation. Perhaps I need a dreamcatcher. It’s as bad as recording a movie on the DVR only to find out after watching it for two hours that the last several minutes were cut off, leaving […]

The Dog Star’s Bark

I gazed in rapt wonder at the dark night sky, nearly asleep in the deck’s recliner. Then came the sound. I swear, I did hear the Dogstar barking at me. She wouldn’t believe me of course, when I told her. Any more than when I told her of the squirrel who returned my wave with an uplifted […]

High Beams, Cold Beer and Church

High beams flashed like lightning in the night, blinding aging eyes. Into the ditch he drove and out again, sliding over leaves piled deep by the wind. “Whew, that was close!” He said. “Yes dear, but thrilling wasn’t it?” Said Hilda. “Perhaps you could call it that. Easy enough for you to say, you weren’t […]

The Farting Frog

The last night they spent together passed into morning. The moon still shone faintly in the pre-dawn sky as a rising sun colored clouds pink. The night could scarcely be called romantic, recounting the experiences of Northern Ireland during its boom years. They had the IT world by the tail. Launching new websites connected to robust servers, passing financial data […]

An American in Paris

Who knows what may come of a tourist encounter? The Gila Writers Group is typically small, between 4-8 people, but it serves me well in story starters. This is another inspired by a recent meeting. “Quelle heure est-il,” he asked the vendor selling crepes. “3:20,” the man replied, tugging a watch from his apron pocket. The vendor […]

A Cloud Descends

John is still awaiting his computer’s return. Here is his newest short item, inspired by the upcoming weather where we live, among other things. Who knows where it will go from here. On a chilly winter’s morn, the cloud descended around them. Anne let the leash out long, giving Max freedom to sniff and explore. Footsteps […]

The Pleasure Store

She sent him to the pleasure store with a note telling the clerk what she wanted, hoping he would be granted entrance. Adults only said the sign. At 12, he could hardly pass for one. Embarrassing being sent on such an errand. Since his father had passed away several years before, she briefly had a […]

Just a Gigolo or a Surrogate Therapist?

Fact or fiction, you decide. Maybe it’s based on real events with the names changed to protect the innocent or the guilty. Jason went with a female friend—not a girlfriend, just a fellow member of a group to which they both belonged, to visit a friend of hers in the hospital. He had met Ellen […]