Miramichi Flash showcases four stellar flash fiction in its October Issue. “Kafka’s Writing Group” by Jenn Ashton; “Firsts” by Ruth Joffre; “The Warrior” by Yunya Yang; and “Inner Thief” by Claire Polders. Enjoy!
“KAFKA’S WRITING GROUP” BY JENN ASHTON
“I once knew a man who was inside out, though he wore his hat in the usual way.”
“This is you that I am referring to Franz,” said Max, pointing to the page he was reading from.
“FIRSTS” BY RUTH JOFFRE
My first kiss: on a playground in first grade, our bodies curved inside a tunnel like plaque clogging the arteries of a heart. No one could crawl through us. While we kissed, we could hear a boy climb up onto the roof and lie down. He poked his head over the edge, his upside-down neck stretched like a uvula at the back of the tunnel’s throat. What I remember most about the moment now is his laughter.
“THE WARRIOR” BY YUNYA YANG
When she takes off her shoes and steps into the Dojo; when she sheds her dress, the soft shell peels off her skin; when she winds a long, white band around her breasts before slipping into the Keikogi…
“INNER THIEF” BY CLAIRE POLDERS
Her husband says they have enough. He folds his hand over hers, the one wielding the knife, and she stops slicing the breakfast bread. Their eyes meet. The word “enough” sounds foreign to her, as though it has lost all meaning. They eat one lightly buttered sandwich each and drink substitute coffee.