Category Archives: Short fiction

In the Land of Karl

Simon, my neighbor across the street, was thrilled ten years ago when someone gave him a pure-bred puppy, with papers. All through his childhood, the family had owned one mutt after another. This dog was his and could prove he … Continue reading

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Mister Dog

I woke up with a start; it was 3:00 a.m. exactly. It felt like I wasn’t alone, though nobody was visible in the room. “It’s just me, Boss.” This was a voice I had never heard before, but I knew … Continue reading

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Open Map

On the bus, the tourists are easy to spot; they have a street map open and are often arguing. It’s fun for me as a retired person – someone who can spare the time – to play guide for them. … Continue reading

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Los Lunas

The world has changed since I started school in 1892.  We spelled the big town Alburquerque, and New Mexico was still a territory.  And there was no Mystery Rock then.  I didn’t work on the rock till 1910.  Now, 1940, … Continue reading

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Invitation to the Dance

The Old Man “You ready to take a few licks, Old Man?” “That’s what I’m here for, son,” the Old Man said.  The words came out with more conviction than he felt.  He had not engaged in this sort of … Continue reading

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Bad Boy Campground

The first thing I remember clearly in the dream – that’s what I’ll call it, for lack of another word – is that I’m sitting around a campfire with this old-time cowboy.  I’m naked, which makes sense, because I’m actually … Continue reading

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Dumb Animal

Skateboard on cement sounds exactly like a dog’s growled invitation to play.  With the board’s speed added, it’s an irresistible lure.  When I hear one far off, I grit my teeth and say to myself, I’m a good boy, I … Continue reading

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