Fiction

KIM JONG el ÚN-ico

A Contrived Diatribe by Kim Jong Un

[In a flurry of obeisant response, Kim Jong Un enters a guided ballistic missile complex just outside Pyongyang City. In white-glove inspection mode, the “Great Leader” directs his conversation to any number of identical and appropriately terrified listeners.] KIM: I find this incomprehensible; are you all a mere pack of incompetent boobs?! Just how much embarrassment do you expect me to withstand? I will not bear it alone, you know. If I am to be humiliated, others will share my shame. Among the last four missiles launched from this godforsaken facility, only one can be considered even a...

Cat's Cradle

The Woman in the Swamp

Lisa opened her eyes to the hazy grey of a Florida morning. Like the varied instruments of an orchestra slowly coming to life, one by one the woodland voices came to her ears. Grimacing, she pushed aside long, loose strands...

Inner Dialogue

The Voice Inside

It's coming isn't it? Why do you think so? You know I hate riddles, just tell me. What do you think is coming? Can't you just say yes or no? Why do you always ask me questions? So I can...

BREAM ME UP, CAESAR

A high tale of Trump based on alternative facts

(Fact-finders reportedly have clicked on this while reading the following breaking news) In honor of International Women's Day, Brexit PM May had invited Trump on March 8 to a traditional British cuisine, prepared by Gordon Ramsay, at her residence on...

AUTUMN FOR MAELDOM CANDIDUS REX

A now-relevant fable, analogous to Mankind and Earth

Maeldom candidus rex (MCR) had ruled a great portion of Planet Thrae since time immemorial. It had not always been that way, but with the passage of time, MCR was able to attach to his blanched exterior an arbitrarily, high...

PASSAGE

A First Nations (Cherokee) myth-based response to 9/11

This story is fiction and is not intended to represent any reality other than empowering creativity, embedded loosely in Cherokee mythology.  A 2001 version of the story earned a 3rd prize award from the International Ground Zero literature contest in...

The Block

One July day in Brooklyn, a long time ago…

This was their world, every inch, from one corner to the other. They were as relaxed and secure on ‘the block’ as most other people in their living rooms. As kids, they had thrown water balloons from the rooftops on...

A Matter of State - Installment 10

Down to the Wire

Outside Dudgeons’ Compound – 10:10 AM Hawaii Time From the monkey pod tree on the previous night, Nachtmann caught a glimpse of Dudgeons inside the main building. That sighting kept him motionless for over and hour, waiting for a shot...

A Matter of State - Installment 9

Revolution 101 - A User's Guide

PREVIOUS EPISODE                                 NEXT EPISODE Hilo Buddhist Temple, Hilo, HI – 9:00 PM Hawaii Time An escape hatch had been built into the wall of the temple during WWII, so the story went, to allow conscientious objectors a means of...