I Found a Cool Story the Other Day, #11

Flash Fiction Online is one of the foremost purveyors of stories less-than-or-equal-to 1000 words—mordant, quirky tidbits of writing that make a perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee and croissant.

The current issue offers two meditations on death. “Last Bites,” by Ken Pisani, is a sweet little fable about those who have passed, and how we remember them. The bizarre premise gives way to a wistful observation about human nature that I thought both elegant and profound.

Hungry,” by Tree Riesener, paints a stark picture of a family member’s death through a little girl’s eyes, reminding us that the way we treat the old says something very important about our own character—something even our youngest can understand.

These are two stories I think will linger in your mind for a while. Read and enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “I Found a Cool Story the Other Day, #11

  1. Dear Fred, Thanks so much for your kind words about my story, “Hunger,” as published in Flash Fiction Online. Your remark reminds of that story by Tolstoy about the child who taught his parents a lesson by saying he would imitate with them how they treated his grandfather. Here’s a link to the story:: http://www.snopes.com/glurge/woodbowl.asp, Another important element of the story is how easy it is for children to misunderstand the conversation of adults. An incident in my own life when I was a child was the stimulus for this story. Tree

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tree! I’ll probably be musing on this story for some time. It’s very true–I’m in constant danger of simultaneously overestimating and underestimating what my children understand, and trying to shield them from the truth often makes the confusion worse.

      Looking forward to reading more of your work.

      Fred

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