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.