Five sentence stories

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Outside the nightclub

This guy walks past the smoking man and quips, “You know that kills you, right?”

The smoking man looks up, flicks open his coat and says, “Yeah?” He reveals a holster. “So does this, motherfucker.”

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Corporate mirror

“Assert. Dominate. Be the biggest damn force in that room. Be god.”

With that, she made her way out of the bathroom and into the boardroom.

Hoons

All in a moment I wound down the window, pulled down my pants, stuck my ass out at Mr. Eldridge and looked back triumphantly, into the cackling faces of a carful of my mates.

For in that moment, I was a god. I was invincible. I was as bulletproof as a monk reaching nirvana.

Perhaps that’s why nudists live forever.

Droplets

I read in the rain to make the librarians think I cry over prose.

Minutiae

His mind was fixed on minutiae. He’d often spy her strands of dental floss, pelted with water, jittering like worms around his feet on the shower floor. The glass, scaly with soap. His toothbrushing shadow against the setting sun in a white cotton towel on the rack. But for all he saw, he saw very little.

Weeknights

He spent each weeknight cuddled up in bed, smiling into the eyes of his wife, foreheads touching, softly sharing their days.

“Mine was terrible.”

“Were you fired?”

“Yeah.”

“That’s ok.”

Pride

“I dunno dad. Them folks are on some cockamamie bullshit. They’re on planet stupid.”

“There’s a lot of money on planet stupid. Who’s stupid now?”

Dinosaur

“What is it dad?”

“It’s the skeleton of the T-rex, the firecest dinosaur there ever was. Gigantic, intelligent, agile, carnivor-”

“What about that?”

“That’s chewing gum.”

The nap

She woke up and everyone gave her one word answers.

“Is dad here or has he gone out?”

“Out.”

“What time are you going?”

“Soon.”

Later that night

“I love you.”

She didn’t say anything.

“I miss you.”

Still nothing.

He came back from the cemetery and went back to bed.

Self determination

Two elderly ladies talk to each other on the bus into town.

“She said to me “what do you want to do today?” and I said “I don’t know”. I’m used to people saying “you need to do this, oh you must, oh you should”. So when she asked me what I wanted to do I told her, I wanted to sit on the swing. So I went into the garden and sat on the swing.”

The sleepwalker

“You called me a monster.”

“A monster?”

“Am I?”

“Do you only listen to me when I’m sleeping? …

 … Yes, you are.”

Poolside

“Whvat avre yvovu dvoivng novw?”

I took out my earplugs.

“Drying myself.”

“After.”

“Going out.”

Snow in Oberon

It never snowed in Oberon. When it did the locals had no tire chains or toboggans. The children used boogie boards and had colds for weeks after. No one in town minded much. Neither did the doctors.

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