Brand New Short Stories
These are the latest new short stories published by Alfie Dog Fiction. We publish new stories every week, so please come back regularly.
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A Fresh Start – Michele Dunn
1600 words Romance
It's never too late to change the direction of your life. David wasn't happy with his job, his love life, or his living situation and that’s exactly what he decided to do. The results were certainly life changing.
Everything in my life had become a merry-go-round of nothingness. No girlfriend, no car, no home. Living with my mum once again at the age of twenty-nine was not how I pictured my life. The only thing that saved me from total depression was my degree in Architecture. It was the one thing that allowed me to keep following my dreams despite all the setbacks that have plagued me for the last three years, leading me to this point. I hated my job. Yes, I was working in my chosen field, but I was under-utilised and had no control over any project that I worked on. I was merely a pencil-pusher, drawing the visions of somebody else’s design.
Burnt Down – Rosemary Johnson
1000 words General Fiction
The café, where Susan was eating pink ice cream just a fortnight ago, is now a dense blackened shell, the roof caving in around a jagged charred hole. After glimpsing It once, she can’t bear to look again but It follows into her own bedroom. There’re no such things as ghosts… are there?
I can’t look. A little dog is chasing two boys in grey school shorts, barking sharp yaps of excitement. As if It’s not there, not casting its shadow over the very grass where they’re playing. Beyond I can hear squeals, shouts and splashing from the outdoor pool. Under my arm is my elasticated bathing costume, rolled up in my towel. All week, I’ve begged to come here, even though it’s only May and still a bit cold. Its blackness looms over us like a bully’s fist. I turn my back on It. In fact, I don’t look again all afternoon.
Griff Dakota – The Shimmering Cutlass – John Lockyer
5000 words Children 7 - 10
Griff Dakota and Lupus, a motorbike with futuristic features, are trapped in a parallel world. How did they get there? Will they escape? Their only hope is the Shimmering Cutlass.
Listen to the Deaf Man Sing – Edward Ahern
3100 words Fantasy
"Listen to the Deaf Man Sing" tells of a man whose unconscious words play like music in listeners' minds, bringing many to ecstasy and a few to suicide.
One hundred thirty faces canted upward, staring at Stephen. Such smugness, he thought, such presumed entitlement while waiting for this odd little man to speak. An old woman topped with an obvious wig sat in the front row and stared raptly up at him. How much she looks like my mother, who never really listened to me. “There's no point in taping this, my recorded voice won't convey what you'll hear. I speak without a microphone to small groups because electronic amplification strips out the psychic flesh and leaves a shell of words.
Password Protected – Tracey Walsh
2000 word Thriller
Agoraphobic Jenny relies on her computer for everything – but is the computer her lifeline or something more sinister?
The Fortune Teller – Edward Ahern
2500 words Fantasy
"The Fortune Teller" is a monk ordered by the Catholic church to discover what its future heresies and sins will be so they can be prevented. But torment begins when he's able to foretell these events.
The Crusader’s Latin was crudely scribed, with many misspellings, but Brother Willman read along quickly, absorbing the narrator’s pride in the pillage and destruction of Constantinople. Christians off handedly killing Christians. The writer had felt no need for apology. Brother Willman sighed. The victors always wrote from moral superiority. He turned off the light above the vellum book and took a step over to an adjacent table, where loose parchment sheets were arranged. These sheets, also written in Latin, were an account of the same events by a Byzantine priest. He claimed moral superiority as well, but in defeat, and cited the atrocities of the Crusaders as evidence of their demonic nature.
The Time of Our Lives – Frank Staniforth
1800 words Science Fiction
Time-traveller Alison thinks she has ruined her life, until she is shown a glimpse of her own future.
I stared around Sarah's Snacks, stirring my tea pensively. It was obvious that the wise timeship Juliet should have brought me here again when I had ordered it simply and desperately to take me away. I'd visited this cafe on several occasions before, attracted back by its peaceful atmosphere and friendly staff, but never on the same day. No big deal for me to meet another self, yet disturbing to the people around me and so to the timeline. That would never do, however hopeless I felt personally. “Are you all right, Alison?” a woman's voice asked. It was one of the counter girls.