Microfiction – The Creature


“Sir, have you actually seen the creature?”
“No, but CNN and the government spokesperson said there was going to be an increase in sightings this winter.”
“Do you know anyone who knows someone who’s seen the creature?”
“No, but I saw a post on the internet from a person who said their grandpaw did, and he died.”
“On the internet, you say.”
“Yes.”
“And what makes you think the creature is hiding in the woods behind your house?”
“I saw some footprints. And the Governor said the creature leaves footprints.”
“Sounds like Bigfoot to me.”
“Oh no, this creature is not like Bigfoot at all.”
“It’s not?”
“No, Bigfoot sightings have been around for a long time. This creature is new, and the government says there will be way more sightings.”
“They did?”
“Yes, sir.”
“And just what is it that you are afraid of?”
“Seeing it–I don’t want to drop dead like that person’s grandpaw. And just last night, CNN showed a video of a college student dropping dead after he saw one on the beach. The creature had already left, but you could see the guy’s drunken buddies dragging him away.”
“Drunken buddies?”
“Yes, sir.”
“And why do you want me to arrest your neighbor?”
“Because he’s been walking around in the woods in complete violation of the Governor’s mandate. And I’m afraid he’s going to bring the creature back with him.”
“How is he going to bring the creature back if people drop dead during a sighting?”
“Duh, he wears sunglasses as recommended by the CCC.”
“The CCC?”
“Center for Creature Control.”
“Never heard of it.”
“They just created it last week.”
“They did?”
“Yes, sir.”
“Well. I’m afraid there is no law against walking in the woods.”
“But the governor said–.”
“The Governor says a lot of things. He’s an idiot.”
“Oooh, I’m going to report you.”
“Please do; they’re defunding us anyway.”

Microfiction – Mr. Sims


The screen flashed, and a message appeared.

Hello, Mr. Sims. I have a few questions for you?

Mr. Sims looked down at his phone for a minute, then replied.

Who is this?

You’ve been a little out of character this week. Why have you disobeyed the governor’s orders? You are putting us at risk.

We’re not at risk, and the numbers are wrong.

I did not say you were at risk.

Then who were you referring to?

US, your representatives, and your disobedience is putting our power in jeopardy.

But–

Sorry, Mr. Sims, game over. You have been deemed non-essential, and will be deleted.

“Wait!” Mr. Sims exclaimed as all evidence of his life slowly turned to bits.

Microfiction – Green Zone


Millions of years have passed, and all evidence of a technological society has melted away in the earth’s core. Two people have survived in an unknown green zone; a man and a woman. Others live in the wastelands, but they have been too busy to seek them out. A child is on the way, and the woman must stay healthy. After taking a bite out of an apple, she offered it to her husband.

Microfiction – The Night


The short night, the long day.
“It’s too hot, Pappy.”
The long night, the long day.
“I hate raking leaves, Pappy.”
The long night, the short day.
“It’s too cold, Pappy.”
The long night, the long day.
“My allergies are killing me, Pappy.”
The short night, the long day.
“It’s too humid, Pappy. Pappy, are you listening to me?”
“Hush, I’m thinking.”
“About what?”
“The night I should have kept my pants on.”

Microfiction – Who Made Us


“Mom, who made us?”
“God, I guess.”
“Who made God?”
“I don’t know.”
“My friend Billy said we came from two atoms smashing together. If that’s so, who made atoms?”
“I don’t know.”
“Drew said, aliens. Could he be right?”
“I don’t know.”
“Lisa said we came from nothing. Does that mean we don’t exist?”
“I don’t know, but it seems like your friends think they do — I can tell you this.”
“What?”
“You came from me, and I love you very much.”
“I love you too, Mom.”