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25 Most Recent Mainstream Short Stories

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The Girls by Mark Lichterman
“So, where are they?” “Where are they, who?” “The girls!” “Girls? What girls?” “What do you mean, what girls? You dago, fart!” “Oh, those girls! Come on.” A "Becoming" excerpt..
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The Good Old Days by Laura Rittenhouse
Memories of good old days full of snow...
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The Holey Pocket by Mark Lichterman
Slouching, his Jockey shorts had hiked into his groin, and by putting his left hand into his pocket and stretching his finger through the hole he’d discovered when his nickel fell out, by ripping the hole further he was able to... Thr Holey Pocket is an excerpt from my novel, "Becoming" tha..
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The Inherent Good by Michelle Mills
The need for tolerance.....
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The Inheritance by Sally Dixon
Newcomers to a backwoods community bringing an air of disquiet.....
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The Inner-City Blues: Philadelphia Blazers still live in Philly Style! by JE Thompson
The Inner-City Blues: Philadelphia Blazers still live in the novel Philly Style and Philly Profile!..
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The It Factor by Laura Spinella
As far as Isabel Lang knows, she's been married to the sexy, successful rock star, Aidan Royce for ten years. Of course, she hasn't seen him since their wedding night, but in her heart, she knows they're still married. Best friends from Catswallow, Alabama, a series of unforseeable circumstance..
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The Jacket by Harlan Goldberg
A boy finds a jacket in a store in London that changes his life forever...
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The Job by Jeff Neugroschel
His eyes were fixated on the glistening crimson liquid that covered both hands from the tips all the way down to his wrists. The smile that evolved belonged to a little boy engrossed in the childish art of finger painting—although it certainly wasn’t water paint dripping from his hands onto his legs..
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The Kicker (Part One) by J.A. Aarntzen
A vicious rumor spreads through a high school regarding the principal and one of her teachers. An obese boy is blamed for it...
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The Kicker (Part Two) by J.A. Aarntzen
Tensions run high in the aftermath of a rumor...
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The Kindness by Lucy Grey
Somerset longs to return to Baiter, to dip his feet into the calm cobalt waves and smell the sea... the only problem is, he has to some how get out of prison... The paradox remains, he has a loving wife eager for him to return home and a man who is his mirror image, but there lies the problem...
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The Landlord's Trunk by Charlene Tess
An old man tries to ruin his grown daughter's once chance at happiness...
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The Last Prayer by NEILSON WILLIAMS
Blessed are those that join in the celebration..
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Read excerpt from The Last Supper The Last Supper by Maryann Miller
Mel and Rube have been friends since forever and now are on the last homestretch. How Rube choses to cross that finish line is now what Mel would chose, but who is he to question his friend...
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The Ledge by William Rowan
Two computer engineers, tired of California's Silicon Valley, move to the mountains of Western North Carolina to build a log home. Their solitude is interrupted in a most unusual way. ..
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The Lost and Found by Lonnie Hicks
The Lost Sometimes are Found..
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The Lottery by Lark Pogue
A lottery that no one wanted to win..
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Read excerpt from The Lubrication Zone The Lubrication Zone by Lawrence Gray
There is but one car mechanic and Ali is his name...
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The Marian Story by Flying Fox Ted L Glines
The story you are about to read is true. You can type "Marian Harrist" into your browser and find it on the Internet. Read and learn .....
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The Midnight Skulker 1 by Mark Lichterman
In present time, to purchase into a business such as this for three thousand dollars is a pittance, but in1974 three thousand dollars, especially to the father of four children that was… ..
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The Midnight Skulker 2 by Mark Lichterman
Staring at my youngest son, wondering, what he do now? I said, “we wanted to talk to all you kids, not just you,” tapping Samuel on the shoulder. “So why’d you think I was going to bawl you out for something? What did you do now?” ..
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The Midnight Skulker 3 by Mark Lichterman
Waiting until all eyes were on him, “San Diego is only fifty miles from Anaheim. You guys know what’s in Anaheim, California don’t you?” ..
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The Midnight Skulker 4 by Mark Lichterman
Whereas Ellie was conceived to give Marsha’s father ‘a name’. As the death of her father was a personal tragedy, the birth of Samuel was at a time of potential global tragedy. ..
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The Midnight Skulker 5 by Mark Lichterman
Now was the first time she had ever flown—further feeling a sense of doom because Marsha knew she should not be on this plane—when, feeling the plane shudder as it strained to go forward, her hands became wet and her heart thumped in fear as, slowly, then faster… faster.....
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The Midnight Skulker 6 by Mark Lichterman
“Yeah, Mitchie, it worked fine then. But back then you didn’t have this,” patting his stomach, “little tummy you got now and you were able to get, oh, maybe a little closer then.” ..
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The Midnight Skulker 7 by Mark Lichterman
Living all of their lives in comparatively flat areas, other than movies, Marsha and Mitchell having never actually seen true mountainous terrain, “Oh, my God, Marcie!” Looking through the window, “This is incredible!” ..
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The Midnight Skulker 8 by Mark Lichterman
The “Midnight Skulker being a shadowy character created by Johnny Hart in the "B.C." comic strip that first appeared in syndication in 1958. Eventually I'll get to the reason for this title...
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The Midnight Skulker 9 by Mark Lichterman
The “Midnight Skulker being a shadowy character created by Johnny Hart in the "B.C." comic strip that first appeared in syndication in 1958. Eventually I'll get to the reason for this title...
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The Midnight Skulker11 by Mark Lichterman
If Mitchell’s imagination had seen the youthful sounding ‘Sophie Chin’ as the dark haired, dark eyed, slim beauty as portrayed by Nancy Kwan in the1960 movie, ‘The world of Suzi Wong’, that sure as hell wasn’t Sophie Chin. ..
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The Midnight Skulker12 by Mark Lichterman
The “Midnight Skulker being a shadowy character created by Johnny Hart in the "B.C." comic strip that first appeared in syndication in 1958. Eventually I'll get to the reason for this title...
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The Midnight Skulker10 by Mark Lichterman
Although I know the beginning and the end of this story, hence the name, "Midnight Skulker", like I said, this story is going where it wants to go and not where I want it to go. So now I wonder who in the hell is Sophie Chen, and how in the hell does she know that she absolutely has Marsha and Mitc..
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The Midnight Skulker13 by Mark Lichterman
A long ranch style structure with faded authentic Mexican tile roof, the house itself was light salmon coloured stucco and used brick...
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the Midnight Skulker14 by Mark Lichterman
Sitting alongside his wife, “Sophie, what do they… The Sawyers, what do they want for this place?” Taking a chair from the kitchen, placing it before the coffee table, her briefcase at her feet, leaning forward, her elbows on her knees, “There’s a few things I haven’t told you.” ..
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The Midnight Skulker15 by Mark Lichterman
Like I said a number of submissions ago: this story is going to take me where it wants to go as opposed to me taking the story where I want it to go and, "A Mercedes Benz Automobile salesman?" Where in the hell did that come from? ..
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The Midnight Skulker16 by Mark Lichterman
Thinking a moment, trying to formulate his thoughts regarding Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer. Of course grateful that they’d priced their home reasonably enough for he and Marsha to be able to afford and purchase it...
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The Midnight Skulker17 by Mark Lichterman
“Marcy, Mikie says ‘it’s been snowing all day and it’s windy and freezing outside’! So what say as soon as I hang up we get into our bathing suits and go on down for a swim?” ..
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The Midnight Skulker18 by Mark Lichterman
“Let me get this straight,” Goodman said testily. “Some other broker, out of the blue, just coincidently happened to call the ‘Shelter Inn on Shelter Island’ and, coincidently, rang your room? This is what you’re telling me, Marsha?” ..
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The Midnight Skulker19 by Mark Lichterman
The “Midnight Skulker being a shadowy character created by Johnny Hart in the "B.C." comic strip that first appeared in syndication in 1958. Eventually, and we're getting closer, I'll get to the reason for this title...
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The Midnight Skulker20 by Mark Lichterman
Overwhelmed with the enchanting beauty of this place and the beauty of this time and of the beauty of woman at his side, “Marcie,” bringing his body before her, “I love you… “ ..
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The Midnight Skulker21 by Mark Lichterman
Other tourists crossing the bridge for the first time stopped also to stare unbelievably at what they saw approximately twenty feet below. ..
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The Midnight Skulker22 by Mark Lichterman
Passing streets with the names of: ‘Via Oriente’; ‘Via Poniente’ and ‘Avenida Miguel Negrete’, “Jeeze, Marcie, these streets sound so, uh, foreign .” ..
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The Midnight Skulker23 by Mark Lichterman
Any writers here writing an onging story ever write themselves into a corner? Well, I kind of did here. But Tijuana,Mexico is no place to be stuck in. ..
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The Midnight Skulker24 by Mark Lichterman
“Ain’t funny! ‘Hot stuff’, yeah!” Making a different kind of a face now, “Yuck! You’re right; this stuff is terrible! Here, you drink it,” she said, handing the glass back to her husband. ..
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The Midnight Skulker25 by Mark Lichterman
“The Embarcadero’s a boardwalk that runs along the downtown waterfront from the ‘Embarcadero Marina’ to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. And there’s ‘The Star of India’."..
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The Midnight Skulker26 by Mark Lichterman
The world’s oldest active sailing ship, the Star of India began her life at Ramsey Shipyard in the Isle of Man in 1863...
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The Midnight Skulker27 by Mark Lichterman
Watching the national news, along with the nation's current weather, knowing that they’ll be facing ‘Wind chill’ factors of twelve to fifteen below zero once they alight at O’Hara Airport in Chicago... ..
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The Midnight Skulker28 by Mark Lichterman
Pushing through the revolving door to the outside world of bone chilling, face numbing, squalling wind Breath coming in thick plumes of vapor.....
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The Midnight Skulker29 by Mark Lichterman
Too cold for the falling snow to stick, but the wind’s velocity causing it to blow as stinging, billowing white clouds that effected the Friday evening rush hour traffic making it crawl at an even slower pace. ..
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The Midnight Skulker30 by Mark Lichterman
“ ‘Kosher Matzos and pork sausage?” They’d gone through this a number of times and it had become kind of a standing joke between Marsha and Mitchell: “ ‘Kosher Matzos’ and pork sausage? You don’t think a bolt of lightning might get you for that?” ..
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