Impromptu Stories

These stories were written in under 30 minutes usually without knowing the topic until the very last second.

Some work, others crash and burn before the timer chimes.

Summer In the Country, Berks County PA  Photographer: Wendy 60     Licensed via 500px
  • The Library

    The late afternoon sun warmed up the room with a honey gold light. The kind of light reserved for great library’s where there were more books in Latin than any other language. History of mankind. Written in ink on paper bet beneath the ink lay the blood of billions. It dawned on Sam that it […]

    Tom No responses November 28, 2016
  • Lurks in the Shadows

    “No sir, I do not like that color,” Martha looked at George and shook her head. “I’ll have to get 3 more lamps in here just so I can read my books. Where on earth did you ever think you could use the color Mahogany, to paint our bedroom?” George looked as if he had […]

    Tom No responses September 13, 2016
  • A Rather Bad Poem Called “Swing Set”

    When the wind picks up you can hear the rusty squeal Thousands of tennis shoes dug dusty paths into the lawn Four decades ago the frame was a galvanized ideal Last year the slats gave way to dust. Everyone was gone Save one Pokemon Go. Go to hell the old man muttered to himself The […]

    Tom No responses September 7, 2016
  • So Much Cheese, So Little Time

    ‘Damn these child proof caps,’ I said after 10 frustrating minutes trying to unscrew the white cap off the amber bottle. I had half a mind to take the little bottle downstairs into my dusky work shop and smash the container with a hammer. I’d be able to get at the pills then. However, I […]

    Tom No responses June 26, 2016
  • Helium Balloons

    The early morning sun broke the horizon and began to color the acres of teams that dotted the country side. Here and there were banners marking the turf where the college school aviation teams had set up camp the night before. This weekend was the southwest region finals to see who could send a helium […]

    Tom No responses June 13, 2016
  • More Veggies

    I tossed my keys on the counter and announced to all within earshot that ‘I was home,’ like a conquering hero even though I had only been to the local bodega to pick up a few odds and ends for dinner. Usually the tiny apartment was full of aromas, music or the incessant drone of […]

    Tom No responses May 22, 2016
  • Whatever

    The last tumbler clicked into position. I wanted to turn the handle to see if it would swing the 90 degrees that would open the safe. If it barely moved that meant the alarm had been triggered and all the exits sealed. I’d be trapped in this vault till Monday morning when the armed guards […]

    Tom No responses May 1, 2016
  • She Counted Clouds

    The back seat of the Buick was cramped. Sally had to sit on the hump between Grandma and Grandpa. She smelled like lavender. He smelled like whisky, but there was no choice in the matter. Every inch of space in the old vehicle was taken up with someone or luggage. 3 weeks at the lake […]

    Tom No responses March 28, 2016
  • Soggy, yet Green

    “What do we do now?” The words didn’t need to be spoken, they were on the minds of every survivor in the camp. The old ways of doing everything was gone, as if learning that the face in the mirror you always assumed was you, was, in fact a beast from hell. What do we […]

    Tom No responses March 13, 2016
  • Charcoal Sunrise

    Each time the gale picked up outside the dust covering the floor would lift up in small eddies and live once more as tiny tornadoes or dust devils. It had taken every ounce of energy to reach this cabin after the plane went down. He had first seen it from the air as he crossed […]

    Tom No responses February 21, 2016