Minuscule-Fiction-55 (these charming short short short short stories contain exactly 55 words)

refugees

 

Four days we walked in the cold rain

Every so often someone dropped off

We were busy with shovels

Burying bodies takes lots of time and energy

The column got shorter and shorter

Twelve made it into town

Twelve ate steak and drank wine and slept in dry beds and vowed revenge against the enemy

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I smelled smoke seconds before the fire truck’s wail

I looked around and saw no smoke or flame

I got on my bike and followed the sirens across the neighborhood

A house was burning down

Vinyl siding melted and dripping

Family huddled under blankets, sobbing

I can’t handle drama

I turned around and rode home

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What was it that brought you around to this religious awakening?

Could it have been when you saw this or did that?

This is my friend the priest

Nice to meet you, come up and see me sometime

Maybe I will

How did you come upon that lost space age civilization?

Television and feature films

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We took the high road

The air was crisp and the sun a pale yellow

My horse was surefooted

I napped in the saddle and woke up eager for entertainment

Not a mile from the gate

A mother and child stood on the roadside

I took her head, sold the baby to a traveling circus

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I gave it all to the orphanage

Clothes, furniture, toys

There were some pictures

I burned them

A sheet of notebook paper with a couple dozen names and phone numbers, some written in black pen, some in blue pen or pencil

I put it in my pocket

I took her money and signed the deed

 

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