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We’re all familiar with Ernest Hemingway’s classic six-word "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn." But that can’t be the end-all and be-all itty-bitty fiction, can it? Of course not! Feast upon these crumbs of narrative, each entry no more than six words long.

 

 

Clown nose broken. It's not funny.

 

 

Fun night. Only cost a kidney.

 

 

Calling hurts--my phone's screen cracked.

 

 

Kid, crime doesn’t pay. It loans.

 

 

“Danger” sign simply not clear enough.

 

 

Menu illegible. Tough choices to swallow.

 

 

Expensive heels. Easy to look down.

 

 

Ever early, he died too soon.

 

 

Lunch ruined shortages, delays. No ketchup.

 

 

Darling, all you get is me.

 

 

The living owe the dead’s debts.

 

 

“Pick your battles.” “I did. Yours.”

 

 

Aliens look for equals, not leaders.

 

 

Revolutions existed long before the wheel.

 

 

For sale: writer’s notebook. Never opened.


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Jared Axelrod

Jared Axelrod is an author, an illustrator, and a world changer. Throughout her eventful life she has also been a circus performer, a puppeteer, a graphic designer, a sculptor, a costume designer, a podcaster and quite a few other things that she’s lost track of but will no doubt remember when the situation calls for it. She is the writer and producer of “The Voice Of Free Planet X” podcast, were she interviews stranded time-travelers, low-rent superheroes, unrepentant monsters and other such creature of sci-fi and fantasy, as well as the podcasts “Aliens You Will Meet” and “Fables Of The Flying City.” The story started in “Fables Of The Flying City” is concluded in The Battle Of Blood & Ink, a graphic novel published by Tor. She is not domestic, she is a luxury, and in that sense, necessary.