The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh (Flash Fiction by Billy Ray Chitwood)  Hi, my name is Hymie Ludicrus and feel free to laugh. I love laughter directed at me. At parties, people would break up when I gave them my name. What’s in a name, right? Laughter. Those party folks gave impetus to my being as funny as […]

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A Heart Thing

A Heart Thing What was I doing here? It seemed a sad inertia was in control of my body. Beautiful, yes, this sand and sun part of the world! And, it was a promise my heart compelled me to keep…after so many tears and a fragile restoration from the pain and finality of impending death. […]

Wicked Marcie

Wicked Marcie “You’re a filthy beast!” she spoke as tears fell down her cheeks. “And, what kind of beast, would you say?” his face squinted in a soft strange sadness. The woman did not understand the expression, read it as a ‘mocking’ of the situation. She appeared cautiously in conflict with her emotions. She spoke […]

Sinful Desperation

Sinful Desperation –Flash Fiction by Billy Ray Chitwood- “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.” He stared at the ceiling as he reclined on the big bed, his naked body stretched straight, seeking relief from his back pain. “It’s been years, my son, since your last confession. I hear desperation in your voice. Is the […]

A Piece of Memory

A Piece of Memory The flashlight fell from my feeble fingers into the fast- moving current of Campers Creek. In the moonless darkness, my body trembled with the awful cold and uncertainty of the moment. Uncertainty? How did I know this was Campers Creek? I was here with my club-footed cousin so many years ago…why […]

Passing Glory

Passing Glory PAST           We practiced all summer, between beach time and part-time work. We worked hard to become Western Rose High School’s best tandem quarterback and wide receiver in the football history of our school and our state of South Carolina.           We? Bobby Borden is […]

‘The Way We Were’ – Then and/or Now

The Way We Were – Then or Now  We awake in the cave, our minds blurred by realities of living.  Moira goes deeper into the cave to bathe.  Somehow, we have ended up here above the land we now see through the opening of the only home Moira and I have ever known. We eat […]

Flowers and Fate

Flowers and Fate “Red or yellow roses, Sir?” the older lady in the flower shop asked. The young man in his early thirties smiled and raised his brow. “Now, how did you know it was to be roses, Millie?” He knew her from a name tag. “It’s the body language, young man. Your step, your […]

Love’s Reunion

Love’s Reunion A stranger in this Balkan city of Podgorica I felt the cool but comfortable night breeze on my body. My leather jacket and heavy trousers sheltered me nicely in my walk to the Pod Volat Restaurant. Wisps of my thirty-five year old ebony hair gently waved to the people passing. A quite lovely […]

Essence of Fate

Essence of Fate From exotic lands across the waters she came, humbly poised, beautiful, her raven hair and blue eyes enchanting, her body statuesque and sensuous. Some harried and rushing passenger caused her to drop a package on the airline terminal floor. Shyly, I stooped to pick it up for her and was barely able to look […]