June 2019 #MicroStory Collection

Posted: July 1, 2019 by patricksponaugle in Flash Fiction, Writing
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It’s July, so I went through my social media feeds and grabbed all of the MicroStories I’d tweeted during the month of June.

As a reminder, these represent story-essences composed using no more than 269 characters (so I could tweet them with the hashtag #MicroStory.)

Usually, I only tweet Science Fiction and Fantasy #MicroStories. June was pretty much no exception. I’ll be the first to admit that June was not the most productive month in writing MicroStories. Sorry about that.

For really great #MicroStory action, please follow @MicroSFF, the Twitter account that inspired me to participate in this minimalist writing exercise. That feed puts out great science fiction and fantasy MicroStories all the time.

(I want to make it clear that @MicroSFF is *not* a Twitter account of mine. Their flash-fiction tweets are excellent. Mine are okay.)


The priest, the priestess, and the thing sat around the campfire, tolerating each other’s company.
The priestess wondered how the thing was alive.
The priest considered how best to kill the thing.
The thing thought of cosmic heartbeats, cosmic valves, and home.

The two men hid, with broken manacles and bent swords. The ruins were vast and they hoped that the search party would give up soon.
“They’ll have to kill me. I won’t be a slave again.”
“I’ll make them kill me. If they don’t, they’ll make me their king.”

The Girl With Spiders In Her Hair surprised me with a question.
“If I ended up in Hell, would you bust me out?”
“I could. I did that for the Man With The Wrong Hands, but he owed me a favor.”
“And if I ended up in Heaven?”
“I don’t know. It’s harder to escape from.”

Like cilia moving an amoeba, the condemned outcasts drug the blight from the swamp, shambling towards the town.
No one in the town remembered when the first unlucky criminal had been staked out for the blight.
Just that it had become a regular practice.
Too regular.

“So, you’re the Man Who Had Been There The Entire Time? That doesn’t sound all that troubling.”
The new guy was having trouble describing his Aspect. He was not very imaginative.
“Think of it as ‘the call is coming from inside the house'”, I said.
His phone chirped.

The Woman with Wasp Nests for Eyes found me dining out. To my relief, she was wearing her sunglasses.
“A man was found dead in a locked room,” she said. “With the only key. Did you do that?”
“You’ll have to be more specific.”
“He was a warlock.”
“I’ll need more info.”

With the spellswords secure in their reliquaries, the lands could expect fair weather and good crop yields.
But the swords held the promise of turning any man into an army.
When the swords were bloodied, people expected famine and madness.
The price of peace.

The land was awash with heroes, men and women of renown and prowess. This heralded a golden age on the horizon, one we couldn’t allow since golden ages end in dark ages.
So we chose to cull the heroes. But not the weak ones.
We expected no thanks for our service.


Thank you to everyone who reads and enjoys my small stories. I tweet flash-fiction at irregular intervals on my Twitter account, @patman23. At more regular intervals on Twitter, I’ll be talking about my dogs, or television (mostly Game of Thrones), or raking leaves off of my lawn.

Header image is a screenshot from the video game City of Heroes (a game that I played a lot of last decade – was cancelled but has somehow arisen from the dead.) That’s my Superman-esque hero First of Equals, watching a blimp. No other context will be provided.

Want to read my earlier MicroStory collections? I have my first three years’ worth of stories HERE

In general, I’m fine with anyone using the text of my MicroStories for non-commercial use. (Look how cute I am, thinking someone wants to make a t-shirt from one of my flash fiction bits. I say cute, but you can substitute in some other, more appropriate, adjective. I’m not the boss of you.)

© Patrick Sponaugle 2019 Some Rights Reserved

  1. vishalicious says:

    City of Heroes has returned, for the time being. There are rogue servers running right now – the most populated group is the Homecoming servers. I’ve been playing again, with a lot of the people who I used to game with – and now, with our kids too. 😉

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