January 2021 MicroStory Collection

Posted: February 1, 2021 by patricksponaugle in Flash Fiction, Writing
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It’s the first of February, 2021 , so I went through my social media feeds and grabbed all of the MicroStories I’d tweeted during the month of January.

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. January was no exception.

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.)

After a few minutes, the basement floor was covered with rats. Shuffling about, as if waiting for something.
“How can you control so many?” I asked.
“I can’t,” she replied. “I can just control a few. But those seem so confident, the rest naturally follow them.”

News came to my dad of the baron’s bold son, dying oversees.
“A brave man,” he said. “Better to die on an adventure than spend all yer days hiding in a stone tower.”
“Might I go off and see the world then.”
“We’re peasants, lad! You stay safe and keep yer head down.”

The assumption was that the crew of a spacecraft subjected to piracy was doomed, so counter-piracy measures were built without any concern for the crew’s safety.
This resulted in the peaceful capture of spaceships, whose crews refused to activate the countermeasures.

The king lay in his death bed, talking to his remaining friend.
“One might have all the power in the world, but be powerless in regards to being called a tyrant.”
“That makes zero sense,” Death replied, fed up with his friend’s bullshit.

Technically, Teardrop was a smaller-than-Earth terrestrial planet. But it was mostly water, pure water, with what was assumed to be a small, rocky core. The system-at-large had been settled by New Texans, and they forbade exploration.
But it had to be artificial.

“People are the same everywhere” was the consensus of the anthropological survey, covering the state of humanity after a century-plus of interstellar expansion.
With the exception of the humans in the Machaean system, who were weird in ways that were hard to quantify.

A cloud of debris hung around the derelict ship – that complicated things. Its weapon pod hatch was open so it must have deployed a watchdog.
Debris might be watchdog remnants or might’ve been some unlucky salvage ship.
Our scopes were clear, but not all dogs bark.

Security was increased on the alien embassy after Flat Earthers organized a violent demonstration.
But the Bottom Liners – who refused to accept the existence of a star-voyaging race because of the enormous expense of star travel – they were the more-zealous threat.

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 was taken by my wife, capturing our dog Willow’s reaction to the first real snowfall of the year.

Want to read my earlier MicroStory collections? I have my first three years’ worth of stories HERE and the second 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 2021 Some Rights Reserved

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