Catching Death

copyright – Kent Bonham

copyright – Kent Bonham

In a place like this, catching death is as easy as walking in the wrong alley.

I heard a woman, her fists pounding from door to door… the sound of desperation reverberating through the walls.

When she reached my home, I almost let her in… but didn’t. Couldn’t.

When she screamed, it was like her soul fled her body through her mouth so that it wouldn’t be there anymore when they defiled her.

Then, silence.

I imagined her sprawled across the cold stones while they ravaged her…

Her soul a detached observer, hovering… Like mine did when they took me.

© 2013 K.Z. Morano

I’m a little late this week. my laptop’s busted >< but for the love of FF, I'm here @ my granny's using her computer.lol 😉 so it might take a while for me to reach your story. but I'll catch up, see ya there ^^ xo

Update on Published Stories

Anthologies for a cause

It’s totally awesome to be able to write. And it feels wonderful to have found my passion… and to have found my readers. 🙂 Thank you.

I’ll be appearing in two charity anthologies. Inspirations Picture It & Write Collection by Ermilia (to be published, so watch out for it! ^^) and Off the KUF volume 2: Short Fiction from the Kindle Users Forum (to be published this December 2013)

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Off the KUF volume 1 is now live in Amazon I’m proud to say that I have a couple of Friday Fictioneer friends there.

Why grab a copy?

1) Both anthologies are for a great cause. All proceeds from the Picture It & Write Anthology will be donated to The Girl Effect. And all proceeds from Off the KUF Volumes 1, 2, and 3 will be used to ensure the continuing existence of the Kindle User’s Forum.

2) Discover new authors. I’ve read the work of some of these writers (some are friends that I’ve met here at WordPress) and I can honestly say that the amount of talent here is astounding!

3) Treat yourself to an eclectic collection of stories. Mystery, Suspense, Horror, Romance, Literary Fiction, Humor, Sci-fi… There’s a little something for everyone. And if you’re like me, who’s a fan of almost any genre, including SF, F and WTF, then you’re gonna love these books 😉

Counting on you guys… ^^

And oh wait, there’s more! just found out that one of my stories will be published as a reprint in issue #1 of Blood Reign Literary Magazine. I’m really proud to be a part of the debut issue of this super cool publication. I wanna thank the editors for believing in my work. Mark your calendars, loves! The date is on December 13, 2013.

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*mock cover by the talented Kristen Joy

HERE‘s a way to support the magazine and to subscribe.

And lastly, THANK YOU for reading my stories every week. It’s been a little less than a year since I wrote my first 100-word story. And all these silly ideas about getting my stuff published, it all started here with you. 🙂

xoxo
KZ

Fixed

copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

FIXED

“It’s alright,” momma said. “We’ll have you fixed, sweetie.”

They excised parts of me as if they were tumors… upgraded me as if I were a machine.

They added some; they removed some.

But somehow managed to leave behind the cancer of self-doubt.

I learned to live with the stranger in the mirror.

Because no one ever made fun of her face.

Twenty-five years later, I teach my daughter something that I wish my momma had taught me instead.

“You’re beautiful, sweetie. Just the way you are… If someone tells you otherwise, you punch them right in the nose job.”

© 2013 K.Z. Morano

Proud Mama! ;)

As of this morning, I am officially a proud mama of……………. an ugly baby!

Read my story “The Other Child” in Ugly Babies: the Anthology
published by James Ward Kirk Fiction, edited by Sydney Leigh, with amazing cover art by Stephen Cooney

now available in Amazon

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and if you have a Smashwords account, you can download the book for FREE (through Monday, October 21 only)

xoxo

K.Z. ❤

Friday Fictioneers: 100-words Story Challenge LVII

copyright -Janet Webb

copyright -Janet Webb

Maura was four when she said the darndest thing.

“You’re so much nicer than my old mommy. She tried to eat me.”

She was my baby. Years of trying and finally, God gave her to me.

It got worse when she refused to go to school, crying, kicking and screaming “I don’t want you to die!”

One day, we were buying groceries. The ground trembled and saltwater seeped in from every corner ‘til it hid my knees.

Maura looked at me sadly, “It’s alright, mommy.”

I watched, throat cauterized, as she shed her skin and let the waves take her.

Alone

Copyright - Sandra Crook

Copyright – Sandra Crook

I never meant it…

When I said I wanted to be alone…

Yet here I am in the gut of the earth, bounded by time-eaten stones.

I told you.

Though in different words. Like “I can’t go on anymore.” Or “I feel so hopeless.”

Even in bed as you shuddered on top of me… my spasmodic moans laced with stifled pleas. Help me.

If you listened, you would’ve heard how my slippers sighed sadly against stone.

Yet… I was alone…

When I embraced death and it embraced me…

When I sobbed and my head throbbed… and the darkness took me.

© 2013 K.Z. Morano

Happy News :)

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My flash fiction piece, “The Sun” will be appearing in an anthology to be released this year. Leodegraunce High End Flash Fiction is a collection of quality 200 word stories (or less) with various themes.


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High End Flash Fiction

Edited by Jolie du Pré

Associate Editor – Gary Russell

imsoexcited! ^^

They’re still open for submissions. Check out their website and send your best 😉 xo

Hell Hath No Fury

Copyright – Rich Voza

Copyright – Rich Voza

Hell Hath No Fury

He said he wanted to build a home with me…
…eventually.

So I held onto that promise for years.

Slowly, patiently, we built a lovely home… one brick at a time.

Then just like that, the bitch-wolf came and blew it down.

If there’s something I learned from nursery tales it’s that when someone does something like that, you don’t let it pass.

You take them to the chimney to burn.

I stood at their ceremony, sniffing, clad in black.

Chimneys are crap so I just shot them down.

I sincerely wish them happiness in their new subterranean home.

© 2013 K.Z. Morano

Secondhand

Copyright - John Nixon

Copyright – John Nixon

He walked towards her as if holding together the edges of a wound.

A wound borne for 50 years.

She’d been beautiful then… walking down the aisle towards some other guy.

He approached her in his arthritic gait, the box in his pocket twitching like a thing alive.

Seeing him, she touched her face then dropped her hand, as if her skin pricked her fingers.

He hoped it wasn’t too late to make her feel beautiful again.

He went down on one knee though it hurt like hell.

It took him 40 years to realize… being second isn’t so bad.

© 2013 K.Z. Morano

GOOGLE SEARCH HISTORY

Copyright – Dawn M. Miller

Copyright – Dawn M. Miller

GOOGLE SEARCH HISTORY

MAY
two receipts identical jewelry husband’s pocket
signs that my husband is cheating
telltale signs husband having affair
how to tell my husband have mistress?

JUNE
why men cheat?
marriage advice rekindling passion
sexy lingerie shop
tips on better sex
how to get rid of husband mistress

JULY
investigators infidelity
private investigator Chicago

THIS MONTH
coping infidelity
am I depressed?
how to handle depression
suicidal thoughts

LAST 7 DAYS
poison for drinks no taste
tasteless colorless poison where to buy
arsenic

TODAY
how to chop body
tips on chopping meat
how to get rid of carpet stains DIY

© 2013 K.Z. Morano

now for some news ^^ i submitted one of my old FF stories in a competition and yey, im a finalist. POPCORN HORROR PRESENTS 100 WORDS OR LESS HORROR STORIES is a compilation of spooky 100-word shorts from various writers all across the globe featuring illustrations by C.R Murray. Now available on Amazon
thank you Friday Fictioneers, you gave me the confidence to join in my very first writing competition. i’m pretty glad. xoxo