At fear and trembling

My flash fiction, Hack, is now live at Fear and Trembling.

If you live in an apartment, or can recall the days when you did, you should be able to understand just how deeply the incessant cough from the neighbor’s place borrows under the skin of the story’s protagonist.

Check it out, if you like, and let me know what you think.

4 thoughts on “At fear and trembling

  1. I enjoyed that, KC. Yes, I recall (some 20 years ago) living in the apartment with neighbours on both sides. And, worse yet, the ones above…he who walks about on the linoleum in his work boots and she in her high heels…

    I liked the build-up with what seemed, at first, just a woman annoyed at the coughing person. The revelation at the end was quite a surprise. And the fact she kissed the 6 day-dead-guy almost put me off my morning coffee!

    The fact that it was left “open” worked for me: “She raised the pistol before her and entered the void.” Maybe I’m a bit biased because I tend to finish things the same way.

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend, by the way. We had our Victoria Day last weekend. I have fond memories of that growing up in Victoria. The inner harbour would be filled with boat from Washington who would stretch the holiday(s) out to fill both weekends!

  2. Thank you for the kind words, Alan. I’m pleased you liked Hack.

    The bit in the bathroom, with the soap dish and the faucet, is based a real incident, years ago, when I was living alone in an old townhouse apartment.

    Thank you for the holiday wishes, as well. I’ve seen photos of the Victoria Day celebration.

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