very short stories

Is there anything better than settling down for a languid afternoon of reading your favorite novel cover to cover, perhaps on a park bench or in a field of delightful flowers? No, there isn’t. But do you have time to read an entire novel in a field these days? No, you probably don’t. Whether you’re juggling work or school or some unholy combination of the two, there’s a good chance that you have nasty things like “responsibilities” and “obligations” to take care of. But even if you don’t have the time, you can still have the satisfaction of reading something start to finish if you read short fiction. I found the best short stories on the internet that you can read in just ten minutes. (Of course, if you do have the time, you should cherish them, re-read them, talk about them, think about them.)
“Hook” is a short story about girls, mothers, horses, and fishhooks, and, boy, will some of this imagery stick in your brain. Danielle McLaughlin manages to balance the beautiful with the grim in her stories, weaving together worlds that are alien and familiar all at once.

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The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand;

“An Old Man is happy today, he doesn’t complain about anything, smiles, and even his face is freshened up.”

very short stories, Language Skills Abroad
The elephant wanted to save the other weak animals and went to the tiger and said “Please sir, leave my friends alone. Do not eat them”. The tiger didn’t listen and asked the elephant to mind her own business. Seeing no other way to solve the problem, the elephant kicked the tiger and scared it away.
“Yes, it is made of broken sticks, looks shabby and is open to the elements of nature. It is crude, but I built it, and I like it.”

This story slays me. Saunders builds meaning out of nothing, slowly, it seems—although in a story this short there’s hardly room for slowness—and then rips it all away from you in the end, leaving you gutted and empty, which is just the sort of abject cruelty you really want from a writer.
I encountered this story—which is about Taylor Swift clones—when it won the Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize a couple of years ago. The judge was Steve Almond, who wrote, “I tried quite hard to resist choosing “Taylor Swift” as the winner of this year’s Barthelme Award. Why? Because all the stories I received were worthy and many were more technically ambitious when it came to language and form, by which I guess I mean experimental. . . . But what the hell. In the end, I just wanted to read this thing again and again.” Which is exactly right. Whatever you think of the actual Taylor Swift, this story is just plain fun.

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The reader doesn’t get to see how they fix their relationship — there isn’t room for that in the story. But the wife’s gesture suggests that she is willing to try.

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It was just a reflection of his own piece of meat. Unfortunately, the real piece of meat that he was carrying had fallen into the river and was washed away.
The wolf added that he could have eaten the grain himself, but he wanted one of his good friends to eat first from the field.