Legal Theft Flash Fiction: Rattle and Hold (409 words)

The breeze sank to the floor as soon as it came through the windows, rolling stubbornly across the length of the room. Its persistence chilled the wooden floor while most of the room held onto the day’s summer warmth. The sun had gone down hours ago, and the stars glittered through the wavering glass. Karleigh leaned her shoulder against the door frame and looked at the white light stretching across the room.

Her door was barely open far enough to let her through, but she had slid her shoulders into the gap, and then waited.

It was so strange to hear nothing in the middle of the night.

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Flash Fiction: Elsewhere (99 words)

Home was a strange word, Zain realized – a stranger place – and he couldn’t mark it on a map.

He had lived in two houses. Standing in one, he stuffed clothes carelessly into his bag, smiled, said, “I’m going home for a few weeks.” No one misunderstood and, bag strung on his shoulder, he sauntered out.

Standing in the other, the word came just as easily: “I’ll be going home soon.” And he was the only one who blinked at it.

Home, he realized, was always the other place. Too many years of running between them and home was wherever he was not.