My Year of Short Stories: Dec 5th-Dec 6th

December 5th, 2017, The Girl Waits by Jennifer Haupt, Flash Fiction Online, 2017.

Blurb: This is a flash fiction piece that pulls a ton of weight and creates a lasting impact on readers. It is about a young girl in Rwanda, hiding during the genocidal purge by the Hutus against Tutsi’s in 1994. In such a short piece it is often difficult to get the ideas across, but Haupt dances around the lengthy explanations that could have bogged this piece down and uses brevity to show the bleakness of the time. It is a touching piece. One that this reader will likely be thinking about when I sit down to write my own flash pieces in the future. (B+)

December 6th, 2017, Steadfast by Charity Tahmaseb, Flash Fiction Online, 2017.

Blurb: This is a rather wonderful short story about a woman in the military and a man who is a ballet dancer. She falls in love with him at a wedding and everything revolves around their feet. How military boots gnarl feet just as ballet slippers do. Even for such a small piece, there’s a ton of heartfelt interaction between the two. Readers are treated to the fears of this young woman getting involved with someone who is so much different than herself. The connections between the two are well built and it’s a wonderful snapshot of a budding romance. (B+)

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