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Five 50 Word Stories By ESWynn

Updated on January 10, 2012

The Old Salt And The Would Be Man

“You still doing tattoos?” Johnathon asked.

“Sure am.” Replied the old salt.

“You charge... much?”

The old sailor looked up, squinted. “You want a tattoo boy? Want to look like a man?"

Johnathon swallowed, shuffled his feet. “Y– I–” He closed his eyes. “Yes sir.”

“Come inside.” Grinned the old salt.

Rose, We're Finished

“Rose, we’re finished.”

“Finished?” She cried, stunned. “But why?”

“The dog, your kids.” He stated tiredly. “Can’t stand them.”


“Rose.” He tried. “I’m sorry. I can’t.”

“Stay, John, please!”

“No.” He turned away. “I’m done.”

Tears set in as the door closed with the hard sound of wooden finality.

Marry Me

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately.” Dave managed. “About us.”

“I know what you’re going to say.” Came the nervous response.

“Yeah?” He asked.

“Yeah.” She grinned. “But...”

“Then–” She cut him off.

“I want to be the one to say it.” She took a deep breath.

“Dave, lets get married.”


When I saw him, my heart turned to ice. There isn’t anything in all the world more frightening than an unstable feller with loaded gun.

“Drop it!” He shouted. I dropped it.

“On the floor!” He demanded. I got on the floor.

...and then, suddenly, he just up and walked out.

One Chance, One Shot

It was all over in ten seconds.

When the hull blew, we lost twelve. The rest went when the rock ripped into the superstructure, tore us right in half.

Only I was left, air was going fast.

My hand tightened on the grip of my handgun.

Grandpa, here I come.

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E.S. Wynn is the author of over thirty books, the chief editor of Thunderune Publishing, the sole creative force behind its 20+ imprints (including the flash fiction magazines Daily Love, Weirdyear and Yesteryear Fiction, Farther Stars Than These, Flaming Filmreel, Linguistic Erosion, and Smashed Cat Magazine) the author of over a hundred and fifty articles, several hundred short stories (published under nearly as many pen names) and a voice actor with over fifteen albums of literature and guided meditation under his belt.


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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I really enjoy 50 word stories. They are short enough to keep my attention, yet have so much information!

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      ltfawkes 7 years ago from NE Ohio

      These are great. Like haiku, only . . . not.

      Nice work.


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      judyjet72 7 years ago from Southern California

      Love these! Great for practicing scene construction. So much happens between the lines. Really good!

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      Earl S. Wynn 7 years ago from California

      Excellent! Thanks for sharing, John! You might want to check out my three daily short fiction sites (as places to submit) also:

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      John 7 years ago

      Nice range of stories. And nice to see another story site. My 50 word story site has over 500 stories now.

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      Earl S. Wynn 7 years ago from California

      They just come off the top of my head. If you like short pieces like these, you should check out my primary flash fiction magazine - -

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      OneMorning85 7 years ago from New Hampshire

      The first, the third, and the fifth one are my faves! How did you come up with these? Are they part of bigger stories? I think doing something like this will help me get ideas flowing for stories, so thank you.