Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes are tiny little stories–fireflies for your mind–usually of no more than 50 words, including the titles. Every month, I post a new one. Scroll down to see the previous ones.

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December HOT FLASH


I never take stuff when I break into a house. I only leave stuff.

A corpse, maybe, or a bomb. Thieves are mean.

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Hot Flashes

MA’s Monthly Hot Flashes: 2002-2009 are…is…now available in electronic formats–for Kindle (text-to-speech enabled) at Amazon and in many other formats, including text and .rtf at Smashwords, as a Nook book and at iTunes. Price = $0.99

Review by:  donna crow  on May. 21, 2010

four stars

Marian Allen’s Hot Flashes are a delight. A complete short story in just a few lines: a conversation, a sketch of a scene or a character and then, the stinger in the tail. (tale?)

Flash fiction is to a short story what Haiku is to epic poetry.

Donna Fletcher Crow
author of The Monastery Murder Series

.Want to give the folks behind you in line something to do? Visit the store to put a year’s worth of MA’s Hot Flashes on the back of your shirt! Also available on a tote bag, a messenger bag, an apron and a mousepad. Years 2003 through 2007 are done and the others will follow, if interest is expressed.




How could he do me like he done? He knows my temper. He knows I carry. It’s like he wants me to kill him.

Never could say no to that man.



8 years old: On paper: heart, arrow, BO + AMY

23: On a cake: heart, arrow, BO + AMY

45: Amy heart, Ben arrow

46: On cell wall: arrow, heart, arrow, heart….



I caught me a leprechaun. Made him tell me where to find his pot o’ gold.

I found the pot.

It was full of gold.

Piss. It was a pot full of piss.

Leprechauns never lie.


Tax Cut

“No! Please!”

“Sorry, sir. It’s my job to extract payment.”

“I’ll give you anything!”

“Bribery? Shame! I won’t take much. 10%, say?”

“Please don’t cut me!”

“You cheated on the boss’ daughter. Call this a stupidity tax.”


Barnyard Friends

Chickens keep the ground disturbed.

Corpses breed worms.

Plus, fresh eggs.

Live in harmony with nature, that’s my motto.



Nobody knows I love the groom.

Nobody notices the caterer.

Nobody sees me with the bride.

Nobody suspects me.

I still have nobody, but neither does she.


Stroke of Luck

Did you know you can die of the heat?

Lena’s passed out from celebrating hitting the slots. I turn off the air and leave. Am I lucky, or what?



Julie was a hottie.
Bobby was, as well.
I caught the two together.
Now they burn in hell.


Biter Bit

Bill liked a well-trained dog. Saved time to steal one.

Too bad he didn’t know “Good boy” was its kill cue.



Becca sent me a friend requestion on Facebook. One year to the day since I killed her.

Maybe she’s forgiven me?



Many thanks for money. Will write when get passport.

Seems stupid, when I already have the cash, but it delays suspicion 3-8 weeks, so….


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

One thought on “Hot Flashes

  1. Damyanti

    April 4, 2011 at 10:10am

    Wow, love this! Do you mind if I borrow this idea for a post for the ongoing A-Z challenge?

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2011 at 10:23am

      What idea? Hot Flashes? Micro-fiction? Sure, have at it! I got into it from The Phone Book, a two-year project funded by the Arts Council of England.

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  2. Holly Jahangiri

    January 1, 2013 at 10:41am

    Hahahaha!!! Love it, Marian!!

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    May 14, 2013 at 7:51am

    This short story is cool for children.They like fiction stories.
    Are you the one who write this ? i think you will become a good story book writer just continue what your doing it can developed on your writing skills .

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      Marian Allen

      May 14, 2013 at 8:48am

      Thanks, Benz, but these aren’t children’s stories. Dragon City sounds like something my grandson and I would have played, back when he spent the summers with me. We used cheats and hacks to get us through the boring bits. lol!

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    May 15, 2013 at 12:25am

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