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

New Hire

Sandpipers trail me along the shore, pecking at my discarded clothes.

Been a salesman all m’life. This gig’s same as any. Make ’em want what you got more’n what they got.

A soul’s negotiable, like anything else.

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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.




Told Mom Bradford Pear were brittle.

“They’re so pretty!”


Ice storm. Broken trees clog the drive.

Heart attack, clearing them. Ambulance blocked.

Happy now, Mom?


All In Good Time

“How long have we been dating?”

“Seven years.”

“Long time.”

“In dog years, we practically just met.”

“Let well enough alone, eh?”

“Suits me.”

All happy couples are not the same.


No Contest

We each made him coq au vin. Mine: recipe-perfect.

Mandy added cocoa. Idiot.

Jean added coke. Not the cola. I dropped a dime.

I should win, but no. He’s waiting for Jean.





It’s me, girl. Call me.


Returning your call. ‘Sup?


Leave off my man, bitch!


He’s mine, now. NO! DON’T SHOOT!




Old plans are best, she thought.

First a bride, then a widow.

Her wealth would grow by stocks and bonds. And, of course, a fifth gold ring.



Kat threw the last shirt over her 7th brother.

Magic unfinished, one arm would always be a wing.

But think of the money they’d save on quill pens!


Revenge is the Thing With Feathers

Taking her to the prom?

I give her a sack of bread and tell her where I saw a nest of lovely swans.


Profit Margin

There were eight of us, surrounded by pastured dairies.

“How do they make so much cheese? They only have one cow!”

Milk rustling.


The Good Folk

I saw them, dancing in the glen, starlight on their wings.

And they saw me.

Now I attend all their dances, serving them forever.



In other news, the Galactic Olympics say Arachnoids will be allowed in the long jump, if they have their legs broken at the knee.


Beach Buds

Sandpipers trail me along the shore, pecking at my discarded clothes.

I swim, out. Out. It’s just me and the gulls. Then, just the gulls.


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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

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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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    May 14, 2013 at 7:51am

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    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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