KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 3: Spring 2015
Micro-Fiction: 96 words [R]

The Star, Falling

by Morgan Downie

When his eyes grew so bad that he could no longer see the horizon he built an artificial one in his garden. Afterwards he persisted in a stubborn refusal to cross it in case he should fall off the edge of the world. Asked, on reflection, if he had realised his intention as a younger man, to live the brief and fiery life of a meteor, he looked out across the universe of his garden, to the wife he still loved indescribably, and said,

“I am a meteor, just moving very, very slowly.”


— Previously published as a Highly Commended entry in the 100-Word Competition 2014 sponsored by National Flash Fiction Day; republished here by author’s permission

Morgan Downie
Issue 3, Spring 2015

“is an unreliable narrator with a deep mistrust of artist’s statements....”

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

National Flash Fiction Day, home of the annual 100-word flash competition, and publisher of the 2014 NFFD Anthology, Eating My Words, in which Downie’s story also appears

Revolution, a 72-word prose poem at the author’s website

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