Flash Fiction

Among the Stars

A microfiction for “On the Premises” Mini-contest #57

Dr. Casey Lawrence
Amusing Responses
Published in
2 min readJun 13, 2023

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I recently entered a “mini-contest” over at On The Premises magazine to “tell, show, or evoke a complete story between 25 and 50 words long in which the same thing, place, or incident is seen from two very different points of view.” My entry was not chosen for publication, but it was (according to the rejection email) among the top 10% of entries! So here it is for your enjoyment:

As a spray of fireworks burst across the bruised sky, two hearts leapt in unison. Gnarled fingers reached for a pistol, hearing screams of terror and the blasts of machinegun fire. They met instead the plump, upturned palm of a child whose eyes were full of stars.

The stories that beat me out can be found here. I would like to thank On The Premises for the opportunity to enter their free contest. I hope to do even better next time!

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Dr. Casey Lawrence
Amusing Responses

Canadian author of three LGBT YA novels. PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Check out my lists for stories by genre/type.