Category Archives: Short Stories

These are all “one-chapter” stories

Out of Mind, Out of Sight (by Bob Bentley)

Lester Zelensky strode confidently onto the beach. It was a warm day and several women were playing volleyball. But that’s not what Les saw. He saw one-piece bathing suits, bikinis, and a few shorts with tank-tops playing volleyball. To Les’ view they were all invisible. He smiled at the thought. Continue reading

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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Saw Through Me (by Bob Bentley)

Austin spotted something unusual in the crowd that was starting to part. All eyes were drawn to a truly unique sight. There in the center was a dancing figure. It had white vinyl thigh boots, but no legs. It had long pink gloves but no arms. It had a black leather cap and reflecto shades but no head. It had a psychedelic minidress but no body. Continue reading

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Late Bloomer (by Bob Bentley)

Late Bloomer. Suzie Jones hated the expression. She heard it often enough from her parents and even aunts and uncles began to say it. She knew they meant well. They seemed to think that the expression would console her somehow. … Continue reading

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This One’s For You, Bud

The sun rose on the beautiful desert landscape, just like it had the day before, and like it would the next day. A city dweller unused to such a site would have been in awe, but to Bud Green, a … Continue reading

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Incident Report

I’ve really been enjoying my new car, a “pearl white” Oldsmobile Alero . Let me tell you about what happened to me yesterday… After work, I went out to my car, and when I got inside I saw a paper … Continue reading

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Flashfic: Meanwhile, Out on the Roads…

(This vignette was inspired by a story in progress at the Eos Chronicles site. That’s site’s webmaster has given me the OK to write vignettes based on events in his story. So far this is the second. Here’s the first: … Continue reading

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Floating Wig

I walked into the office to find, behind the receptionist’s desk, a floating wig. That’s all. Just a wig, with a pair of glasses floating along with it. “Can I help you?” asked a feminine voice, from the vicinity of … Continue reading

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A Dream (original)

I first wrote this back in 1999 or 2000, the very first story I wrote and posted online. It was basically a stream-of-consciousness thing, written as it came to me, so there is little continuity as you go along in … Continue reading

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Middle of Nowhere

The gas gauge was getting a little too close to “E,” and he was hopelessly lost. I shoulda checked the map before I left home, he thought. This is what I get for following a non-driver’s directions. Well, not a … Continue reading

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Watergun

I was lying there burning up, and all of a sudden I felt these streams of water shooting into my face. I opened my eyes to find a green plastic water pistol hanging about a foot away from my face, spraying away. Continue reading

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