Finnian Burnett

Storyteller

Emma’s Perfection She touched my ear during Algebra. She touched my ear, and I didn’t dare look at her, but the tingle stayed long after her fingers had gone. After class, she leaned to whisper, her warm breath dancing across my already sensitive skin. I know, but it doesn’t matter. She couldn’t know. She meant …

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I was recently invited to submit a few drabbles to a Drabble Advent Calendar – a 100-word story a day sort of holiday thing. Because it’s a holiday thing, the stories were meant to be lighthearted and family-friendly. And though I usually dabble in dark and depressing, I have to admit I had so much …

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I recently advanced to the second round of the NYC Midnight Drabble contest. My category was drama and I had to include the action of injuring a knee and the word “line.” This is what I came up with. A Walk in the Woods Dave tripped on a root and fell hard. “God dammit.” He …

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Here’s a drabble (100 words exactly) story I submitted recently that didn’t get accepted. The theme was war. The Association’s Claim The McAlister’s 1985 Winnebago slams through my front window; knickknacks careen through the air. My body is moving before my mind registers the assault. “Protect the pond,” I shout to the kids. Dave McAlister …

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The other day, something happened that shook my world. Or, perhaps, two things shook my world—one in a horrible way and one in an oh-so-amazing way. I realized, with about a week to go until classes start, that I didn’t have the money for my next semester. I’ve hit the cap on student loans and …

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