Three weeks left: explanation to follow shortly. This story also did not appear in the collection A Little Soul: 140 Twitterstories. Bonus story.

Twitterstory 57: You Can't Run Away From Yourself
(Character count, including title: 118)

"On an island I'll finally escape," he thought.
But his thoughts were still with him.

(character count, including title: 118)

This Must Be The Place I Waited Years to Leave

"Why can't you write something nice that will sell, like a love story?"

(character count: 146: without title: 119)

Honesty is the Best Policy

"I used to want to know where you went at night. But now, I just want to know that you won't ask me the same question."

(character count: 188, without title: 137)

There Is No Theocracy to See Here. Please Disperse.

I believe in the separation of church and state. We should create a Department of Religion to study how best to maintain this separation.

(character count: 85)

Ulysses Reinterpreted

This is going to be a long day. I need a drink. Hey look! A pub.

(character count: 129 characters, with title)

On Reading Short Stories

Finishing a short story gives me a sense of accomplishment, small and clean.

Novels are so big and messy.

Character count: 175. Without title: 140

The Lord of the Rings Reinterpreted

There was good. And evil.

And there was a ring…

…and a whole lot of weird names and dense prose while things named hobbits try to destroy it.

(character count: 177. Without title: 140)

The Old Man and the Sea Reinterpreted

Why can’t I catch a fish, S asks the boy. The next day his fish gets eaten by sharks. Tomorrow, says S we’ll catch a fish and talk baseball.
(character count: 153. Without title: 137)

Apology Template

Oh, _____. I’m _____. I haven't been _____ to you these past _____, have I? It doesn't mean I don't love you, _____; I've just been busy.

(Character count, with title: 140)

First Date

When they realized it wasn’t going to work:

She referred to ID as identification. He referred to ID as irreconcilable differences.