AuthorBenny Greeno

Regarding Break-ups

Tell me: “I don’t like you anymore” — that’s what I want. And it’s what you should want too.  Whether it came on quickly or it built over time, once the feelings of “I need to break up with this person” entered her (or his— relax) mind, they were not going anywhere until they were addressed. More likely, they became a gremlin that was found peering back at her throughout the day, staring at her...

Office Intrigue in the Future

time travel – trousers – supervise – successfully – law identity – mustard – kitchen – tooth – fly The second to last thing that happened was Margaret over-squeezing the mustard bottle so the yellow condiment shot past her open ham sandwich and landed as a sizeable dollop on the left leg of her trousers. Just before that, a man appeared in front of...

Take on a Challenge

masquerade – gang – allege – double – lucky tea – personality – introduction – parasite – class He’s not waking, despite the bustle of the street, and it’s nearly nine AM. “Excuse — sir.” I’ll offer him my tea, they didn’t have Earl Grey anyways. First pull my scarf tighter and higher around the neck. It’s a cold morning. I’ll just give him a quick...

An Unexpected Discovery

parallel – informal – crude – expand – popular unlikely – analyst – replacement – cell – chest It was the day Sarah had been waiting for for nine years, but she couldn’t help but feel the weight of the tragedy that was parallel to her relief. Here she was, twenty-three, and this morning’s dose of beta blockers would her last after every day since...

Big Time Deals

feud – philosophy – palace – finger – scandal skyscraper – complacent – handle – crawl – challenge Real money is changing hands. I couldn’t believe it at first. The feud over the recess toy market has been going since April, but I think the rivalry between Tony Newsome and Alan Wright has been going since J.K.. Then it was over who could head-stand...

Crossing the Line

defamation – stroke – reporter – truck – weasel supermarket – encyclopedia – contemplate – classify – clutch It was a stroke of luck she’d intercepted the musician on the way to his vehicle. Not because she hadn’t been waiting for him —she had, all day in fact, outside his studio— but she was just about to get a bite from the supermarket across the...

The Supernatural Invades

metamorphosis – rogue – shrug – salamander – sleepy chimpanzee – enzyme – lemon – glance – merge An albino chimpanzee. White fur and white skin seen on the face and hands, the product of rogue enzymes. A metamorphosis — a divergence from his dark-haired kin. And because of it, Dom is treated as a different species in his habitat. Worse than that...

Travelling West

Our 787 hunts the setting sun towards the horizon behind the Pacific Ocean. Though we don’t look like hunters. Instead, evenly-spaced and hushed, we passengers look like we’re running from something. Masks pulled tightly behind the ears, the air that seeps in though the creases at our cheeks is recycled through “hospital grade filters,” we’re assured. 29A is a window...

On a Quest

medieval – derive – molten – oar – rhythm ears – antique – corn – daughter – yammer “No sir, if you’re looking for a specific item, it’s best just to come into the store.” Then a reply unheard, followed by: “I don’t know if we have that oar sir, we have lots of watercraft pieces.” Ridley’s Antiques was where Harv Bishop was visiting on a Tuesday...

A Romantic Scene in an Unromantic Place

blacksmith – tongue – woman – spark – musical blind – Bible – barbecue – elbow – bundle I press the ignitor button and I hear it clicking, but there isn’t a spark. I grab my cigarette lighter from my back pocket, hold it lit to the vent on the side of the rusted barbecue and the accumulated propane bursts into flame. Once it’s up the temperature and...

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