AuthorBenny Greeno

Magic Interferes

matriarch – throat – impossible – vinegar – apology slice – microwave – raspberry – choose – snore Tall hedges, even when you tried to part them you couldn’t catch a glimpse. The wooden gate was even taller; it stood old, grey. The property extended for acres, hidden, in the old part of town. In maroon letters, right at the front for passerby’s to...

Unsolved Mystery

murder – green – agreement – traditional – carpenter snake – sugar – kidney – congress – jam “He’s dead.”  “What?”  “Jesus christ.”  “What are you talking about? Step into the light, you’re scaring me over there.”  “The greenie, the kid, he’s dead by the trees. I went to check on him.”  “Where is he?”  “I thought he was just taking a piss.”  “Where...

A Couple on a Cruise

nosy – sponsor – passenger – willing – smile brew – yellow – neighbour – hundred – stairwell A knock at the door to the suite. I turn, looking over the queen-sized bed and joining living space that separate me from the door; a nice room, really, for what it cost me. Before I can say so, Daryl lets himself back into the room. “Got the ice,” he says...

Wrapping Up a Business Trip

bar – laptop – insect – Germany – baseball nervous – embark – protest – swing – sentence Laptop open, Marc was only feigning browsing the internet. Café des Coureurs was the meeting spot listed in the text. It was a nice place; windows from floor to ceiling on both street-side walls on the corner. A bar ran along the back. Tables populated the space...

Last Moment of Childhood

Halloween – refrigerator – pier – strengthen – voice surprise – contribute – bird – iron – requirement It’s 10:13 PM, October 31. This year for Halloween, I went as a refrigerator. Despite the detail and uniqueness of my costume —you could even open the door and see the candy resting on the shelves around my torso— my haul is depressingly low. Most...

A Day in the Life

identical – pot roast – decorate – sign – abuse library – amnesia – butcher – submit – sensation Even though her shift was over, Samantha stayed in the library. She gathered her coat and bag and went to the worn oak table on the second floor, in the western corner by the tall windows. She sat in the same wooden chair she always sat in; she retrieved...

Today at the Amusement Park

Ferris wheel – revive – dinosaur – split – disk assumption – exceed – narrow – snickerdoodle – join “Really John, I appreciate what you’re trying to do with all this, but I don’t think you can revive the collective spirit of the town with a Ferris wheel and some disk toss. It’s nice, but it’s just not the right time.” “I had to do something, Frank,”...

Friend on the Town

pizza – booth – college – restore – collection rip – Buffalo wings – chiffon – butcher – display He threw up the pizza and Buffalo wings he had eaten only an hour ago. The meaty morsels were still largely intact, although their original appearance was butchered by the bile and alcohol in his stomach; the bowl showed a pale and soupy version of how...

The Year Is 2563

space station – knuckle -interview – horse – twenty-seven lipstick – transformation – studio – distribution – assert “Welcome back listeners to S.S. space station entertainment channel twenty-seven. Of course, I’m Essex Alterra in studio. This hour we’ve got an interview with the colony leader of Phobos, one Mary-Anne Snyder. But first, let’s talk about...

Business as Unusual

housewife – moonwalk – dog – basement – conclude alien – ignore – lightning – embrace – time She called them ‘moonwalks’ whenever she took the dog out at night, regardless of the lunar cycle. Deborah found solace in the silence of her sleeping suburb. She walked in the middle of the street and let Sidekick off the leash. He was well trained...

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