2011 Short Story Month - Second Chances

Miracle of Science

It was humiliating. I mean bad enough that I should find myself made redundant after nearly thirty years of nearly continuous employment. Worse still that all the skills I’d built up in my various meanderings through the great career archipelago were considered insufficient or irrelevant to whatever challenge that latest pipsqueak, fresh out of college, prospective employer wanted me to face.


In a way it was my own fault. Most people I knew had chosen to stick with one career, had worked hard and had specialized. That was the thing these days, businesses didn’t want all-rounders anymore; they were only interested in applicants who had twenty years’ experience in advanced widget shuffling or whatever nonsense. My own life had seen me bounce from one career to another like a pinball caught between the bumpers.


Oh Where Oh Where Could My Baby Be

Oh Where Oh Where Could My Baby Be

The Cost

By Stanman63

Edited By JennaFl and Nora Adrienne

Synopsis: When a young man falls in love with a Trans-Girl, A Transphobic pastor begins a hate campaign that ends in tragedy and triumph as death leads to a new life.


My name is Lars Micheal Anderson and am about to graduate from Sanford University with a PhD. in Psychology. I will be working with the Transgendered Community to honor my dead girlfriend Katrina Leona Stewart who's Love for me led to my redemption and return to God.


In Your Wildest Dreams

 In Your Wildest Dreams

I wonder where you are
I wonder if you
Think about me
Once upon a time
In your wildest dreams

Soul Mates

Soul Mates
by Kristine Roland

Edited and proofread by Angela Rasch

Alchemy and Essence

An old man on a flight up the California coast tells the young stranger sitting beside him about a famous movie villain that had lived next door to him when he was a boy. An actor who was known for playing mad scientists and vampires, but in real life had been a remarkably kind and gentle man. And while his fame hasn’t endured the way Boris Karloff’s has, at the time even movie critics who panned the films he was in admitted that this startlingly ugly man brought a rare sensitivity to the types of roles he specialized in, as if he knew these monsters’ private pain.

Then the teller’s story takes a strange left turn. Claims about the actor’s suicide that---as preposterous as they might sound---would be nice to believe. That rather than drowning himself on that rainy day in March of 1941, Max Grosz had found his way to a second chance at life, and a very different sort of acting career that would win the hearts of a nation...

Laika Pupkino ~ 2011


“Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death…”
~~Werner von Braun

TransBike, New Year, New Me

TransBike, New Year, New Me

By Stan man63
Thanks To JennaFL For Proofing And Nora-Adrienne for editing!

Synopsis:When college student Carl Stroud reveals the secret desire to his father, a visit to the mall and a ride on a bike gives Carla a New Year's Wish that makes everything alright.