Assorted Short Fiction

I never know where an idea might come from – or where it might lead me when I sit down to write. Likewise, the story usually dictates its own length. In some ways, I suppose that makes me more of a scribe than anything else, but it’s a role I don’t mind filling!

I hope you enjoy the random collection of short stories here as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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The One That Got Away, a short story by Leigh SaundersThe One That Got Away

a short story

The search for an exiled sea goddess leads Nereus, Warden of the Outcasts, to a small restaurant in the Pacific Northwest and a broken fishing float.

Available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. $0.99

 

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Memory at Lascaux

A short story

With the world covered in ash and clouded in despair, there are only two choices:

lie down in the ash,

…or find a way to survive.

Available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. $0.99

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Hard Times - a short story by Leigh SaundersHard Times

A short story

Tara sees aliens all the time – at work, in the supermarket, even panhandling on the side of the road. Danny’s never seen one, and thinks Tara’s crazy.

What’s a girl to do? Let Danny dump her because he thinks she’s crazy? Or ask the aliens to abduct her boyfriend?

Available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. $0.99

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Marriage of Convenience, a novelette by Leigh SaundersMarriage of Convenience

A novelette

An unexpected demand by the powerful Rhysa throws fragile treaty negotiations into a turmoil. Tasked with brokering an interspecies marriage of alliance between humans and Rhysians, Earth’s negotiation team finds themselves caught in an interstellar re-enactment of Beauty and the Beast – one demanding personal sacrifices to ensure peace, and where no one will be magically transformed in the end.

This novelette was previously a Finalist in the Writer’s of the Future contest.

Available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.  $2.99

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Job Hunt, a short story by Leigh SaundersJob Hunt

A short story

You’ll do just about anything when you’re desperate for work.

And since the dog food was starting to look appealing, things were definitely looking desperate.

That’s when the alien showed up…

Available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. $0.99

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A Domestic Wine & Cassoulet, a short story by Leigh SaundersA Domestic Wine and Cassoulet

A short story

Dr. David Masaryk is a stranded alien trying to keep a low-profile in Southern California.

You’d think that would be easy…

This story was previously published in “Tomorrow” magazine.

Available on KindleNook, and Smashwords. $0.99

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Ghost Writer, a short story by Leigh SaundersGhost Writer

A short story

Thomas Browne is a writer with a problem — not writer’s block; that would be easy to cope with.

In fact, if he could just stop writing, it might save his life…

Available on KindleNook, and Smashwords. $0.99

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Rumors of My Death, a short story by Leigh SaundersRumors of My Death

A short story

Kim Taylor found it mildly amusing when the morning news reported his untimely death in an aircar accident on the Bonneville Salt Flats — obviously, someone had really screwed up this time.

But with his cell phone disconnected, credit cards revoked, parking space usurped, and burial urn on display, Kim begins to think there’s more to the news report than just an elaborate practical joke.

This story was previously published in the anthology “Washed by a Wave of Wind.”

Available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. $0.99