December 3, 2015

Clock In

I am way overdue in posting an update. Here is some new flash fiction involving the Kool-Aid Man.

THE AIRGONAUT

by J. BRADLEY

The glasses in the children’s hands return the liquid to the pitcher. Brick by brick, the wall repairs itself. The mortar falls away from my face, body, the pitcher in my hands. The director yells “Action.”

I am told by the production assistant not to tell the child actors they are drinking my blood. The sugar returns to the measuring cup. The red powder returns to the blue packets. The level of water in the pitcher lowers, disappears.

Flicked ashes fall upwards; the cigarette rebuilds. The match head snuffs its own flame. The match reconnects with the rest of its family.

The wall repairs itself. Drywall falls from my face and body. “I have to go to work, ” I don’t say over the shouting.

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J. BRADLEY runs the  Central Florida based reading series/micro chapbook publisher There Will Be Words. Follow J. Bradley on twitter…

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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net.

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