And Then I Heard

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Author: Zoe Wright
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Genre: Short Story
Tag: Trumptopia, Zoe Wright, 

Delbert O'Shaughnessy knew what humiliation felt like. He was used to being embarrassed. In fact, his first ever recollection was of his father dragging him in front of a group of men at a bar and making him yelp like a dog when he was just three-years-old.


“Bark, boy! Bark like the mutt you are!”


Delbert obliged, even getting down on all fours and scurrying around the beer-sodden floor.


“Can you hear that?” his father joked.

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Trumptopia

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Author: Zoe Wright
Series: No
Genre: Short Story
Tag: Trumptopia, Zoe Wright, 

This short story was inspired by the 2016 election for the President of the United States. It is, of course, completely fictitious, as it relays a future that has not yet happened. While some of the characters in the story are real people, what they experience in these pages is entirely fabricated; hopefully they will never have to endure the consequences described.


There are some facts woven into the fiction, mainly attributed to Mr. Donald Trump, who is the Republican party's presidential nominee. Trump's words and actions, which are verifiable through video and sound recordings, spawned this dystopian look at what the future may hold.


As I wrote, I realized this story could potentially be one of the longest short stories ever written. The amount of crass, callous and offensive remarks made by Mr. Trump is so excessive, I had to cherry pick which ones to use to move the story forward.


My political views notwithstanding, I hope people will never have an opportunity to suggest life imitates art after reading this story, and may this dystopian horror story forever remain in the fiction genre.
Zoe

She Said, He Said

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Author: Zoe Wright

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Genre: Short Story

Tag: She Said, He Said, Zoe Wright, 

She sat curled up on her parent’s overstuffed sofa, feeling very small and insignificant. She’d learned a couple of days ago how this was going to play out. No charges would be filed against Delroy Smith. The Delroy Smith. The winning quarterback. The Heisman Trophy short-lister. The God of PIU, who is apparently taking his team all the way to a national championship. It was just a ‘she said, he said’ encounter, they confirmed. A frivolous allegation made by a girl who wants her fifteen minutes of fame. She was now the official pariah of the university. How could she go back there? She may be Jane Doe as far as the general public was concerned, but at school all 10,000 students knew who she was. She’d already sensed glances in her direction. She heard the whispering as she went from class to class. How did she ever get into this situation?

The Absolution Solution

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Author: Zoe Wright

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Genre: Short Story

Tag: The Absolution Solution, Zoe Wright, 

Terri shivered. She was chilled to the bone, even though she was bundled up in enough cold weather gear she could’ve passed for an Eskimo. She’d bought it especially for the occasion. She certainly had no use for them in Florida, and planned on donating them as soon as she returned. Everything about this trip represented something she never wanted to visit again. She’d moved away years ago, convincing herself that her decision was as much to do with getting away from the miserable New England weather as fleeing from her past. She looked up at the dreary sky and felt a raindrop land on her cheek.

You Might As Well Live!

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Author: Zoe Wright

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Genre: Short Story

Tag: You Might As Well Live, Zoe Wright, 

The Résumé, or Curriculum Vitae, as they say in England. Typical Brits. They always manage to make everything sound impressive, don’t you think? Perhaps I should designate my life a curriculum vita as, loosely translated, it means “the course of life.” But there again, the word résumé is rather fitting too. We stole the word from the French, you know. It means “to summarize,” and what you are about to read does rather summarize my life. Or at least my love life; an all-consuming hobby which I have to confess I’m not particularly adept at. I really don’t know how other women manage to be so accomplished in this arena. I suspect they may be nothing more than extremely good liars.

Turn To Lead

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Author: Zoe Wright

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Genre: Short Story

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He’d never shopped in a pawn store before, but Ron was kind of desperate. He’d managed to download a virus onto his work issued laptop the night before. Stupid Internet gambling. What was he thinking? If the boss found out he was goofing around on the work computer again, he’d almost certainly be canned. He’d dropped it off at a repair place, but they said that it might be a couple of days before they could get round to looking at it. He’d negotiated a pretty good deal for this one though. He just hoped it would boot up like it did in the store when he got it home.

The Stop

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Author: Zoe Wright

Series: Yes

Genre: Short Story

Tag: The Stop, Zoe Wright, 

It was raining again. In fact it wasn’t just raining, it was pouring. Charlie’s heart sank because it meant that the boss was sure to call and cancel him for tomorrow. Fucking summer weather! Charlie cursed it almost every day. When it wasn’t a hundred degrees out, it was pouring with rain and work was getting called off. When work was called off there was no payday, and Charlie really needed as much money as he could lay his hands on right now.

It Never Rains...

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Author: Zoe Wright
Series: No
Genre: Comedy
Tag: Beaten, Zoe Wright, 

Any mother, even in the best of circumstances, has misgivings when she finds out that her son is getting married. I certainly did. He was, after all my baby boy, and I was now being expected to share him with some other gal. Let me add here though that mine were not the best of circumstances; in fact they were far from it. Two years ago, and a couple of months after he started dating his latest girlfriend, our 19-year-old son sat us down and announced that she was pregnant.

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