A Mother’s Tale

“Close your eyes and ears. I’m here.” The child buried her head in Mother’s chest, sharp flashes of light bouncing off her blonde locks before the dark swallowed them up. Thunder shook the cellar’s walls. Debris grayed the girl’s hair, and their neighbors groaned. Both had just made it down in time into the cellar … More A Mother’s Tale

Glienicke Bridge

She came with thousands from the East and he met her halfway. “You still have that mole,” she mocked him, flicking a grey curl out of her face. “The only thing you remember?” he asked. They crossed the bridge together, first with hands apart. Then his fingertips touched her clutched gloved hand before they reached … More Glienicke Bridge

Thousand Years

“It’s over, Klaus.” His commander, a veteran at eighteen, blew cigarette smoke towards the scorching anti-aircraft gun. “Back to school if you can find it.” The streetscape lay broken. Skeletons of apartment blocks remained next to others, untouched by the firestorms. Clouds of dust lingered over the debris and the burnt. Silence had set in, … More Thousand Years

Twenty Thousand Days

Granddad had more than twenty thousand days to tell. Did he leave the old photos for me? To discover who he was until he had nearly vanished from my memory? Together with the other past lives left behind in his attic, in the country I once knew. A young man in grey uniform, standing at … More Twenty Thousand Days

Microinterview: Jürgen Stahl

Jürgen Stahl’s four microfiction stories, “Glienicke Bridge”, “Twenty Thousand Days”, “Thousand Years”, and “A Mother’s Tale”, will appear in the fourth issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2021). Jürgen graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below. 1. What inspired the stories “Glienicke Bridge”, “Twenty Thousand Days”, “Thousand … More Microinterview: Jürgen Stahl