dennis scharnberg

captains and mercaptans

To think well of himself.  That was Frank’s primary concern.  It was an endless (and thankless) struggle.

Jason Starling, ed.,  Adventures in Narrative Parsimony.

flying away again

“It was the deceit that mattered,” said Jannings, “not anything in particular that was covered up.”

Rubina Malcolm,  The Black Box.

no damned good

“I am a face model,” she whispered.  “Watch how they light me perfectly.

Diana Moone,  Living Well.

closing the door

Select a sequence of words that satisfies you.

Godfrey Tooke,  Collected Aphorisms.

recto and verso

“Am I thinking yet?” asked Jennifer, almost desperately.

“No!” came the response.

Anselm Bligh,  A Collection of Miniatures.

fold and gather

“No, Stacie.  If the sentence contains the word girl, then it is to be considered a naughty sentence.”

Myrtle Mawby,  Cabinets and Drawers, a Novel.

obverse and reverse

The internet creates the boredom that it promises to relieve.

Roger Hedgecook,  Stolen and Sold for Parts.

quid pro pro

“We are not rational, Jack.  We rationalize.  There is a big difference.”

Pryce Cummings,  Rattle Box.

shady country lane

“But where did Tuesday and Wednesday go, Oliver?  Tell me that.  Please.”

Gladys Huizinga,  Hard-Luck Dennis.

words were spoken

A roof tile—loosened several days earlier in a strong storm—fell upon his head, killing him instantly.

Roone Giddings,  Dirty Old Coins.