Best Very Short Stories of 1998
These very short stories - the best of Story Bytes for 1998 - were chosen based entirely upon reader feedback.
They appear in reverse chronological order (newest first).
Grandfather Change by M. Stanley Bubien A pocketful of change can have so many uses. 512 Words, Published December, 1998
I Dare Destroy by M. Stanley Bubien Was it Michael Rounds or George Carlin who called environmentalists
utterly arrogant to teach that mankind could actually destroy our
vast and ancient planet?
512 Words, Published December, 1998
My Daughter the Checkout Chick by Lincoln Donald So many things in life are inconvenient, but maybe those are the most worthwhile. 1024 Words, Published December, 1998
The Hopeless Prophet's Gravestone by M. Stanley Bubien Prophets are a grim bunch, after all. 4 Words, Published November, 1998
The Remnants of His Touch by M. Stanley Bubien After a lifetime, this may be the only thing that remains. 256 Words, Published November, 1998
The River Crossing by Alex Keegan To avoid death sometimes we must do the unthinkable. 512 Words, Published November, 1998
The Alcoholic Speaks by M. Stanley Bubien And when the alcoholic speaks, people listen. 4 Words, Published October, 1998
The Most Important Thing by M. Stanley Bubien Some people ask "What's in a name?" Some people answer "Everything." 512 Words, Published October, 1998
A Psalm for Emily by Glynn Sharpe Psalm n.: A sacred song or poem used in worship, esp. one of the biblical
hymns collected in the Book of Psalms.
1024 Words, Published October, 1998
The Woodsman, Weeping by Joseph Lerner In forgiveness, is it the giving or the receiving that is the most difficult? 512 Words, Published October, 1998
Home Break by M. Stanley Bubien There's many types of advantages: home field advantage, home break advantage.
But what of psychological advantage?
2048 Words, Published September, 1998
Responsibility American Style, Take II by M. Stanley Bubien It's the easy way out. 64 Words, Published September, 1998
Victory Dancer by Steve Stringer There's sure bets in horse racing and other places too. 512 Words, Published September, 1998
All the Best Surfers by M. Stanley Bubien We learn from the best of them, often even more than we anticipate. 512 Words, published August, 1998
First Duty by M. Stanley Bubien There are priorities and there are priorities and we are so often forced to choose. 2048 Words, Published August, 1998
White Horse Winner by Thomas Sennett There are two types of people in the world: winners and losers. 1024 Words, published August, 1998
A Night in Heaven by M. Stanley Bubien Gives new meaning to the phrase "it felt like it lasted forever." 32 Words, published July, 1998
Practically Everyone Does by M. Stanley Bubien Not an inevitability, but as the title says... 16 Words, published July, 1998
The Question of a Lifetime by M. Stanley Bubien You never know when you might bump into someone you know. 512 Words, published July, 1998
Speaking Evil by Paul Beckman Never talk back to your mother! Then again, what if you're right? 256 Words, published July, 1998
Gooddog by Jean Goldstrom Good dogs always obey, always. 256 Words, published June, 1998
The Road of Kings by M. Stanley Bubien We'll all have the opportunity to drive that road at some time. 512 Words, published June, 1998
Romantically Handicapped by Thomas Sennett As with most handicaps, it's overcoming them that's the issue. 512 Words, published June, 1998
The Song of the Sea by M. Stanley Bubien Not your traditional tune, but music nevertheless. 256 Words, published June, 1998
The Coast is Clear by M. Stanley Bubien There are gifts and there are gifts, but to receive them... that's key. 512 Words, published May, 1998
The Prayer of Faith by M. Stanley Bubien ...Is the most difficult prayer of all. 512 Words, published May, 1998
Prince Charming by George W. Clingerman We're all charmed at one time or another, but for better or worse? 32 Words, published May, 1998
The Carriage by Mimi Carmen Small gifts sometimes carry large repercussions. 1024 Words, published April, 1998
Fool the Wind Cried by M. Stanley Bubien But for whom does it cry? Me? You? Him? 512 Words, published April, 1998
The Sound of the Fury by M. Stanley Bubien Some are called by the sound, others are driven away. 2048 Words, published April, 1998
Heroic Tragedy by M. Stanley Bubien A moment of passion could rob the world... 512 Words, published March, 1998
The Other Called Great by M. Stanley Bubien Greatness, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder. 512 Words, published March, 1998
The Popsicle by Glynn Sharpe When you're not paying attention, despair sometimes creeps slowly in. 512 Words, published March, 1998
No Longer Have the Courage by M. Stanley Bubien At least McCarthur didn't deny it: "War is Hell." 128 Words, published February, 1998
Sweet Denial by Geri Borcz Better than facing the truth... maybe. 512 Words, published February, 1998
Dwelling in this House by M. Stanley Bubien The house of life, that is. 16 Words, published January, 1998
Magic Man by M. Stanley Bubien Magic comes in many forms. 1024 Words, published January, 1998
A Moment of Indecision by M. Stanley Bubien Everyone faces such moments. But sometimes the consequences are greater than others. 1024 Words, published January, 1998