Top 50 Classic Short Stories All Lists

1 Always a Marine

What does an old man do when confronted with a danger? He remembers what he is, he remembers his oath to "fight all enemies, foreign and domestic." The story title says it all.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Politics, Violence, War, Military, Vignettes
Downloads: 4868| Votes: 778 | Score: 9.29
Size: 34KB | Posted:

2 Plea for an American Hero

This is an old man's last rant to an anonymous visitor. You probably shouldn't read it.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Politics
Tags: Politics
Downloads: 1094| Votes: 106 | Score: 8.91
Size: 4KB | Posted:

3 The Magic of an Old Veteran's Dream

The old veteran was feeble and frail. Would his final dream ever come true? I could make it happen. Would I take the time? Would those tired old eyes ever sparkle again?

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: True
Tags: Historical, Military, Aging
Downloads: 1113| Votes: 111 | Score: 8.66
Size: 12KB | Posted:

4 One Gold Eagle

by Argon

Max Wagner, former carpenter, lives on the streets of San Francisco. His only goal is the next mug of moonshine. Fate intervenes in the persons of a famous singer and a friendly young widow, but then Max has to prove himself in the face of a catastrophe.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Historical
Tags: Romance, Drama, Historical
Downloads: 2324| Votes: 327 | Score: 8.60
Size: 35KB | Posted:

5 Fun Run

The Ghost Reporter of the local newspaper is at the finish line of the 20 km City Fun Run. What he sees and reports moves his column from page three to the front page.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: General
Tags: Sports, Young Adult, Vignettes
Downloads: 2823| Votes: 359 | Score: 8.48
Size: 8KB | Posted:

6 Coming Home

Father's been away 3 years. His young family's meeting him at the airport. --- Bad Fred, said --- It's poignant, and you hit the right notes. If I didn't know it was your story and trust you, I would have drifted away in the first few paragraphs. It moved slowly. It was lovely, but it wasn't hitting my "what happens next?" buttons. Well, until the end when it all comes together. Readers who stick with it will be rewarded.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama, Politics, Military, Workplace, Vignettes
Downloads: 2937| Votes: 383 | Score: 8.47
Size: 11KB | Posted:

7 Visiting Queensland

by Pedant

Gordy and Weena (4)
Gordy and Weena visit the Hollisters in Queensland and encounter nasty insects and public health problems.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: True
Tags: Romance, True
Downloads: 1610| Votes: 199 | Score: 8.25
Size: 49KB | Posted:

8 Coincidence

This is a very short story, more of a cameo. If I was to say anything more, there would be little point in anyone reading it.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 4816| Votes: 426 | Score: 7.97
Size: 12KB | Posted:

9 02-08 Dani-girl

A Clan Amir Story
June 2002, a young woman from a family of warriors faces her destiny - head on. Through an unusual and close link to her young genius brother, he's more aware of events than you think. This story is part of a series that follows events that shape his life and destiny, this is one event at a critical time in his life. It answers the questions 'What IS a warrior?' 'Can a warrior also be a pacifist?'

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Drama, Violence, Military, Workplace, Young Adult, Vignettes
Downloads: 3182| Votes: 339 | Score: 7.70
Size: 34KB | Posted:

10 El Paso City

The lovely woman sitting next to Jack on the plane shocked him when she told him her name was Felina. He was intrigued with the mystery presented by the proposition that maybe Faleena didn't die in the shootout behind Rosa's Cantina. Please read "El Paso - Jake Rivers" first.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama, Historical, Western
Downloads: 1482| Votes: 170 | Score: 7.70
Size: 44KB | Posted:

11 Remington .44

A Story in the The Trilogy and More Western Universe
A tale of the old west in the turbulent times following the Civil War. A young man sort of follows in his father's footsteps.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Western
Tags: Drama, Historical, Western
Downloads: 3944| Votes: 382 | Score: 7.69
Size: 46KB | Posted:

12 Patrick

by Pedant

Gordy and Weena (10)
Patrick feels alone. Mary has died; Rob is very depressed; Weena is upset; Rachel is in Japan with her grandparents. It's a time of transition and growing into middle-school.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: True
Tags: True
Downloads: 1939| Votes: 146 | Score: 7.61
Size: 45KB | Posted: Concluded:

13 A Christmas in Peril

A Christmas Story
A grouchy old man is about to spend another Christmas alone,until there is a knock at the door. Is there a second chance for Christmas joy?

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Drama
Tags: Christmas
Downloads: 1622| Votes: 147 | Score: 7.48
Size: 26KB | Posted:

14 Sarah

Some love endures beyond the grave, no matter what the cynics tell us. Sarah gave me something her husband couldn't buy with all his wealth. Sarah gave me Sarah.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Spiritual
Downloads: 1796| Votes: 240 | Score: 7.47
Size: 11KB | Posted:

15 Venice in August

A short tale -- very loosely -- based on an encounter I had with a childhood friend in that beautiful city one summer about ten or fifteen years ago; okay maybe a little longer. Only my encounter – whilst extremely enjoyable for both of us -- had a completely different outcome, neither of us are widowed.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 2045| Votes: 227 | Score: 7.46
Size: 38KB | Posted:

16 Five Ultra Short Stories

Five short stories, entries in a contest for stories under 100 words with a twist on the end. See if you can guess the twist before you get to it.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Comedy
Tags: Humor, Vignettes
Downloads: 1292| Votes: 107 | Score: 7.41
Size: 2KB | Posted:

17 The Hanging Judge

If you're guilty, you better hope you don't come before the hanging judge

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama
Downloads: 2212| Votes: 263 | Score: 7.38
Size: 35KB | Posted:

18 I Will Visit Her Grave Someday

Years after he had promised to visit the grave of a lovely girl who had died much too young, and aided by a few friends, Kent kept his word.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 1627| Votes: 124 | Score: 7.32
Size: 34KB | Posted:

19 Best Served Cold

A Justiceman Episode (2)
Part of the The Post Sickness World of Phoenicia universe
In the post-Sickness Arizona territory, rape and murder are not uncommon. If you're going to commit these acts, though, you'd best be careful who your victims are. Bad guys are not always the baddest guys around.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Western, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic
Downloads: 5997| Votes: 733 | Score: 7.30
Size: 29KB | Posted:

20 Funny, How Time Slips Away

Just the ups and downs of one man's life. One of my older stories, and the first of mine that was posted widely on the internet.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 4918| Votes: 361 | Score: 7.28
Size: 32KB | Posted:

21 05-04 French Follies

A Clan Amir Story
In November 2009, Gerry has to visit Europe to resolve some political issues, and has the bad luck to visit a school when some terrorists wish to use it for their purposes. Badly outnumbered, his security team do their duty. Sometimes, the best a warrior can do is to die hard, to help his friends who will arrive later. From the Clan Amir Book - The Falcon in Flight.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Drama, Politics, Violence, War, Military, Workplace, Young Adult, Vignettes
Downloads: 3555| Votes: 349 | Score: 7.28
Size: 42KB | Posted:

22 The Hangman Cometh

A Story in the The Trilogy and More Western Universe
Johnny Rawlings is in jail waiting for The Hangman

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Western
Tags: Crime, Drama, Western
Downloads: 2087| Votes: 248 | Score: 7.28
Size: 24KB | Posted:

23 02-06 Rites of Passage

A Clan Amir Story
Many societies have a rite of passage where a boy is called a man and a girl is called a woman once they pass the rites. Young Gordie wishes to stand early, as is his right. However, there are things to be done to organise them, and the normal events of life don't stop just so he can do this. As is usual for Gordie, he does it all in his own way, and different to what others expect.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Young Adult
Tags: Coming of Age, Politics, Workplace, Royalty, Young Adult, Vignettes
Downloads: 2064| Votes: 165 | Score: 7.28
Size: 41KB | Posted:

24 Dogfight

After Billy humiliates Jenny in an Ugly Girl contest, what happens to him? Can the Marines make him a man? Maybe a stint at Khe Sanh would help.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama, War, Christmas
Downloads: 3275| Votes: 385 | Score: 7.19
Size: 42KB | Posted:

25 J.J. and His Sin (Cyn)

Meet the girl, love the girl, protect the girl

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama
Downloads: 3250| Votes: 320 | Score: 7.19
Size: 47KB | Posted:

26 03-12 What a Girl

A Clan Amir Story
Gerry wants to build a boat, so he does - but only after inventing the materials to make it work. Before he can build what he wants he builds a luxury yacht to test out the design. However, the major test is when he's at sea during a Category 5 storm, and has to help rescue others caught out at sea.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Drama
Downloads: 1110| Votes: 102 | Score: 7.19
Size: 28KB | Posted:

27 Hey, Joe!

Danny comes home from 'Nam and when he see his buddy's girl he knows she's the one he wants. The fun starts when he tells his friend, "She's the cutest girl I've ever seen, I'll tell you face to face I mean to steal her from you." Joe was not pleased by this.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama, War
Downloads: 1887| Votes: 261 | Score: 7.17
Size: 43KB | Posted:

28 Dragon

A young man has no choice in the matter of facing a fierce and deadly dragon threatening himself and everyone. He must go up into its mountain and do battle with the creature, or is it one?

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Mythology
Tags: Dragons
Downloads: 1453| Votes: 135 | Score: 7.10
Size: 38KB | Posted:

29 The Horse

An orphan girl encounters a horse in her forest. The horse will change her life

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Kids
Tags: Knights, Witchcraft
Downloads: 1409| Votes: 196 | Score: 7.06
Size: 41KB | Posted:

30 A Prayer for Santa

Charlie's gig as a department store Santa Claus doesn't go so well. Can he find redemption?

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama, Addiction
Downloads: 1627| Votes: 152 | Score: 7.04
Size: 39KB | Posted:

31 The Death of Love in Morristown

A Magic at War Story
Con is back in Iraq and Shameera is being posted to the Pentagon to keep her out of harm's way. On her way to DC, Shameera decides to stop by her soon-to-be in-law's for a long talk with her love's sister about a cryptic comment Con made about why he ran so hard from her. What happened in Con's past that true love spooked him so? Is it something that will threaten his hastily bonded relationship with Shameera? She has decided she has to know the secret and only Maeve can enlighten her.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Fantasy
Tags: Romance, School, Military, Christmas, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, Magic, Football
Downloads: 3421| Votes: 188 | Score: 7.03
Size: 36KB | Posted: Concluded:

32 Give It Away - Reprise

When Jerry's wife, Cindy, told him to "give it away," he couldn't. Would she ever come to him and ask him to "give it back?" This is a sequel to "Give It Away" please read that story first.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama
Downloads: 2086| Votes: 124 | Score: 7.02
Size: 43KB | Posted:

33 The Cobbler and the Brownies

A Story in the Once Upon a Time... Universe
How can a poor Cobbler find his Luck and win the hand of a Lady fair? Spend an evening with the local Brownies! (but don't let them catch you!) A old-fashioned Fairy Tale perfect for a bedtime story!

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Fable
Tags: Humor, Historical
Downloads: 1292| Votes: 163 | Score: 7.01
Size: 42KB | Posted:

34 Three Times! A Lady?

A Story in the Spider and Fly Universe
A little wander through realms of improbability, concerning a confused young man and his interactions with one particular member of female of our species. Of course it is possible that the young lady in question, had just came up with a novel approach to solving the problem of “not" being noticed, by her intended pray.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Melodrama
Downloads: 5003| Votes: 443 | Score: 7.00
Size: 46KB | Posted:

35 Last Patrol

Dedicated to my fellow veterans, those who made it back and those who didn't.It's the early 1970's and Dennis is about two weeks away from rotating back to the world after his tour in Viet Nam. He's looking forward to seeing his wife again and his daughter for the first time. Join him on his "Last Patrol".

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Drama, Historical
Downloads: 1370| Votes: 192 | Score: 6.97
Size: 15KB | Posted:

36 Exavior II

Another misadventure for Joseph and Angela, where danger is all too often their compagion.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Fantasy
Tags: Science Fiction
Downloads: 1255| Votes: 116 | Score: 6.96
Size: 27KB | Posted:

37 Having It All

by JimWar

This is a short story about a man who has a pretty good life, you might even say a rich life. He has things and yet he is lonely. Like most of us he doesn't realize that he is missing something. This is also a story about a young woman who is also missing something in her life. Well to say more would be to give you too much information.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 3864| Votes: 321 | Score: 6.93
Size: 46KB | Posted:

38 Mary

An older, bereaved man finds a new love.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Supernatural
Tags: Romance, Supernatural
Downloads: 1122| Votes: 142 | Score: 6.91
Size: 8KB | Posted:

39 Night Moves

A young man and a young woman share night moves

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 1671| Votes: 161 | Score: 6.89
Size: 31KB | Posted:

40 Exavior

Racing to leave one world, a man and his ship's symbiot are looking for a new begining together. But with something following, it doesn't look good.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Thriller
Tags: Science Fiction
Downloads: 1705| Votes: 154 | Score: 6.89
Size: 22KB | Posted:

41 Hunted or Hunter

Four men attempt to do something evil. They picked the wrong man as a victim.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Drama, Violence
Downloads: 2611| Votes: 252 | Score: 6.87
Size: 44KB | Posted:

42 Paint It Black

This story is my take on what the words for the Rolling Stones great song might mean. Sad and dark at the beginning but bright and sunny at the end. Follow Jim as he deals with his loss and gives up on love.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Drama
Tags: Romance, Drama
Downloads: 2069| Votes: 218 | Score: 6.84
Size: 30KB | Posted:

43 I Wanna Learn a Love Song

A sad tale of two people who fall in love.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 974| Votes: 108 | Score: 6.84
Size: 16KB | Posted:

44 Memories Are Made of Fish

My stepfather and my Uncle Oscar had an interesting story they shared -- but there was something fishy about it.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: True
Tags: Humor, True
Downloads: 613| Votes: 100 | Score: 6.80
Size: 7KB | Posted:

45 In His Arms Instead

A man loses his wife and then loses the love of his life.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Flash
Tags: Drama
Downloads: 2145| Votes: 243 | Score: 6.74
Size: 9KB | Posted:

46 The CIA Exposed: T.a.R.P. Cover Up

Some smart people invent a way to dispose of rubbish, and a few other things. The CIA want their technology, and they won't hand it over. Things heat up.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Politics, Workplace
Downloads: 1787| Votes: 180 | Score: 6.74
Size: 37KB | Posted:

47 On the Trail of Justice

A Justiceman Episode (3)
Part of the The Post Sickness World of Phoenicia universe
Is it murder, or a justified killing? As the territory's new 'Justiceman', Alex must find a way to make that determination, but first he's got to bring the killer in without getting himself killed.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Western, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic
Downloads: 4757| Votes: 616 | Score: 6.73
Size: 46KB | Posted:

48 A Fowl Affair

A Story in the The Criminalization of John and Jane Smith Universe
Life was great until Charlie, the rooster, greeted the sun one morning and started a chain of events that rapidly spiraled out of control.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Politics
Tags: Drama, Politics
Downloads: 1382| Votes: 145 | Score: 6.72
Size: 21KB | Posted:

49 Matter of Taste

Sam ate breakfast at Thelma's Diner five mornings a week for nine years. Then in the course of a single daythey found out although they were acquainted, they never knew one another. All it took was a special steak sandwich...

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama
Downloads: 2505| Votes: 360 | Score: 6.67
Size: 23KB | Posted:

50 Always on My Mind

Another troubled marriage.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Drama
Tags: Romance, Drama, Workplace
Downloads: 3478| Votes: 280 | Score: 6.67
Size: 35KB | Posted:
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