Top 50 Classic Short Stories All Lists
  Title Author Description Size Dnlds Votes Score
1

Always a Marine
Action/Adventure
Ernest Bywater 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.
Tags: Politics, Violence, War, Military, Vignettes
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
34 KB 4746 770 9.30
2

Plea for an American Hero
Politics
Misguided Child This is an old man's last rant to an anonymous visitor. You probably shouldn't read it.
Tags: Politics
Age Rating: Older than 7
Posted:
4 KB 1062 104 8.91
3

The Magic of an Old Veteran's Dream
True
Lance Manne 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?
Tags: Historical, Military, Aging
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
12 KB 1084 110 8.66
4

One Gold Eagle
Historical
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.
Tags: Romance, Drama, Historical
Age Rating: Older than 7
Posted:
35 KB 2251 317 8.62
5

Fun Run
General
Ernest Bywater 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.
Tags: Sports, Young Adult, Vignettes
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
8 KB 2731 348 8.47
6

Coming Home
Drama
Ernest Bywater 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.
Tags: Drama, Politics, Military, Workplace, Vignettes
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
11 KB 2857 380 8.46
7

Visiting Queensland
True
Pedant Gordy and Weena (4)
Gordy and Weena visit the Hollisters in Queensland and encounter nasty insects and public health problems.
Tags: Romance, True
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
49 KB 1579 198 8.28
8

Coincidence
Romance
Denham Forrest 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.
Tags: Romance
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
12 KB 4609 418 7.96
9

Remington .44
Western
woodmanone 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.
Tags: Drama, Historical, Western
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
46 KB 3779 376 7.78
10

02-08 Dani-girl
Action/Adventure
Ernest Edwards 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?'
Tags: Drama, Violence, Military, Workplace, Young Adult, Vignettes
Age Rating: Older than 7
Posted: / (Review)
34 KB 3027 329 7.74
11

El Paso City
Romance
Jake Rivers 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.
Tags: Romance, Drama, Historical, Western
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
44 KB 1415 167 7.71
12

Patrick
True
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.
Tags: True
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted: Concluded:
45 KB 1925 145 7.68
13

Venice in August
Romance
Denham Forrest 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.
Tags: Romance
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
38 KB 1958 223 7.47
14

Sarah
Romance
TC Allen 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.
Tags: Romance, Spiritual
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
11 KB 1739 237 7.45
15

Five Ultra Short Stories
Comedy
Ernest Bywater 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.
Tags: Humor, Vignettes
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted: / (Review)
2 KB 1223 103 7.45
16

The Hanging Judge
Drama
woodmanone If you're guilty, you better hope you don't come before the hanging judge
Tags: Drama
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
35 KB 2129 260 7.39
17

A Christmas in Peril
Drama
Lance Manne 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?
Tags: Christmas
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
26 KB 1566 144 7.37
18

The Hangman Cometh
Western
woodmanone A Story in the The Trilogy and More Western Universe
Johnny Rawlings is in jail waiting for The Hangman
Tags: Crime, Drama, Western
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
24 KB 2010 244 7.34
19

02-06 Rites of Passage
Young Adult
Ernest Edwards 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.
Tags: Coming of Age, Politics, Workplace, Royalty, Young Adult, Vignettes
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
41 KB 1911 156 7.32
20

I Will Visit Her Grave Someday
Romance
Harrison_0978 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.
Tags: Romance
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
34 KB 1570 119 7.31
21

Best Served Cold
Science Fiction
Shakes Peer2B 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.
Tags: Western, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
29 KB 5820 728 7.29
22

05-04 French Follies
Action/Adventure
Ernest Edwards 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.
Tags: Drama, Politics, Violence, War, Military, Workplace, Young Adult, Vignettes
Age Rating: Older than 7
Posted:
42 KB 3394 338 7.29
23

Funny, How Time Slips Away
Romance
Denham Forrest 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.
Tags: Romance
Age Rating: Older than 7
Posted:
32 KB 4694 354 7.26
24

Dogfight
Romance
Jake Rivers 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.
Tags: Romance, Drama, War, Christmas
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
42 KB 3140 380 7.18
25

J.J. and His Sin (Cyn)
Romance
woodmanone Meet the girl, love the girl, protect the girl
Tags: Romance, Drama
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
47 KB 3121 319 7.16
26

The Death of Love in Morristown
Fantasy
Celtic Bard 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.
Tags: Romance, School, Military, Christmas, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, Magic, Football
Age Rating: Older than 17
Posted: Concluded:
36 KB 3340 185 7.13
27

Dragon
Mythology
JOHNNY SACHU 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?
Tags: Dragons
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
38 KB 1415 135 7.10
28

Hey, Joe!
Romance
Jake Rivers 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.
Tags: Romance, Drama, War
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
43 KB 1822 258 7.09
29

The Horse
Kids
Oz Ozzie An orphan girl encounters a horse in her forest. The horse will change her life
Tags: Knights, Witchcraft
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
41 KB 1356 195 7.04
30

A Prayer for Santa
Drama
Jake Rivers Charlie's gig as a department store Santa Claus doesn't go so well. Can he find redemption?
Tags: Drama, Addiction
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
39 KB 1562 147 7.01
31

Three Times! A Lady?
Romance
Denham Forrest 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.
Tags: Romance, Melodrama
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
46 KB 4830 437 7.00
32

The Cobbler and the Brownies
Fable
Stultus 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!
Tags: Humor, Historical
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
42 KB 1257 163 7.00
33

Last Patrol
Action/Adventure
LVWolfman 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".
Tags: Drama, Historical
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
15 KB 1358 192 6.93
34

Having It All
Romance
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.
Tags: Romance
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
46 KB 3759 316 6.90
35

Night Moves
Romance
Carter County A young man and a young woman share night moves
Tags: Romance
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
31 KB 1603 161 6.89
36

Hunted or Hunter
Action/Adventure
woodmanone Four men attempt to do something evil. They picked the wrong man as a victim.
Tags: Drama, Violence
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
44 KB 2441 243 6.88
37

Exavior II
Fantasy
JOHNNY SACHU Another misadventure for Joseph and Angela, where danger is all too often their compagion.
Tags: Science Fiction
Age Rating: Older than 17
Posted:
27 KB 1234 115 6.88
38

Give It Away - Reprise
Romance
Jake Rivers 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.
Tags: Romance, Drama
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
43 KB 2023 120 6.86
39

Exavior
Thriller
JOHNNY SACHU 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.
Tags: Science Fiction
Age Rating: Older than 17
Posted:
22 KB 1658 152 6.83
40

Kathy and the Banker
Romance
Harrison_0978 While driving home from a funeral, a bank branch manager stops for car troubles, gives blood while waiting for car repairs, and meets a shy, lovely girl probably half his age.
Tags: Romance, True
Age Rating: Older than 17
Posted:
14 KB 1603 188 6.81
41

A Plea for Rescue normist This little contribution was suggested by an email received from my Editor, TeNderLoin No idea is truly original. This tale owes a debt to one I read in the nineteen forties; only that was about a an earlier tale of an atomic bomb!
Tags: Diary
Age Rating: Older than 7
Posted: / (Review)
8 KB 1697 127 6.81
42

A Fowl Affair
Politics
Lazlo Zalezac 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.
Tags: Drama, Politics
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
21 KB 1331 142 6.80
43

Paint It Black
Drama
Jake Rivers 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.
Tags: Romance, Drama
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
30 KB 1977 211 6.79
44

Mary
Supernatural
Tedbiker An older, bereaved man finds a new love.
Tags: Romance, Supernatural
Age Rating: Older than 7
Posted:
8 KB 1093 140 6.75
45

I Wanna Learn a Love Song
Romance
Mendon Fishers A sad tale of two people who fall in love.
Tags: Romance
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
16 KB 953 106 6.74
46

Matter of Taste
Romance
TC Allen 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...
Tags: Romance, Drama
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
23 KB 2451 356 6.73
47

On the Trail of Justice
Science Fiction
Shakes Peer2B 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.
Tags: Western, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
46 KB 4627 613 6.72
48

03-03 Raptor Games
Action/Adventure
Ernest Edwards A Clan Amir Story
A young genius and legal adult has joined the military, and in December 2003 is now assigned as a temporary tank commander - despite being too short to drive it or operate the machine gun. Another tank commander takes exception to his youth, and learns age and experience doesn't equal smarts.
Tags: Drama, Military, Workplace, Young Adult, Vignettes
Age Rating: Anybody
Posted:
30 KB 3944 415 6.72
49

In His Arms Instead
Flash
woodmanone A man loses his wife and then loses the love of his life.
Tags: Drama
Age Rating: Older than 13
Posted:
9 KB 2043 241 6.70
50

We've Got Tonight
Romance
woodmanone They had history. He was alone and she made him an offer.
Tags: Romance, Drama
Age Rating: Older than 17
Posted:
22 KB 1905 200 6.66
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