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Top 50 Classic Short Stories

 

1 Mother's Day

by dualwriter

A short story that remembers Mothers

Age Rating: Anybody
Tags: Tear Jerker
Downloads: 797| Votes: 102 | Score: 9.42
Size: 8KB | Posted:

2 Always a Marine

by 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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Politics, Violence, War, Military, Vignettes
Downloads: 6007| Votes: 855 | Score: 9.41
Size: 34KB | Posted:

3 Plea for an American Hero

by Misguided Child

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: 1408| Votes: 132 | Score: 9.13
Size: 4KB | Posted:

4 A Tribute, on This Holiday

by Lance Manne

An old warrior is honored for his sacrifice.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: True
Tags: Military, Aging
Downloads: 1037| Votes: 117 | Score: 9.02
Size: 3KB | Posted:

5 The Magic of an Old Veteran's Dream

by 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?

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: True
Tags: Historical, Military, Aging
Downloads: 1393| Votes: 132 | Score: 8.97
Size: 12KB | Posted:

6 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: 3004| Votes: 377 | Score: 8.92
Size: 35KB | Posted:

7 Coming Home

by 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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama, Politics, Military, Workplace, Vignettes
Downloads: 3718| Votes: 436 | Score: 8.89
Size: 11KB | Posted:

8 Fun Run

by 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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: General
Tags: Sports, Young Adult, Vignettes
Downloads: 3545| Votes: 404 | Score: 8.84
Size: 8KB | Posted:

9 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: 1964| Votes: 217 | Score: 8.61
Size: 49KB | Posted:

10 Coincidence

by 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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 5861| Votes: 478 | Score: 8.45
Size: 12KB | Posted:

11 I Lived a Life

by Trabant The Lion

Jeff is 82 years old. He has lived a life so complete, that on the day his wife dies, he feels no need to continue it.
Premier members only

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Biography
Tags: Coming of Age, Romance, Drama, Violence, Tear Jerker, Aging
Downloads: 960| Votes: 103 | Score: 8.36
Size: 19KB | Posted:

12 El Paso City

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama, Historical, Western
Downloads: 1854| Votes: 193 | Score: 8.33
Size: 44KB | Posted:

13 'twas the Day Before Easter

by Lance C

Terrorists attack the Mall of America.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama, Violence
Downloads: 1275| Votes: 117 | Score: 8.26
Size: 14KB | Posted:

14 Sarah

by 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.
Premier members only

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Spiritual
Downloads: 2076| Votes: 254 | Score: 8.21
Size: 11KB | Posted:

15 Remington .44

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Western
Tags: Drama, Historical, Western
Downloads: 5330| Votes: 471 | Score: 8.20
Size: 46KB | Posted:

16 Venice in August

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 2561| Votes: 252 | Score: 8.13
Size: 38KB | Posted:

17 A Christmas in Peril

by 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?

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Drama
Tags: Christmas
Downloads: 2266| Votes: 179 | Score: 8.11
Size: 26KB | Posted:

18 Last Rites

by TC Allen

Tis is a quick look at the last days of a proud man felled by a stroke.
Premier members only

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: True
Tags: True
Downloads: 758| Votes: 104 | Score: 8.10
Size: 6KB | Posted:

19 Best Served Cold

by 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.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Western, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic
Downloads: 7389| Votes: 820 | Score: 8.03
Size: 29KB | Posted:

20 The Hanging Judge

by woodmanone

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: 2684| Votes: 291 | Score: 8.02
Size: 35KB | Posted:

21 Five Ultra Short Stories

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Comedy
Tags: Humor, Vignettes
Downloads: 1739| Votes: 123 | Score: 8.02
Size: 2KB | Posted:

22 Hey, Joe!

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama, War
Downloads: 2225| Votes: 275 | Score: 8.01
Size: 43KB | Posted:

23 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: 2261| Votes: 163 | Score: 8.01
Size: 45KB | Posted: Concluded:

24 I Will Visit Her Grave Someday

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 1963| Votes: 137 | Score: 7.98
Size: 34KB | Posted:

25 Unexpected Adventure

by Celtic Bard

A Dark Wars Tale
Edgar Laetham had enough. He had spent enough time shedding blood and losing friends for Queen and country. A chance encounter with an old friend from Australia while recovering from a wound in Bahrain a year after the First Gulf War sent his life on a different path. How different he would not know until one fateful, rain-soaked day while driving his new charge through the streets of Harrow. After that day, he knew life with Dame Alice Spencer-Killdare would never be the same. Or boring!

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Fantasy
Tags: Crime, Violence, Alternate Universe, Shapeshifters
Downloads: 2177| Votes: 158 | Score: 7.97
Size: 31KB | Posted:

26 Dogfight

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama, War, Christmas
Downloads: 4051| Votes: 424 | Score: 7.96
Size: 42KB | Posted:

27 Funny, How Time Slips Away

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 6010| Votes: 405 | Score: 7.96
Size: 32KB | Posted:

28 A Prayer for Santa

by Jake Rivers

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: 1891| Votes: 163 | Score: 7.94
Size: 39KB | Posted:

29 Hunted or Hunter

by woodmanone

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: 4056| Votes: 323 | Score: 7.93
Size: 44KB | Posted:

30 Last Patrol

by 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".
Premier members only

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Action/Adventure
Tags: Drama, Historical
Downloads: 1688| Votes: 216 | Score: 7.93
Size: 15KB | Posted:

31 J.J. and His Sin (Cyn)

by woodmanone

Meet the girl, love the girl, protect the girl

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama
Downloads: 3972| Votes: 347 | Score: 7.92
Size: 47KB | Posted:

32 One Quantum Leap for Mankind

by Lance C

Two super-smart guys do the impossible.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction
Downloads: 1550| Votes: 120 | Score: 7.91
Size: 32KB | Posted:

33 The Hangman Cometh

by woodmanone

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: 2800| Votes: 304 | Score: 7.89
Size: 24KB | Posted:

34 The Horse

by Oz Ozzie

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

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Kids
Tags: Knights, Witchcraft
Downloads: 1761| Votes: 215 | Score: 7.89
Size: 41KB | Posted:

35 Night Moves

by Carter County

A young man and a young woman share night moves
Premier members only

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance
Downloads: 1856| Votes: 168 | Score: 7.89
Size: 31KB | Posted:

36 Three Times! A Lady?

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Melodrama
Downloads: 6210| Votes: 488 | Score: 7.88
Size: 46KB | Posted:

37 A Home Invasion

by Lance C

Home invaders aren't prepared for the homeowner's response.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Drama
Tags: Drama, Violence
Downloads: 1940| Votes: 140 | Score: 7.84
Size: 22KB | Posted:

38 The Cobbler and the Brownies

by 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!
Premier members only

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Fable
Tags: Humor, Historical
Downloads: 1519| Votes: 177 | Score: 7.82
Size: 42KB | Posted:

39 Kathy and the Banker

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, True
Downloads: 2185| Votes: 213 | Score: 7.81
Size: 14KB | Posted:

40 Mary

by Tedbiker

An older, bereaved man finds a new love.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Supernatural
Tags: Romance, Supernatural
Downloads: 1427| Votes: 157 | Score: 7.79
Size: 8KB | Posted:

41 Teenagers!

by Misguided Child

Grandpa Jones - An Experiment
Another Grandpa Jones Story. God decides to pull the plug on mankind. His angels remind him that he needs to follow the rules before destroying Man. God has to interview a human before he can destroy Man. The selection process is onerous, but they finally settle on Grandpa Jones. Does God know what he's in for?

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Fantasy
Tags: Humor, Fantasy
Downloads: 1391| Votes: 124 | Score: 7.78
Size: 16KB | Posted: Concluded:

42 Memories Are Made of Fish

by Jerome Norris

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: 748| Votes: 106 | Score: 7.78
Size: 7KB | Posted:

43 Give It Away - Reprise

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama
Downloads: 2463| Votes: 130 | Score: 7.77
Size: 43KB | Posted:

44 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: 4675| Votes: 338 | Score: 7.76
Size: 46KB | Posted:

45 Dragon

by 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?

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Mythology
Tags: Dragons
Downloads: 1949| Votes: 173 | Score: 7.74
Size: 38KB | Posted:

46 A Fowl Affair

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Politics
Tags: Drama, Politics
Downloads: 1846| Votes: 163 | Score: 7.74
Size: 21KB | Posted:

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

by Ernest Bywater

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: 2600| Votes: 220 | Score: 7.73
Size: 37KB | Posted:

48 The Death of Love in Morristown

by 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.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Fantasy
Tags: Romance, School, Military, Christmas, Alternate Universe, Fantasy, Magic, Football
Downloads: 4052| Votes: 217 | Score: 7.73
Size: 36KB | Posted: Concluded:

49 Matter of Taste

by 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...
Premier members only

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Romance
Tags: Romance, Drama
Downloads: 2937| Votes: 386 | Score: 7.70
Size: 23KB | Posted:

50 Exavior II

by JOHNNY SACHU

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: 1554| Votes: 136 | Score: 7.70
Size: 27KB | Posted:
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