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Elizabeth Gallenberg

Joined April 2010.

57 stories, 3 challenges, 124 comments, and 2 friends

I love critiques, the more pointed the better. I’m so grateful when people give their time and expertise to identify exactly what isn’t working in my writing.

I joined Ficly with one rule: if I have the idea, I have to write it. Period.

I live in the Midwest and I like pop culture, flash fiction, Taco John’s, and cats. I like cats a lot.

Stories

  1. One Seventy Nine

    These few words could be the last we ever speak. You’ll want to find a cop’s uniform. Try the park or the stadium, anywhere that the fighting got bad. Carry it with you, but hidden down deep. Pack fast and pack light. You’re going to ...

  2. Containing In It All Sweetness

    He hadn’t ventured into her garden since the funeral. Now, stepping off the screen porch, he realized how much it had changed. The familiar warm smell of honeysuckle and squash blossoms had gone spoiled, mixing with the scent of dead leaves, and ...

  3. The Gravity of What Has Gone (14)

    Naomi rescued me. “Did you owe someone money?” “No!” Mr. Hansen snarled. “Fine. Go ahead. Help these kid-snatching extortionists so you don’t have to talk about your gambling or your drugs or your hookers or whatever...

  4. The Gravity of What Has Gone (13)

    The Hansens refused my increasingly frantic meeting requests until Naomi got on the phone. “His child is missing,” she said, as I paced and tried to remember that neither punching the wall nor slashing the ugly hotel-decor painting of a whe...

  5. A Loaf of Bread and Thou

    Dating a goddess is nothing like how you think it would be. And Robert even figured that’s how it would be. He still got it wrong. “Look at that crap,” she says, pointing at the lake. It’s a beautiful day; the colors of the sky ...

  6. Lockjaw

    Officer Li patrolled downtown, slick as chocolate, sharp as gasoline, and I rode high on her hip, the best in the new nonlethal technology. The shiners skunked past with respectful side-eye glances. We brought in dozens of collars, chain gangs like pap...

  7. County Road B

    They make it to the field without Hannah getting lost, not even once, and as far as Meg’s concerned that’s a success already. The girls can never decide who has the worse sense of direction, but tonight it’s a moot point. Everything&#...

  8. All Dressed Up to Go Away

    I’d have bet cash money Sarah Pickard wouldn’t be back for the funeral, but there she was, still carrying her suitcase, plopped down in the front pew. It was a nice service, plain, like Ed would have wanted. At the eulogy, Hank laid it bare...

  9. Love Finds a Way

    Even though it’s almost dark, we don’t rush back to camp. I’m so sick of running. Jim slips on a patch slick with February refreeze, and I catch his arm. He smiles warmly. “Useless,” I sneer, to make the light go out in hi...

  10. Where Mortal Thoughts Remain

    Clouds scudded overhead, reflecting pink sunset light, as June-scented breeze filled McGlover Park. Jethro shivered, reminded too much of Faerie. Memories rushed forth: kidnapping, dangerous travel, daring battles, finally facing off at Summer’s ...

  11. And Cinnamon Stars at Night

    There’s a drought of magic in the city of Evedad. And that’s a problem for seventeen-year-old Lajara, because her apprenticeship with a sorcerer and local gang boss is in jeopardy. If she can’t find another way to make herself useful,...

  12. Chopper Babe Gets Up

    rrrrrrr She was burning. rrrrrrrrrr Marisa flapped her hands weakly, trying to put out the flames, and hit only ice-encrusted dirt. How could snow be so hot? rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr She spat out mud and blood and shoved herself shakily to hands and knees. Her ...

  13. Balancing Act

    It wasn’t even worth waking up sober anymore. Life was a balance sheet and she was drowning in red ink. First the corrupted deck mods—that was when they started calling her Typhoid Mary. She was still paying favors to a crooked cop for getting ...

  14. Summer is Only a Season

    “Did you have a nice day?” she asked as Robin came through the front door. “Yes.” He hung up his dour grey trench coat, shook off the dour grey umbrella she’d bought for him. She wouldn’t look at him. “Work sti...

  15. Breaking Up is Hard to Do

    She spreads her hands, palms up, in a gesture of frustration. “Why?” She holds up one slender finger. “Because you’re violent.” She holds up a second. “You’re angry.” Another. “You’re unpredic...

  16. Ta-da

    “It’s nice enough for a hobby,” said her mother, “but you’ll never make a living at it.”

  17. Samsara

    Of course Ava leaves the monastery when the nation’s generals come for her. Staying would mean practicing attachment, something the 18th reincarnation of Avalo cannot do. Also, she is pretty sure they’ll kill the monks if she doesn’t....

  18. Midterm

    There are two problems with Magia 463: Advanced Advanced Advanced Curse Magick. The first is that it’s impossible to say the official course title, which is in Latin, without sounding unbearably snooty, so everyone defaults to English and sounds ...

  19. Objet des Rêves (4)

    I close my eyes as the wallet thuds into my cupped palms. The leather, warm from being inside Chuck’s coat, feels disturbingly like skin. I only have a split second to notice it before that deep, always-humming part of my brain finds the thread s...

  20. Objet des Rêves (3)

    One of the men is still inside his pickup truck, slumped forward against the steering wheel, seatbelt straining against his skinny chest. Congealed blood has splattered everywhere, amazing amounts of it, and it takes me a few seconds to figure out that...

  21. An Average Specimen

    I needed a little extra money, and the doctor was looking for research volunteers. It seemed simple enough. We met in his lab. I answered dozens of questions about my habits, relationships, hopes and fears. He kept mumbling, “Very average …...

  22. Objet des Rêves (2)

    “I won’t say anything to anyone.” “Second. This is a murder scene. Two white males, mid-thirties, drug-dealing scum—dead, and not fresh. It ain’t pretty. Don’t touch anything unless I tell you it’s okay. ...

  23. The Gravity of What Has Gone (12)

    May called me at my hotel room the next morning. “I think I have something.” “Yeah?” I lunged toward the cluttered desk to find a pen and paper. “First I researched known illegal money-lending operations in the area and an...

  24. Objet des Rêves (1)

    It’s a perfect fall morning, a week before Thanksgiving, when Chuck calls me out to look at the crime scene. I can see it on the horizon when I’m a mile out: two decrepit pickup trucks stranded in a stubbly brown pasture, looking small and ...

  25. The Gravity of What Has Gone (11)

    “So what’s next?” Naomi asked over her shoulder as she leaned down to line up her shot. The pool table was in its usual sad state of affairs: just a couple of her solids scattered through a forest of my stripes. “Are you going t...

  26. O Thou That Tellest

    On Christmas Eve, as the ever-present ice storm battered the windows, the men congregated in the bunker’s dining hall. It was surprisingly cozy, the ancient heater cranked up full blast, Handel’s Messiah blaring, LEDs hung in festive string...

  27. Money, Money, Money

    Bang. Trigger finger stops halfway. “You blew up the briefcase!” “Problem solved.”

  28. Make hay while the sun shines

    Jess swerved to the side of the road and slammed on the brakes. “Take inventory.” She climbed out of the Jeep. I called out each item. Rifle with half a clip. Pistol with half a clip. Flare gun and nine red flares. Antique sword. Crowbar. M...

  29. Night falls early in meatspace

    Afterwards, the store owner chuckled, “I’ve had a lot of women do that for a lot of goods, but for spray paint? First time.” He grinned like a lord, shotgun in one hand, scanner in the other. Small time. He wouldn’t last the win...

  30. You are going to die.

    Unless …

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