Issue #78

Spring 2021

Five Stories

by Marcelo Medone

Until the End

The beautiful and innocent girl, with a heart overflowing with love and a doubt that pierces her, sits in front of the sea, plucking daisies carelessly.

"He loves me, he doesn't love me, he loves me, he doesn't love me ..."

In the end, she fatefully dissolves into the waves.


Ghosts Also Party

My great-grandfather's ghost still celebrates his birthday.

Every year, for his birthday date, before midnight, you can hear laughter, coughs and old music playing. In the morning, we find little crumbs of birthday cake and a lot of blown out candles. I can't even count them, because they're so many.


About the Lack of Synchronization of the Mirrors

That morning, when I looked in the mirror before shaving and showering, I appeared haggard and tired, wearing the same suit I had returned from work the day before.

When I looked again that night, already in my pajamas, I saw myself with a beard, half asleep and naked.

My mirror is definitely running slow.


Waiting for the Moment

I kissed Mom and wished her good night with a smile.

I went to my bedroom and opened the door cautiously. I went in barefoot and on tiptoe. Fortunately, the way was clear.

I climbed onto the bed trying not to make the slightest noise.

I mustered my courage and looked underneath. I sighed in relief. The monster was sleeping soundly.

It was my chance.

I wrapped myself with the blanket, turned off the light and quickly fell asleep.


I'm Afraid of Being

I've been hiding in the basement of my house for days. I stocked up on groceries so I don't have to go out. I covered all the windows, put a "FOR SALE" sign crossed with another "SOLD" sign, and let the grass grow pretty messy. Anyone would say it is an uninhabited house.

In fact, I'm writing down here, trying not to make any noise that might give me away. The endings thieves are looking for me. They are capable of leaving this ingenious and wonderful

Author Bio


Marcelo Medone was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1961. He is a fiction writer, poet and screenwriter. His fiction and poetry have received awards and have been published in magazines and books, both in digital and paper format, individually or in anthologies, in various languages in more than 30 countries all over the world. His first book, Nada Menos Que Juan (Nothing Less Than John), an illustrated story of the fantasy genre, won an international award and was published in 2010 in Spanish and Portuguese. He is a devotee of short stories and flash fiction. His most admired writers are Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Julio Cortázar and Gabriel García Márquez. He currently lives in San Fernando, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Facebook: Marcelo Medone / Instagram: @marcelomedone