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Very Short Stories

Brevity is a virtue. Ernest Hemmingway once wrote a story in just six words ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") and is said to have called it his best work. Here is a collection of very short stories consisting of just six words, inspired by Ernest:

Murder weapon found, reward for owner.

She wants him. He wants pizza.

“I’m schizophrenic (and so am I).”

Two teenagers, one passenger seat. Darwinism.

For sale: lifejacket, worn to death.

Question asked. Negative reply. Ring returned.

Scientist becomes president. Politics are outlawed.

She’s his love; he’s her wallet.

Ex seeing another man. RIP denial.

He loved her. She loved herself.

“She’s stupid.” “But she’s so hot.”

Outmaneuvered, cornered and slain. Chess kills.

Fat. Switched to diet soda. Cancer.

Intentional paper cut equals hemophilia suicide.

World’s second-oldest person gets promoted.

Fetus, age: twenty. Parasite in brother.

Rover fetched. The children ran, terrorized.

Armageddon imminent. Make list. Tick most.

Cry myself a river. Add toaster.

“Cut the red wire?! I’m colorblind!!!”

Following take-off, engine fails. Automatic promotion!

Ate sweets from child-safe bottle. Dead.

1300 found dead in cemetery explosion.

Outmaneuvered, cornered and slain. Chess kills.

Experimental failure. Vegan Zombie. Earth Saved!

Beach: combed. Sun: set. Gin: tonicked.

Roommate’s girlfriend leaves, roommate farts loudly.

Corduroy-wearing ninja is perpetually unemployed.

Narcissist falls for clone. True Love.

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