What started as microfiction writing exercises has grown into a number of related stories that have decided to be a bridge between the sequel to my first novel, Yours to Keep or Throw Aside, and the novel I’m working on right now, Waylaid on the Road to Nowhere.
Each piece is a brief snippet of a couple characters’ lives. They’re not in chronological order, and none of the pieces are essential to understanding either novel, or even really to understanding the other short stories — although the microfiction stories, as a whole, tell the story of a group of intertwined people:
Reggie, who will feature prominently in the sequel to my first novel
Stella, Reggie’s girlfriend
Curtis, Reggie’s best friend
Rana, Curtis’s sister
Big Ed, Rana’s boyfriend
The Fox, the villain of Waylaid on the Road to Nowhere
I’m not sure where these stories are headed, or what they’ll reveal about everyone. I’d love to hear feedback about what you want to know about the characters and what you think needs to be explicitly revealed instead of just hinted about.
A Starry Night
Reggie’s excuse was that he’d forgotten his phone in his car, but really he just needed to get outside, to get away…
Curtis knew he had a problem but really, who didn’t? His problem, however, was one he could easily remedy with a mix of…
Man of Steel
Ed was holding Rana’s hand when she learned her brother Curtis was dead, and he didn’t let go, it seemed, through the…
Rule Number One
Big Ed lived by a set of rules. Some he’d devised himself, and some had been given or imposed by others, but regardless…
The Right Club
Reggie could barely keep his eyes open by the time he pulled into the hotel’s lot. Stella had been fast asleep in the…
Reggie and Curtis sat on a table in the park’s shelter, watching the sunset wash across the clouds.
A Certain Weakness
When the Fox was a kid, maybe sixth or seventh grade, he’d been assigned an essay on “Your Greatest Weakness.” While…
An Old Family Recipe
Rana was probably fourteen before she saw someone cook on a stove, other than in movies and TV shows. Busy with two…
Note: The prompt for this was to write a story based on the first line on page 99 of the closest book, which happened…
Big Ed had a father, somewhere. Everyone had a father, except maybe Jesus, and Big Ed’s mama, bless her heart, was no…
And of course, make sure to read Waylaid as I post the chapters here on Medium.
E.D. Martin is a writer with a knack for finding new jobs in new places. Born and raised in Illinois, her past incarnations have included bookstore barista in Indiana, college student in southern France, statistician in North Carolina, economic development analyst in North Dakota, and high school teacher in Iowa. She draws on her experiences to tell the stories of those around her, with a generous heaping of “what if” thrown in.
She currently lives in Illinois where she job hops while attending grad school and working on her novels. Read more of her stories at her website.