Short Stories

The Summer War

By Milton Lyles

I did not as a boy despise the blistering, energy-sapping, wearisome heat of Louisiana’s summers. I now find my refuge in air-conditioned hotels and the upscale cars which haul me to and from them, but as a boy I did not experience such luxury. I took my refuge from the heat in the soft shade of a cool, green wood lot traversed by a lazy bayou.
The imperturbable beauty of that place is a long time gone. Like so many of the.....

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Harry and the Red Head

By Milton Lyles

The sea and sky were equally grey and the wispy strands of rain obliterated any semblance of separation. The only sound was the constant banging of the Pacific Ocean against the rocky shore. The noise level rose and fell on the capricious whim of the wind. Had anyone, by some remote chance, seen the old man walking the rugged....

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Amathis

By Milton Lyles

There are things worse than death.  There is nothing worse than the memory of the love you could have had, the life you could have shared, and the last smile on a lovers face as she drifts below the moon and plunges in silence to the far side of doom.

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Breakfast at Rudy's

By Milton Lyles

Harry Bass on the verge of divorce is traveling to Texas to visit his son when he meets a woman with a compelling story in a road side cafe.  It is a story about virtue sacrificed in search of good and the true value of life'

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