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IN PIECES

By KJ Kabza

From a mechanical forest that constructs itself to the streets of Kyoto 8,000 years hence, the sometimes whimsical, sometimes cutting short fiction of KJ Kabza has been dubbed “Delightful” (Locus Online) and “Very clever, indeed” (SFRevu). Collecting all of his work published before May 2011 (plus 5 new stories, notes on the stories, and an interview by Julia Rios), IN PIECES offers glimpses into other worlds—some not unlike your own.

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Other Than This

Published Jul 27, 2019 · 196 words (1 minute) · 2 views

Literary Fiction Science Fiction flash fiction slipstream surreal slice of life

In what universe must you live to be that which you are not?

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You Make Bath Times Much More Fun

Published Jul 11, 2019 · 924 words (4 minutes) · 1 view

Fantasy Horror flash fiction Dragons kidlit childrens

"There’s a dragon living in the bathtub drain. It’s as long as my arm, and purple, and it smells like the old wet rug in the basement. ...I named the dragon Henry."

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The Perfect Find

Published Jul 5, 2019 · 324 words (2 minutes) · 41 views

Literary Fiction Family flash fiction hoarding

With every yard sale, thrift store, and abandoned cluster of junk at the roadside, James' mother is on the hunt, and James and his father can't tell for what. When James' father disappears, James' mother finally locates the perfect find--and it's the greatest tragedy James can imagine.

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The Hornets' Nest

Published Jun 26, 2019 · 1,336 words (5 minutes)

Fantasy fairies happy ending kidlit children’s fiction

Instead of hornets, the hornets' nest in the woods behind Angela's house has a tiny porch, tiny doors, and fairies smaller than bumblebees armed with tiny, stinger-sharp swords. Angela's father refuses to believe her and is planning to destroy the nest. What can Angela do?

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Rowling in the Year 3000

Published Apr 21, 2019 · 1,086 words (4 minutes) · 1 view

Science Fiction clones far-future SF

Long after her death, the estate of J.K. Rowling is a money-making machine, capitalizing on the creative output of dozens of her clones—just as all wealthy literary estates do in the year 3000. But J.K. Rowling clone Melanie refuses to let any other person (or entity) profit from her own creative spark. Can she refuse to write forever? Would giving in be so terrible? Or is there another way?

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Happinex

Published Apr 16, 2019 · 3,744 words (14 minutes) · 2 views

Horror ghosts mental illness campy

Craig is stuck—in a small town, in a crappy fast-food job, and on the night shift. But at least he’s managed to make one work friend, a high school pothead named Tommy who repeats sick rumors and tells eerie ghost stories, and at least his new meds are keeping his hallucinations in check. Until the rustling begins.

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The Greatest Prophecy of All

Published Mar 27, 2019 · 1,869 words (7 minutes) · 1 view

Fantasy Satire Romance Love secondary world fantasy happy ending

At some point in their quest, every hero visits the Cave of the All-Seeing Oracle to hear a prophecy, learn their heroic destiny, and continue on their pre-ordained journey. Nullia, the Oracle’s apprentice, is tired of watching everyone else’s story go by and never getting a chance to live her own. But then the hero Hishmed arrives.

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Jakkit's Ferocious Mount

Published Mar 14, 2019 · 2,010 words (8 minutes)

Fantasy Dragons children happy ending kidlit

Jakkit has an impossible dream of growing up to become a dragon-riding Flamerider Knight, though he’s just a kitchen boy who works in the castle gardens. And Flour, Jakkit’s runty, mutant dragon, is hardly Flamerider material either. But a draco who can’t roar, fly, or breathe fire has to be good for something… and Jakkit needs to figure out what, before the castle gets impatient with Flour’s growing size and appetite and kicks the both of them out.

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February 2019 is Fantasy Erotica month!

Published Feb 23, 2019 · 149 words (1 minute) · 130 views

Three of my fantasy erotica stories are posted this month for subscribers only.

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Switch

Published Feb 23, 2019 · 5,229 words (20 minutes)

Fantasy Angels queer happy ending Christian mythos erotica

The angel Corusc has been sneaking away from Heaven to take a mortal form more often than allowed—and to explore the pleasures of the flesh. The angel Nix is manifesting a physical form on Earth for the first time—and Nix is Corusc’s secret crush. But sexual congress as an angel is often forbidden. Is Nix really worth Falling for? (Warning: erotica.)

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In Case of Apocalypse

Published Feb 23, 2019 · 575 words (3 minutes) · 1 view

Fantasy Horror flash fiction Christian mythos erotica

Her master demands that she live as a horse, and she lives to obey. But she can only earn her master ultimate trust, and learn the secret of his true identity, once she commits past the point of no return. (Warning: erotica.)

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Billions of Stars

Published Feb 6, 2019 · 504 words (2 minutes) · 148 views

Fantasy Strange flash fiction Angels

Dom knows that when you wish upon a falling star, that wish may come true. But nobody ever told him about wishing on falling planets.

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Watch Out, It's Catching

Published Jan 27, 2019 · 331 words (2 minutes) · 2 views

Fantasy Humor Strange flash fiction puns

I’m really into catching faeries. I’ve caught a Cold, a Fever, Your-Meaning (though catching Your-Meaning can be difficult), My-Drift, and many more. But for some reason, people don’t seem to understand my hobby.

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This Girl

Published Jan 19, 2019 · 518 words (2 minutes) · 3 views

Literary Fiction flash fiction relationships slice of life

You’re too nervous to talk to women, but talking is the only way to a connection and eventual intimacy. So when a beautiful woman literally steps in front of you, what do you do?

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Merry Christmas and Lucky Jibblewooch

Published Dec 29, 2018 · 2,624 words (10 minutes) · 3 views

Science Fiction aliens children happy ending kidlit

Lara hates living on the planet Brax. The school and work days are longer, her family can’t make enough money, her Braxan house "ticks like a clock whenever it’s windy outside," and to top it all off, there’s no Christmas on Brax. But when a classmate teaches Lara about the Braxan holiday of Jibblewooch, Lara thinks she sees a way to turn her family’s luck around.

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Hi Jason

Published Dec 13, 2018 · 1,521 words (6 minutes) · 4 views

Humor Literary Fiction gay happy ending office humor

David knows there’s no harm in drafting unsent (but explicit) emails to Jason, his boss and office crush. Until he accidentally prints them out. How can David (“I think about fucking three hours a day. Is this normal?”) salvage their professional relationship?

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Hero

Published Dec 4, 2018 · 642 words (3 minutes) · 172 views

Fantasy flash fiction secondary world fantasy

What makes for a war hero? Sometimes service—or even leadership—is not enough.

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You Don't Know Where That's Been

Published Nov 27, 2018 · 1,285 words (5 minutes) · 3 views

Fantasy Humor portal fantasy children kidlit

Trash heaps at the road side are full of cool treasure, but Drew’s mom doesn’t understand, and she insists that his finds are dangerous junk that’s full of germs. Maybe—as Drew suspects after he brings home a mysterious amulet that makes him itch and break out in dragon scales—she’s right.

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Memories of Happy Childhood

Published Oct 24, 2018 · 886 words (4 minutes) · 2 views

Humor Science Fiction space flash fiction children kidlit

Brad’s father is perfecting a secret mind-control ray on behalf of the government. Too bad it only works from orbit, and Brad’s whole family has been banished to space until Brad’s father can get it to work.

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If Looks Could Kill

Published Oct 15, 2018 · 2,826 words (11 minutes) · 3 views

Fantasy children kidlit

Somebody has been turning the other kids on the playground into stone, and since everyone at Eastville Elementary is fully human except for Marissa, a half-Medusa and a troublemaker, all eyes are on her. But Marissa didn’t do it, and she must catch the real culprit before Principal Mariucci expels her.

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Scales Made Manifest

Published Oct 4, 2018 · 3,981 words (15 minutes) · 239 views

Fantasy portal fantasy death relationships

The Library of All Knowledge has been forgotten, and its Warden is painfully lonely. Yearning for someone to talk to, he violates his oath and leaves the Library to attempt a connection—and in doing so, triggers a multidimensional disaster.

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Solidly Grounded

Published Sep 26, 2018 · 529 words (2 minutes) · 2 views

Humor Literary Fiction flash fiction

One event. Three radically different perspectives.

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Now Open

Published Sep 6, 2018 · 583 words (3 minutes) · 316 views

Fantasy Humor flash fiction happy ending

If you could literally buy time, what would you do with a box full of ten minutes?

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We Have an Objective

Published Aug 22, 2018 · 207 words (1 minute) · 250 views

Literary Fiction Strange surreal experimental absurd

On April 7, 2003, we took the Slip’n Slide into Baghdad. My buddies behind me whooped and screamed and crashed into each other, the hot sun and cold water in roiling chaos over their bodies, but they didn’t care. As long as they got wet.

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One-Sided

Published Aug 1, 2018 · 294 words (2 minutes) · 257 views

Science Fiction flash fiction experimental identity

Transporter beams aren’t just for transport. Since you’re going to be reassembled on the other end, why not get reassembled into a different, better person?

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One Year Later

Published Jul 21, 2018 · 673 words (3 minutes) · 301 views

Science Fiction flash fiction death coping

“I know all about it,” said the voice of Margie. “They scan your brain, take your memories of your spouse, and make a program you can talk to—just once, one year later—to say goodbye. For closure.” But when Terry finally talks to Margie’s ghost, is closure what he really feels? And if not, what does it mean to hang up?

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Super Hero, Uncensored

Published Jun 22, 2018 · 2,889 words (11 minutes) · 377 views

Fantasy Humor Satire superhero fiction capes and tights diary

Everybody loves the ideal of a super hero: a strong, brave, perky, fresh-faced former Boy Scout willing to generously lend a chipper yet manly hand against all forces of evil. Too bad Justice isn’t remotely that.

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Forever in Heaven

Published May 29, 2018 · 90 words (1 minute) · 272 views

Horror flash fiction death body horror hell

When you die, you go to Heaven… and so does every cell that has ever been a part of your body.

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Boulder No. III

Published May 9, 2018 · 4,101 words (15 minutes) · 316 views

Fantasy dark fantasy eerie Greek myth

Sisyphus has long since given up on the impossible task of rolling a boulder to the top of a hill in his private, personally-tailored hell, content to stay trapped there forever without giving the gods the satisfaction of seeing him struggle in futility. But one day, another woman appears in his hell who is assigned the same boulder-rolling punishment—and she claims that she’s found a way to complete the task.

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Epiphany Sale

Published May 3, 2018 · 180 words (1 minute) · 318 views

Humor Literary Fiction flash fiction

Would you buy an epiphany from a kid who claimed to be selling them? How about for the low, low price of one dollar? And what happens when you get what you pay for?

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How the Snake Got the Fork in His Tongue

Published Apr 25, 2018 · 982 words (4 minutes) · 325 views

Fantasy Satire Christian mythos Just So stories

Humankind has been exiled from the Garden of Eden, but its resident animals are still there, passing the time by telling stories. And Snake is ready to share a story that beats them all.