Stories


Stories on the Go aims to encourage and engage the community in reading. We bring all sorts of literature into daily life and public spaces, offering short reads to those who don’t have much time and may not read often. If you are a published or unpublished author and would like to contribute with a short story we will share it via our platforms and initiatives. Submit any time your flash fiction or short story (up to 2500 words):

      

Includes a Q&A. Any other questions please email us stories@thecommutingbook.org

Stories for Short Story

“What do you intend to do about this disgraceful situation?” Alison Carrington seethed. Mayor Harper stared at the outraged, elderly woman, like a ma ...More

Drama, Fiction
Andrew M. Bell | The commuting Book
Andrew M. Bell

February 24   ●  22 min read

She chewed her biro, and read the evaluation form. “On a scale of one to five, five being highest, how much did you enjoy this activity?” One. ...More

Fiction
Michele Clark McConnochie | The commuting Book
Michele Clark McConnochie

September 22   ●  3 min read

Dear Earth, Before we go, we’d just like to say a few things. When we first arrived, we were born into a world that (so it seemed) you had adapted ...More

Young Writer
Chloe Morrison-Clarke | The commuting Book
Chloe Morrison-Clarke

September 2   ●  2 min read

“Come on, Moon, it’s time to hunt.” Sunrise went first to check if there was any danger. Moon tried to go before Sunrise had said the coast was clear. ...More

Young Writer
Bronnie Homer | The commuting Book
Bronnie Homer

February 24   ●  4 min read

Jerry and his friend, Ross, were playing in Jerry’s sandpit. Charlie appeared. “What are you playing?” Charlie asked Jerry. “Planes.” Jerry held up h ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction
Andrew M. Bell | The commuting Book
Andrew M. Bell

September 21   ●  5 min read

Some relationships are destined to last. Others end in tears, mass destruction or an intractable skin rash. My love affair in the winter of 2002 was do ...More

Biography & Memoir
Nod Ghosh | The commuting Book
Nod Ghosh

July 20   ●  11 min read

The time had come. In the warm darkness of his egg, the flamingo chick moved. Crack! His mother stood up. She fussed about, touching the egg gently with her ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction, Travel & Environment
Andrew M. Bell | The commuting Book
Andrew M. Bell

September 21   ●  14 min read

My garden was always my haven. How could it not be, when I spent half my life in a sulphury darkness? I had a villa, marble and gold, fragranced with th ...More

Young Writer
Molly Laurence | The commuting Book
Molly Laurence

September 2   ●  2 min read

Hazel leaned over, brushing her lips against her sister’s forehead. “Goodbye.” She fumbled with the window, shoving it open, greeted by a gust of ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Young Writer
Emma Warwick | The commuting Book
Emma Warwick

September 7   ●  3 min read

Fox

They didn’t want my name to be conventional. It’s a quick, sharp sound, a sound that belongs with cricket chirps and snapping twigs, brilliant as a fla ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Young Writer
Sarah-Kate Simons | The commuting Book
Sarah-Kate Simons

September 16   ●  3 min read

Pull-my-Finger the Giant only had one joke, probably like your dad or grandad. But he was very fond of it and he told it as often as he could. This was it: “ ...More

Humor & Comedy
Michele Clark McConnochie | The commuting Book
Michele Clark McConnochie

September 20   ●  6 min read

Sitting on the small brick fence outside the night shelter, watching the early morning commuters. Thinking about the dream he had last night. He was in th ...More

Fiction
Karen Clarke | The commuting Book
Karen Clarke

August 12   ●  4 min read

First, find a location. Find a shabby farm that keeps its neighbours at arm’s length. Find a house with a rusted roof, with guttering that dribbles down t ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction
Zoë Meager | The commuting Book
Zoë Meager

September 22   ●  5 min read

One by one he turns the pages of the book. The paper rustles against his dry fingers and I swallow in anticipation. He reads the words and his face cracks in ...More

Psychological Thriller
Marie Muhl | The commuting Book
Marie Muhl

July 20   ●  5 min read

‘How’s Alex?’ Hope said. She and Molly were sitting in a café by the river in early spring drinking tea from the same pot. Molly sighed, looked ou ...More

Fiction
Pip Adam | The commuting Book
Pip Adam

August 1   ●  19 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Jacob Yikes Artwork location, details and photo credit: https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/454   Construction, the thought of ...More

Joy Howard | The commuting Book
Joy Howard

December 31   ●  2 min read

It was a glimpse into Paradise. The sun caught the old town first, its jumble of faded pastels glowing like the gilded ceilings of the Vatican – yellow, pink, ...More

Fiction
Mandy Hager | The commuting Book
Mandy Hager

August 1   ●  22 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Haruko Furukawa Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/775 The sun settled as it ...More

Amor Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Amor Budiyanto

December 3   ●  2 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Jacob Yikes Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/416   The afternoon s ...More

Alice Li | The commuting Book
Alice Li

March 3   ●  2 min read

The sun is lazily rising from the horizon as the harakeke steps in time with the wind. It’s almost as though they are dancing to a song, only they can he ...More

Young Writer
Olivia Kingi | The commuting Book
Olivia Kingi

August 28   ●  2 min read

Eve is busy setting the long thin tables – fork knife fork knife fork knife – and doesn’t see him approach. “Do you want some help?” She thi ...More

Fiction
Rachael King | The commuting Book
Rachael King

September 21   ●  12 min read

Nobody knew who he was. Or where he came from. Only that he lived on the traffic island in the middle of the intersection and had one arm. When he fi ...More

Fiction, Mystery, Young Writer
Lilah Hughes | The commuting Book
Lilah Hughes

September 22   ●  4 min read

The photo shows two dozen red and yellow beetles inside a dog’s mouth. A trail of ladybug-like insects thumbtacked to the roof and wedged behind th ...More

Fiction
Jenna Heller | The commuting Book
Jenna Heller

August 12   ●  2 min read

Leila stood in the doorway, her little legs shaking in her blueberry pjs. “I don’t want to, Daddy,” she whispered. “Come on, sweetheart,” Michael sa ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction, Humor & Comedy
Sarah Pratt | The commuting Book
Sarah Pratt

July 20   ●  4 min read

I ate my brother. I was always fond of him, looked up to him. He was older than me. I measured myself against him. We stood back to back. At first I only came ...More

Fiction
Helen Heath | The commuting Book
Helen Heath

September 20   ●  2 min read

I am lost in countless dizzying turns and endless corridors. A bare light bulb flickers as I pass beneath it. I flinch involuntarily. Ping! The familiar ...More

Fiction, Mystery, Young Writer
Tallulah Raumati Costa | The commuting Book
Tallulah Raumati Costa

September 22   ●  4 min read

Walking across the multi-story car park, her heels clicked and echoed amongst the few silent vehicles. The sound vanished into the dark exit ramps. Her footst ...More

Psychological Thriller
Michele Clark McConnochie | The commuting Book
Michele Clark McConnochie

November 21   ●  5 min read

We rode with the wind at our backs. Cut across Mr Sandbird’s yard even as he yelled at us to get off his property. Gave him the finger and laughed an ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fiction
Jenna Heller | The commuting Book
Jenna Heller

August 12   ●  2 min read

Miraculously the Yellow dagger Somehow appeared on the Table next to the Elevating bottle Really, this was all very strange Yet, started making sense. ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Young Writer
Hannah Share | The commuting Book
Hannah Share

September 16   ●  1 min read

So, there are two people walking up View Street after the five o’clock session. He is walking ahead. She is walking behind. View Street is steep, r ...More

Fiction
Fiona Farrell | The commuting Book
Fiona Farrell

September 9   ●  31 min read

Grayce huddled in the dark of her bedroom. The slithering sound came again, something scraping, knocking. Scrape-knock-knock-slide-slither. Somewhere i ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Young Writer
Sarah-Kate Simons | The commuting Book
Sarah-Kate Simons

September 16   ●  3 min read

Inspiration: “Hide and Seek” by Wongi “Freak” Wilson Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.n ...More

Inspired by Street Art, Young Writer
Hazel Young | The commuting Book
Hazel Young

February 13   ●  1 min read

John paused and turned away from his screen to glance at the steaming cup of coffee. Something felt a little off but he couldn’t place his finger ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction
Steven Moe | The commuting Book
Steven Moe

September 22   ●  18 min read

It’s morning. I know this because the clock says 7.23 and a finger of light is trying to pull back the curtains. My room faces east. So that makes it m ...More

Fiction
Rachael King | The commuting Book
Rachael King

August 1   ●  22 min read

On the first night, Grace dreamed of country music. Traditional troubadours like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson. She woke up with t ...More

Drama, Fiction, Travel & Environment
Jenna Heller | The commuting Book
Jenna Heller

August 12   ●  20 min read

It’s been nearly 70 years since my children left home. That sounds ridiculous but I am 120 years old. When they left, my house felt empty. I began to no ...More

Fiction, Travel & Environment
Kat Miller | The commuting Book
Kat Miller

August 1   ●  12 min read

His fur is silky black, blue eyes wild, teeth glistening white – white like the snow that fell last winter, like the oleander that grows by the ravine. Te ...More

Young Writer
Krissie Bearsley | The commuting Book
Krissie Bearsley

February 24   ●  6 min read

Con walks down the streets of Newtown from Berhampore, past the damp, narrow houses, tipped into the wind, cold rain spitting into his face. There’s the ...More

Drama
Julie Hill | The commuting Book
Julie Hill

August 1   ●  14 min read

Right in the middle of trying to keep the schnitzel from burning and the broccoli from becoming a waterlogged mess and while Lucy fed the goldfish and the gu ...More

Drama, Fiction
Jenna Heller | The commuting Book
Jenna Heller

August 12   ●  6 min read

“And the prize for the bravest pirate goes to …” Greybeard, the oldest of all the pirates, held up a piece of paper and waved it around dramatically. ...More

Fiction
Michele Clark McConnochie | The commuting Book
Michele Clark McConnochie

September 22   ●  5 min read