A simple premise; a bold promise
To present one story per day, every day—providing exceptional authors with exposure and avid readers with first-rate fiction.

“Fire,” a Story

An old man writes a terrible book about his wife.

He publishes it himself and takes it to the bookstore.

The bookstore clerk says it’s a terrible book and insults the old man’s wife.

The old man’s wife gets sick and dies.

The old man burns down the bookstore.

The old man writes another terrible book and takes it to the bookstore in its new location.

He tells the clerk he’s written another book.

The clerk says, “What’s it called?”

“It’s called Fire,” says the old man. “It’s called Fire.”


Cary Tennis is the advice columnist for

Read more stories by Cary Tennis


To comment on this story, visit Fiction365’s Facebook page.