Flash Fiction Friday 026: ‘Desire’ and ‘The Birthday Cake’ by AJ Kirby

16 Mar

Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the twenty-sixth piece of flash fiction in this series. This week we have two pieces; a 127-worder entitled ‘Desire’ then ‘The Birthday Cake’ (159 words) by horror, crime, thriller author, interviewee and spotlightee AJ Kirby.

His eyes are glittered with sated desire; his lips parted in the wake of a contented sigh. His head is resting on two large hands which are tucked behind his head. He is a man that is proud of his work, a man who deserves this moment of peace. A slight breeze tickles at the hair on his chest, lulling him into sleep. He is, after everything we might have suspected to the contrary, a lover not a fighter.
Across the great valley of the pillows the woman is in a foetal comma; a single tear traces the monotonous path down her face and onto the sheet. Disappointment is etched across her care-worn features. On her bedside table is the consolation prize; the large bar of chocolate.

The Birthday Cake
Most of the photograph is taken up by the football stadium-sized cake. It relaxes across the table like a fat man unbuckling his belt after a hearty dinner.
The real fat man luxuriates behind the cake. Even his neck is fat. Despite the fact that you can’t see his face properly – it is covered with the angry scribble from a blue biro – you can still make out his grinning buffoon look. There are holes in the picture; just pin-pricks really, or like the holes left by darts. Underneath, the word ‘Before’ is scrawled.
Jerry stares at the picture one more time, hand sweating onto the cold metal handle of the fridge. He knows that there is nothing inside the fridge, but it holds some kind of forbidden-fruit (well, forbidden sugar-fix would be more likely in Jerry’s case) temptation for him. But he’s not eaten anything in two weeks now. He’s so thin that he believes he can float.

I loved these, thank you AJ.

AJ Kirby is the award-winning author of five novels (Paint this town Red, 2012; Perfect World, 2011; Bully, 2009; The Magpie Trap, 2008; When Elephants Walk through the Gorbals, 2007), two novellas (The Black Book, 2011; and Call of the Sea, 2010), one novelette (Bed Peace, 2011) and over forty published short stories. He is also a sportswriter for the Professional Footballers’ Association and a reviewer for The Short Review and The New York Journal of Books. He will return with more flash fiction on 13th April then 25th May. 🙂 You can reach him via: Author website, Goodreads Author Page, Amazon Author Page, New York Journal of Books and Facebook Novel Home Page.

If you’d like to submit your 1,000-word max. stories for consideration for Flash Fiction Friday take a look here.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with crime fiction and non-fiction author Alison Bruce – the three hundred and eleventh of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. And I have a new forum at


Posted by on March 16, 2012 in ebooks, short stories


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7 responses to “Flash Fiction Friday 026: ‘Desire’ and ‘The Birthday Cake’ by AJ Kirby

  1. Yvonne Hertzberger

    March 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Both very hard-hitting. Wonderful what only a few words can convey.

  2. morgenbailey

    March 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Isn’t it. 🙂 I’ll let AJ know that you stopped by, although I know he’s incommunicado for a few days. Thank you, as always, Yvonne. x

  3. andrewkirby92

    March 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the comments. After writing a monster of a last book, it was actually really freeing to be able to write something more taut and controlled. Just back from a wonderful week in Africa and have some ideas for a few more flash pieces…

  4. andrewkirby92

    March 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    PS Thanks for publishing these, Morgen!

  5. morgenbailey

    March 22, 2012 at 7:54 am

    You’re very welcome, Andrew. I look forward to posting the next two. 🙂


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