Short stories published in Break It Down: Stories

Listing 34 stories.

A woman considers her possible shortcomings when her boyfriend tells her that he doesn’t like some things about her. After a period of reflection, she acknowledges the futility of self-deprecation.

A man tries to determine the cost of a passionate but brief love affair, and his calculations lead him to a solemn but hopeful realization.

A city employs people to act strangely to order to make others feel normal.

An initially unwanted infestation fosters understanding between a woman and the cockroaches in her house.

As a young Japanese man reflects on significant moments in his life, a stunning musical encounter leads him on the path to self-acceptance.

A paranoid old woman makes a disturbing discovery that intensifies her fears about being the victim of a crime.

A depressed woman searches for a new apartment in her city. As she prepares to move, lethargy threatens to inundate her.

An innocent introductory French course called la Muerte teaches vocabulary, by describing a typical farm until the farmer disappears.

A poet attempts to sleep comfortably at a friend’s house without disturbing his hosts.

As they hide from an enemy in their house, a woman and man argue about the nature of the enemy--whether it is human or weather-related.