Short stories tagged with Reality

Listing 13 stories.

A nameless person tells a story of when they had an intimate conversation over dinner with a former schoolmate whom they idealized.

The night watchman at the wax museum is a simple man, and he loves his job, especially the wax figure of Napoleon, whom he considers a special friend. Though a bachelor, he is a romantic, and gets caught up in the affairs of a young couple who use the wax museum as their meeting place.

After kicking her husband out and changing the locks, a mother imagines he is still living with her, distant and uninterested in sex. Lying in bed, she conjures up old memories and imagines new ones, grappling with questions of selfhood, identity, womanhood, and motherhood. One night, her real husband returns, and she lets him back in.

A young couple hitchhiking to a commune accept drugs from the trucker driving them. High and hallucinating, they must appease the unpredictable trucker while keeping him at a safe distance.

A 30-year-old lesbian businesswoman goes to a strip club with the other businessmen in hopes of winning a contract, but is surprised by her connection to one of the dancers—despite her hopes of playing it cool. As she ruminates over the connection, an old friend shows up and tells her information that upends everything she thinks she knows about her life.

When his wife becomes pregnant, a doctoral mathematics student watches her slowly pull away from him. He begins to lose touch with reality until a shocking revelation brings him crashing back to Earth.

A young daughter muses about her lovely life on a cow farm, despite encountering some unsettling moments on the farm grounds.

When a mother of three children visits her home country of South Africa for Christmas, her depression at how her life has failed her renders her neglectful, putting both her eldest child and sister in irreparable danger.

In an unknown town in the far future, a hacker blackmails a civilian by hijacking his virtual immersion software, putting the civilian in doubt of what's real and what's fake.

In a futuristic society in which humans can swap out bodies as they please, a woman's son lies critically injured in a hospital after an accident. As they attend to him, she reflects on the ways society has changed and strained her familial relationships.