Thursday, January 25, 2024

“Forgetting on Draft” • by Elis Montgomery

I say I’m drinking to forget. The barkeep fills my glass, and I sip.

Her name. Her face. My mind’s a wound, everything bleeding out—

Suddenly I’m pain free.

I’m also… hollowed.

I see my half-empty glass. The amber liquid of forgetting… something.

“I… think I made a mistake.”

The barkeep nods, pulls from a different barrel. “Don’t worry. We’ve got remembering on draft, too.”

He serves me a second potion. As I drink, I notice a stranger now sitting at the bar, staring at the barrels, unsure.

Not a stranger.

“Hi, Molly,” I say.

Her tears pool. “Hi, Max.”

Elis Montgomery is a speculative fiction writer from Vancouver, Canada. She is a member of SFWA and Codex. When she’s not writing, she’s usually hanging upside down in an aerial arts class or a murky cave. Find her there or at


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This time the challenge was to write a flash fiction piece playing off key word: draft.

One more story to come!


Anonymous said...

Loved it!