Annie

A Short Short Story

by Katie Knoll
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Sharp and hazy simultaneously. Very lovely.

Really a short story; with a single as well as a compact idea it's built. Nice representation.

Now your girlfriend doesn't have to stand among the bridesmaids, pretending to be just your friend. But then again, perhaps the pressure to look like what your mother had hoped is too great . . . it is for Annie. And so we await the snake's return.

This just worked for me, on myriad levels. The prose is modern yet evocative, the narratives familiar yet profound. A wonderful story.

This short short story is a marvelous example of how much a writer can portray in such a small space. I've often thought that short short stories are under-appreciated. Yours is a good representation of the genre and is filled with haunting and mysterious ideas.