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Potted Galaxy is the home of microfiction stories (300 words or less) written by me, Heidi Berthiaume. Stories range from fantasy and science fiction to magical realism and literary. No horror. Possibilities of romance. There are also a few Author Notes if you are interested in a peek behind the brain curtain at my writing…

BLESSING

Only when the pain of his headache caused flashes of light large enough to interfere with his observation time at the telescope did Ansel go to the doctor. He expected a prescription. He received a terminal prognosis: an acorn had been planted in his brain. Based on the growth rate of the roots, Ansel had…

TREASURE

When the islet broke the surface of the ocean, Ines put on her diving regulator and stepped off the back of the boat. She studied the catacomb of undersea caves at the base of the island. Picking an entrance outlined in blue and red tiles, Ines held her breath. As she drifted into the cave,…

ATTRACTION

“Are you sure we’re doing this right?” Flynn asked. His fellow foxes’ expressions ranged from squinty to salivating to somewhat constipated. Felix read from the book he snuck out of the library, “‘To manifest something into reality, visualize it. What does it look like? How does it smell? What does it feel like? Use your…

NEGOTIATION

When first assigned to arbitrate the Felidae Accords, Divine Moderator Sandusky followed Robert’s Rules of Order. None of the deities cooperated and his pay was docked to replace the curtains. He tried various venues and different times of day (and night). He was ignored, scratched, bitten, and his pay was docked to replace the curtains. …

PLAN

As far as celestial punishments go, being trapped in a pyramid for three millennia wasn’t that bad. The comet smashed a golf ball off the tee, launching it at the wall. Bouncing off the angled, brick surface, the ball buried itself in the sandy floor. Uncle Lexell disappeared. Some say he intentionally collided with Jupiter,…