Story Archive

These stories are written under ‘Esther Ariel’ (my name here) or ‘Hila Katz’ (the name I go by elsewhere). If you’d like to contact me about my writing, you can reach me at writehilakatz (at) or drop a comment here.

Flash Fiction (under 1,000 words)

Inescapable Questions – a class presentation takes a painful turn.

Lewis the Loyal Labrador Retriever – a test of loyalty for a canine YouTube star.

Mary Bennet Starts High School – a character sketch of a modern-day Mary Bennet.

Outage – a woman wakes up from a nap and finds that the power is out.

Short Stories

Chapters in the Life of a House Frog – a frog’s life changes when he gets stuck in a pool filter.

Coughing Through Shostakovich – a violinist’s performance goes so wrong in some ways, but so right in others. Published at Subtle Fiction.

The Disappearing Woman – a college student doesn’t like visiting an elderly lady, but does she have a choice?

Dragonflies – a chance meeting by a pond with many dragonflies.

Good-Bye, Douglas – starts like many other evenings, with the locked door of an older brother’s bedroom.

Graveside Closure – a visit to Portland, Maine might get a ghost off her back.

Human After All – an isolated woman makes a connection for the first time following a horrific injury. Published at Front Porch Review.

Lucia – “If you aren’t a mother, it’s hard to make friends in Lesser Hollows.”

Seven Incarnations of a Spinster – best read it and see what these are. Published at Word Riot.

The Tutor Who Wasn’t the First to Give Up – a high school kid looking to pad his college application by tutoring a middle school kid who’d rather not be there.

An Unexpected Descent – starts with two young brothers, home alone, and the older one gets an idea. Published in Bartleby Snopes.

When Linda Sketched the Dead – begins with a girl taking her sketchbook to a cemetery. Published in Halfway Down the Stairs.

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