Courtney T. Ball

Category - Fiction

Jake’s First Trip to Red’s

I was seven years old the first time I got my hair cut at Red’s Barber Shop. Up till that point, my mom had been cutting my hair on the back porch or in the kitchen. She figured there wasn’t much point to spending hard-earned money on a barber when most of the time I did my best to look disheveled anyway. She changed her mind after the second...

Throwing Rocks at Ralph

I walked out the back door of my friend David’s house the other day—we always go in and out the back door; I don’t know why—and his big dog Ralph started barking at me like he always does. I think David says he’s a German Shepper or something like that. All I know is he has a lot of teeth and a scary bark, and if he ever got off his...

Shadow of Hope

I wrote this story a few months ago and recently revised it to enter into a “short, short story” contest. The photo is of my daughter and me, taken several years ago in Keystone, CO, but I used it as a prompt for this experimental piece of fiction. Shadow of Hope Before, my heart was his heart, my thoughts his thoughts. I was his...

Galaxy Nexus

I am beautiful. Sleek, black, intelligent, and—yes, I’ll say it—sexy. Run your fingers along my curves and planes, my smooth, firm, unblemished skin. Watch my face light up, eager to please. Are you bored, hungry, lonely? Just turn me on and watch me perform. I will show you how to get what you need. Touch me. Use me. Let me take you to...

Jake’s Dream

If you’d rather listen than read, click here. My accent may not be very accurate, but it sure is entertaining! Also, the audio version was recorded before I changed the main character’s name to Jake, rather than Abe. Otherwise it’s the same. My name is Jake and I am awanderin’. I cut loose from my home ‘bout near two weeks ago, took my...

Pastor Bucky and the Mardi Grass Scare

Early in his career as Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church, Pastor Bucky was given the task of preparing the ashes for Ash Wednesday, a holy day which marks the beginning of Lent. He accepted the job without knowing much about how to carry it out. All he knew was that the ashes were made of palm fronds from last year’s Palm Sunday...

Pastor Bucky and the Stinkers

Concept artwork for their first album, “Ode to Odor” Not long ago, Pastor Bucky was asked to be on the Youth Services Advisory Board for his county’s Department of Public Health. In his first meeting, the topic of discussion was the importance of teaching good hygiene to young kids. It was a pretty dull conversation at first, but then Molly...