SMALL SMOOTH PEBBLE • by Mary E. Lowd

Jenny felt inside her pocket.  There was a small, smooth pebble that she’d been hiding since she was tiny.  A multi-dimensional creature had appeared to her and begged her to keep it safe.  If she dug her fingernail into it…

But she mustn’t.  She mustn’t.  She had to be strong.

See, it was the self-destruct button for the universe.

And…  She knew she shouldn’t use it.

She shouldn’t.

But she dug her fingernail in anyway.

And everything was over.  Forever.


Mary E. Lowd writes stories and collects creatures. She’s had three novels and more than fifty short stories published. Her fiction has won an Ursa Major Award and two Cóyotl Awards. Meanwhile, she’s collected a husband, daughter, son, and bevy of cats and dogs. The stories, creatures, and Mary all live together in a crashed spaceship disguised as a house in Oregon.


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 average 3.3 stars • 3 reader(s) rated this

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  • The story is in the why. But, where?

    Its subject reminds me in some ways of my 544 word “Spark”.

    http://365tomorrows.com/09/04/spark/

  • Paul A. Freeman

    A bit too brief and esoteric for me to fully form an opinion on.

  • Paul A. Freeman

    A bit too brief and esoteric for me to fully form an opinion on.

  • S Conroy

    Quite like it. It set me off thinking of those pretty bad days where, if there was one, a nice simple finish button would be a tempting solution.

  • S Conroy

    Quite like it. It set me off thinking of those pretty bad days where, if there was one, a nice simple finish button would be a tempting solution.

  • MPmcgurty

    Sums up the day I’ve had.

  • MPmcgurty

    Sums up the day I’ve had.

  • monksunkadan

    Liked this and I’m quite certain why. Thanks

  • monksunkadan

    Liked this and I’m quite certain why. Thanks

  • Kelly Castillo

    I think it would mean more if we understood why the character was using the button. Other than that, very thought provoking.

  • InNoUncertainTerms

    I think it would mean more if we understood why the character was using the button. Other than that, very thought provoking.

  • Really not much here to comment on. 1 star I suppose.

  • Really not much here to comment on. 1 star I suppose.