Flash Fiction: Extraction


by Rebecca Roland

extraction-300Rebecca is the author of Shards of History and The King of Ash and Bones, and Other Stories. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Nature, Stupefying Stories, Plasma Frequency, and Every Day Fiction, and she is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. You can find out more about her and her work at rebeccaroland.net.


Gwen hated this part of the job, getting a memory extraction from fresh witnesses.

The woman sat on the other side of the table, inside the tent the Chicago P.D. had hastily erected near the shooting in the park. She was silent, stunned, covered in blood splatter. Voices rose and fell outside the tent. A cup of coffee sat untouched in front of her, its smell only somewhat covering the tang of blood, the sour stench of terror. Gwen glanced at the paperwork, then back to the woman. Meghan Johnson. Young. Pretty. Meghan’s hands curled around the cup. She wore a plain wedding band.

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