Hard Time

Joe ordered his first kit from a hobby magazine sent to his cell mate. The house was an antebellum plantation with a blue-papered bathroom and white columns. It had staircases and a library full of tiny books with real pages. The house was populated by little doll people, also ordered from the back pages, who would never, ever in their little doll lives rob the doll bank, armed with a tiny doll gun, shoot two of the doll tellers, and be sent to doll prison. It just wouldn’t happen. Not when they had a place like this to call home.


Courtney Watson‘s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Inquisitive Eater, Coastlines, The Key West Citizen, Black Lantern, and more.

4 Responses to “Hard Time”

  1. Nadiine says:

    Reminded me of the doll house that had. What a fantastic twist or something that seemed so sweet and innocent at the time.

  2. Jessica Trudel says:

    A subtle commentary on society hidden within a short, subperb narrative. Spectacularly written. Well done!

  3. Fantastic work! It inspires me, really.

  4. Pam says:

    A superb story that tells so much in so few words–with a moving and telling ending.

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