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Flash Fiction: What Makes a Good Brother? By Mark Tulin

First published in Friday Flash Fiction. A hundred-word story. Featured image by Mark Tulin.

What Makes a Good Brother? by Mark Tulin

My sister, Stacy, hangs around with the worst people. It’s as if these miserable souls are drawn to her by some force. And she doesn’t realize how awful. “If they like me, they are okay,” she says.

But as her big brother, I see things differently. I was once like Stacy. My friends were schemers, and I didn’t see it until they led me astray, and I’m still paying for the mistake. I wish a friend had told me they were terrible people. Someone who wouldn’t stop telling me until I heard it. That’s what I’m doing for my sister.

I am an author, poet, humorist, and short story writer from Palm Springs, California. I write about various topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia to my years as a family therapist and finally to my soul-searching in California. These are poetic narratives that may have humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

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