Five Shorts and a Brief

A Short Collection of Short Stories





What do two struggling scuba diving instructors, an aging troll, an overweight cyclist, two elderly sisters, a restless young boy, and a teenager living out the last day of his life have in common? 

They’re all to be found within the pages of Five Shorts and a Brief.


Five Shorts and a Brief is a collection of five select short stories and a work of flash fiction from the author of the Southern Waters Adventure Series, Nate Littlefield. Within this collection, you will find:


“Anniversary Blues”: Set along Florida’s Gulf Coast in the world of the Southern Waters Adventure Series, this short story features Rex and Rose Fisher, first introduced in the novel Endangered Species. “Anniversary Blues” takes us back to the year 1976, as the one-year anniversary of the opening of R and R Divers approaches. While the story draws from the Southern Waters Adventure Series, it also serves as a stand-alone story or as an introduction to the series. (“Anniversary Blues” is also available as a separate eBook for FREE to subscribers of the Southern Waters newsletter. See below for details.)


“The Troll Under the Bridge”: We’re probably all familiar with the Norwegian fairytale of the three goats who crossed a bridge only to encounter a fierce troll. Well, actions have consequences. Now we get to find out the real story! “The Troll Under the Bridge” was originally published in the December 2000 issue of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, the final issue.


“Returns Policy”: You see them cycling down the road in their spandex bike shorts, sweating and suffering, as automobiles offering air-conditioned comfort whiz by. Are they crazy?


“The Death of Arnie Richardson”: Some people can eat just about anything!


“What My Dad Got Me”: A small boy in a smaller rural southern town yearns for something more.


“The Sisters Searcy”: Accept your invitation to enjoy the hospitality of two of the sweetest elderly sisters you’ll ever meet, Janet and Evelyn. “The Sisters Searcy” is a work of flash fiction, originally published in the April 2010 issue of Adventures for the Average Woman, Earth Day Issue.



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Cover design for Five Shorts and a Brief by Nate Littlefield. Cover design for Anniversary Blues by Jennifer Schafer.

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