Canary (a short story)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Willie had a nice job at the bookstore, until he's called in to tell on a co-worker who's been stealing. Willie can’t stand the punk-kid who’s been doing so, but he refuses to give a name and as a result, loses his job. CANARY is a story about how something so minor and trivial that happened when you were little can ultimately change the way you carry on in your adult life.

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About Michael Crane

Michael Crane is an indie author and short story writer. Switching between slice-of-life fiction and horror stories, he is the author of In Decline (stories), Giggles (a novella), and a number of drabble collections (Lessons and Other Morbid Drabbles, Lessons II: Another Morbid Drabble Collection, Lessons III: Demonic Dolls and Other Morbid Drabbles, Lessons IV: The Dead Carnival and Other Morbid Drabbles, Lessons V: The Terrible Town and Other Morbid Drabbles). He currently lives in Illinois with his wife.

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Review by: Dave Conifer on Oct. 13, 2010 :
Nice story that resonated with me, as it probably will with many readers. This writer has a gift for dialogue -- it was tight and edgy and best of all, believable. I'll definitely check me out more Michael Crane...
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Review by: Kate Kindle on Aug. 22, 2010 :
Good story. Answered my question as to why people aren't more socially active in reporting accidents, assaults, burglaries etc. Must be they were ostracized by their peers when they were younger. Yeah, now I understand. Hope he moves to a better neighborhood where people don't want thieves on the job!
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Review by: Lili Koi on Aug. 22, 2010 :
A simple story of simple people facing a moral dilemma in their everyday lives. Well told!
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Review by: Nanette Littlestone on Aug. 22, 2010 :
Yes you CAN learn all you need to know about life in kindergarten, or elementary school, as is the case in this story. In many stories the reader is simply an observer, but Michael Crane draws us into Willie's world. I felt his love of books, the chill of the street, the sweet taste of beer (and I hate the taste of beer). A nice take on ethics and feelings. Well done! I look forward to reading more works.
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Review by: Ernest Winchester on Aug. 22, 2010 :
Well written but a little weak on motivation.
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Review by: Kipp Poe Speicher on Aug. 22, 2010 :
Another great short story from Michael Crane, very well told short story. His characters never take you down the same worn out path you expect, his stories have a ring of good morels even if the outcome is not favorable.
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