Torn from the pages of Short Stories & Such: Roses From Ishmael is an award winning flash fiction by Janna Hill. Roses From Ishmael is a short thriller by Janna Hill. The story of a man in love, a grief stricken man; an anguished and tormented soul but tormented by what? Excerpt: Ishmael thought the flowers would be a nice touch. Roses were her favorite, red roses to be exact. These were slightly black around the edges and void of fragrance, but they were roses nonetheless.