Fiction

Lila Cecil – First Kiss

First Kiss Outside, the wind is whirling past Twelfth Street making the Pin Oaks tremble and the branches of the Norway Maples bow. Scattering those many conduits of seed across the sidewalks. The rain has stopped and the clouds hang in the sky like cobwebs stretched between the streets. William sits on the couch and […]

David Bracke – The Last Can

The Last Can The man parted the bushes and limped out onto the road. A chunky wind of dirt and sand blew across his face, mixing with the faint plume of his breath.  He pulled his scarf up over his mouth and nose and adjusted his goggles.  He looked both ways; the desolation seemed to […]

Dan Morey – Little Skulls

Little Skulls Eight old men are dying behind a curtain in Brendan’s hospital ward.  What they’re dying of I can’t say.  But they’re dying.  You can smell it.  Sometimes I go over and talk to them, but they never say anything back.  I go anyway, because I can’t just sit here and stare at Brendan all day.  It’s too […]

Thom Mahoney – A Four-Letter Word

A Four-Letter Word When Hillary left, Jenn ran through the living room to the window seat where they had read together while rubbing each other’s feet, where they’d sipped tea and dreamed of tomorrows and all the glorious days after that. She kneeled on the brocade cushion and watched as Hillary bounced down the steps […]

H.E. Saunders – The Devious Nap

The Devious Nap I never intend to set about napping; it catches me off guard, seduces me and pulls me away from consciousness before I can scarce protest. It must be a calm day, or a day when I have too much to do, or a day when I am bored, or really any kind […]

Debra Danz – What She Found

What She Found She found a finger swimming in her split pea soup.  It was fraternizing with the carrots and onions, acting as if it owned the crock it swam in.  She insisted that the finger jump out immediately. When it refused, she bit it, only to realize that it was her own – it […]

Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri – Traces

Traces The moon shines through silver-gray clouds.  My sister huddles beside my bed. “It’s all right.” She wipes my tears. “Life offers something unexpected and surprising underneath the rocks.” I smile, staring at the lights across the hillside. She knew Dad would leave. It’s a pity, the way she gets used to these things. First […]

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