H.E. Saunders – The Plus Sign

The Plus Sign She looked at the six shots lined up before her. They stared her down. One, two, three, four, five and six. All vodka. All full to the top and waiting. A lemon-flavored Gatorade stood at the end, the ugly duckling of the bunch.   She had heard that a fetus less than twelve […]

Bryce Taylor – What Henry Middleton Had Meant To Do Before Dying

What Henry Middleton Had Meant To Do Before Dying He had meant to visit Rome, to feed pigeons with fresh Italian bread in the warm shadow of St. Peter’s. Over breakfast he would have swapped stories with fellow pilgrims: a young Parisian filmmaker, perhaps; a one-armed sculptor from the Bahamas; a Canadian bureaucrat who enjoyed […]

George Sparling – Puddle Couple

Puddle Couple She starts for the door. “Wait. How about meeting in the park?” She turns around, looks at the floor, raises her head slowly, and answers: “I’ll meet you at two tomorrow in the park under the big maple tree.” I agree. “We have lots in common.” Clara has no limp. She lied. We […]


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