Short Story

Dick Bentley – Out of Plan

Out of Plan Jane was visiting her therapist for what she thought would be the last time.  Her health insurance provider had determined that Dr. Goodbody was “out of plan,” and Jane’s visits would not be covered. Jane settled down on Dr. Goodbody’s sofa and talked for a while, explaining her circumstances; then she invited […]

Mahesh Nair – A Distance Away

A Distance Away Randy’s wish I’ve rented a motor boat for two hours. I’m in a maroon tee and bermuda shorts, waiting for Jane. The twilight is a tint of orange with threads of red rising from the horizon, which may not last long, unlike her presence that placates my soul. I have known her […]

Gary J. Garrison – Thin

Thin Over the mountains the oil sky was splitting open, the yellow light crawling over the world. I stood sleepless at the end of the dock watching a flock of gulls float over the small swells, their white feathers dissolving in and out of the fog. The rest of the class drifted down the small […]

Amy Clark – The Strip

The Strip People make too much of dissociation—it’s a wonderful coping skill. Time honored, really.  I’m not a multiple, mind you.  It is just that if you need to touch my body, don’t worry; I have some place to go where I can’t be bothered. Let me pause here, while I undress. I’m going to […]

Mariah Montoya – The Green Shirt with the Cat on It

The Green Shirt with the Cat on It Green and purple and blue light streamed into the church through the pictures of lambs and Jesus with children sitting on his lap. The congregation consisted of forty-seven Baptists, eleven Nazarenes, twenty-two Mormons, six Jews, one lone Muslim, seventeen who did not attend church but were nevertheless […]

Cassia Gaden Gilmartin – So Damn Warm

So Damn Warm Under the blankets she shivers like she’s out in the snowstorm, not curled safe in our bed with the lights out. I close the door behind me, but I don’t move to warm her. She’s piled those blankets so high tonight, so high and so heavy. The heat’s turned way up in […]

Jaryck P. Bezak – The Hillside

The Hillside A warm wind blowing in from the west made the exposed hairs of my legs and forearms sway and move. High in the sky the sun’s heat caused me to stir and slowly wake. My eyes opened and carefully focused on some blades of grass as I followed a small ladybug until she […]


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