by Cathy UlrichHer baby will be born fire; her baby will burn. She feels it, feverish during the pregnancy, exhaling smoke from her mouth.
by Gustavo BossertWhen a row of trees started to swish against the car, and denser foliage knocked against the bumper and number plate, she sensed that she had lost her way.
by Jeff BakkensenWe split her up by dropping names into a hat. I got both arms, Paul a leg, Ryan the head, Matt the other leg, and Drew the coveted torso.
by Don FosterWith little time before his kids start fisticuffing one another, before his wife dumps the weekend itinerary on him, Kirby rolls himself out of bed this Saturday to work on his spiritual overhaul.
by Alan SwyerWhen he first came to LA and had not yet established much of a social life, Shulman’s evenings, more often than not, were spent in pursuit of old movies.
by Bob BeachThe first dayshine spilled hurryish over Miz Pennypacker’s tarpaper roof and splashed the front yard like a stream of melty butter.
by Justin CarmickleYolanda had dragged Ian through eight states by the time he was thirteen. After Ian came out her fourth husband’s fists sent Ian fleeing. He’d gone up north to the gay father he’d never known.
by Laura Grace WeldonThe weary face behind her in the bathroom mirror startled Lia. Her mother usually slept in after a late shift at the bowling alley.
The thin edge of the paper slices the tip of my finger, but I continue so that blood paints a hole where an eye might have been.
by Douglas J. OgurekRAI—that’s short for Romanowski Architects, Inc.—had a lot of asses, but the biggest ass was Dorkwimp Buttkisser.
by Tom SheehanHardly with a hop, skip and jump did Frank Parkinson come home from Tobruk, Egypt, North Africa, madness, and World War II in general.
by Mitchell GraboisThis is not a job I ever expected to have, but I couldn’t keep farming, not enough land, machines too old.
by Mary Ann McGuiganMy mother had convinced herself—and us—that the landlord would never go through with it.
by Horacio QuirogaHer honeymoon, when it came, induced in her the seed of dread.