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Fallen Kittie

Some Things Never Change

When Eden was eighteen, her uncle told her countless tales of life in the desert. He lived there for many years. Perfect, he said, because

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death
George Wilcox

A Whisper on the Wind

Ella remembers the touch of the wind. How stupid, she thinks. It’s insignificant, the wind. Ella’s last sensation was its cold breath, howling in the

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Nick Gaudio

The Best Thing I Ever Heard

I’m on South Padre Island, a few weeks after the end of their tourist season. I spend a long night with three witchy old women

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Ian Deed

The Altruist

The sound of hate and vitriol poured through the metal of the van from all corners. Like missiles thrown from the crowd, chants and shouting

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Samantha Lazar

One Percent

“E​veryone meets online these days,” Melanie said. “I know, but this seems way more complicated than using Match or OK Cupid.” Lauren sipped her coffee

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Alternate History
George Wilcox

The Final Voyage

Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid nine miles in diameter crashed into planet Earth. The impact tore deep into the mantle, crushing boulders and solid

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home ownership
Donald J. Bingle

Blind Spot

“I’m standing in the back yard now.” Aaron checked the bars on his cell phone; the signal was strong. “You have to fly out here

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Broken Marriage
George Wilcox

Plug In + Die: A Pixelated Sunrise

Losing Grip on Reality MindSoft is deemed responsible for crippling family life and stunting the growth of interpersonal skills. A NEW DIGITAL CRAZE is sweeping

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Joshua Seagraves

Trying to Be A Hero – Carol #13

 Hi there, My name’s Carol, or the Suburban Savior, if that name ever catches on in the future. I came up with the name randomly,

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Nick Gaudio

It’s Good Work if You Can Get It

The nurse licks her thumb, turns the page in her tabloid. The next headline reads: “Alien LoveChild Discovered on Earth,” so she gives up for

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Alternate History
Donald J. Bingle

Standing Still

“Are you sure you wanna do this, doc?” The patrolman gestured across the lobby at the subject. “He’s got some sort of a device, with

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The Fratton Road

“You want a bag?” “No, thank you–” Adam grabbed the egg & cress sandwich and bottled Frappuccino “–cheers!” “Cheers,” the cashier responded with a broad

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campus
Fallen Kittie

Talk To Me Baby

Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit. Maybe we’ll be laughing about even these things in the future… The slogan should spur Eden to build a

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Wesson Renick

In Death He’s Briefly Kevin

The loud banging outside has become a distraction. A woman in a lab coat spins around in her chair and asks, “Can someone check on

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Joshua Seagraves

Going Home – Carol #1

 Hi there. My name’s Carol, and what you’re reading right now is a message, mainly just so I can vent out any bad feelings I

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Rduane Assink

Revealing Darkness

He awoke in utter darkness. Not a “wow, it’s still dark out” kind of darkness, but the kind of darkness that one can feel. The

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Actress
Fallen Kittie

Carried Away

Zara hates mornings. All the same, she figures she should be grateful for them. It’s impossible to know what you love if you don’t know

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Rduane Assink

Soul Crusher

Carl had left work that morning at the completion of his graveyard shift. Not feeling particularly tired, he worked his way across town and to

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broken
Blessy Solomon

Broken heart

The incident taking place across the road was blurred for my tiny eyes. I could see a couple arguing at the café table. But that

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Bougainvillea

After he had done the thing, he threw the shovel down, spit out his cigarette, and walked away from the mound of dirt. He had

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ambush
Wesson Renick

Your Heroes Disappoint

The main hallway in the downtown precinct is bustling with traffic, everyone moving quick and deliberate. No time for eye contact. Off to the side,

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Class
Fallen Kittie

The Game

Eden hates this class. Captive to the minutiae of cinema studies, she follows the methodic clicks of the lecture. Each slide comes thick and fast.

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Absurd
Matthew Portman

Dating, a Repast

Photo by Jose Losada on Unsplash The bed disturbingly small, I shimmied to the foot and placed my feet down to sit up and watch

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Isolation
George Wilcox

Self-Destruct

 “Look, Zaisha, I loved you for a long time, but I just – I can’t.”  “Can’t what? Can’t look at me anymore?”  “Zai…” “Can’t you

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Maid Corbic

COSMICAL WAR MMMCVI

This futuristic act takes us to some chambers of the world that are still unknown to us, so that we still cannot react to some

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Memories
George Wilcox

The Collector

Time flies. Time lost. Where does the time go? All these are phrases the humans throw around half-heartedly. But the last one, the question, actually has

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Absurd
Matthew Portman

Le Petit

Photo by ÉMILE SÉGUIN on Unsplash or  ‘The Little’ By Matthew Portman April 27th, 2020 I’ve never seen a piece quite like it. Le Petit,

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Gareth Gray

Just Another Day

Everyone ignored Jim. He’d gotten used to it over the years. Years of living on the streets had not been kind. He had faded to

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Broadcast

It gets easier once you accept that nobody is coming to save you. Kind of like how those eight hour shifts at Hudson’s used to

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after life
Zach Taylor

After Life

Death sat across from him, only a white marble table between them. Light perfectly lit the room, or wherever they were, despite the lack of

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Beach
Fallen Kittie

Luscious Lola

Lola has wide hips, legs overshadowed by voluminous thighs; and a heart ribbed within a cage affixed to a column that snakes to her posterior.

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Stafford’s Underworld

M.T. Johnson’s, Stafford’s Underworld, Series Preview. Learn More At www.darkhourdogpublishing.com Albert Stafford’s shoes clattered against the damp pavement as he followed Flutterwing down the dank

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bad day
Wesson Renick

Cash Only

There’s a weird energy in the building. Jenna feels it in her gut; panic and dread churning together to create a fear of not knowing

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An Inquiring Mind

Avi remembered everything. He could see it in his mind’s eye, the rolling lawns of the garden, the weeping willow near the top where he

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flash fiction
Nick Gaudio

Whelp

The hens were slaughtered in the night — never mind it was his father’s fault. The rabbits were brutalized, some of them killed for sport,

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death
George Wilcox

Rogue Pod: Illegal Activity

– Prologue – Lulu Lulu’s constant thrashing made it worse: rough plastic nipped at her black and white body, as if she were in the

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Samantha Lazar

When the Chimes Did Not Ring

I waited, holding my breath at the mail slot. I thought I would hear the crunch of Stefan’s gait up the gravel driveway, my cheek

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adventure
George Wilcox

The Passenger

     It was a drizzly Thursday night in town, and my second or third month driving for the app.   Back then, I would always

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Jesmal Jalal

The unwanted book

I looked at that book on my shelf. Even though I didn’t like it, I admired the book very much. It’s strange, isn’t it? I

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couple drama
Derrick Heisey

Late-Night Reruns

Violent knocking jerked Tim out of his thick, liquor-induced sleep. After a moment, he realized the sound was not part of his pounding headache and

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K. J. Watson

The Transformational Artist

At least the mayor didn’t throw me down the well. Instead, he and his cronies lowered me on a rope. ‘Consider this empty well your

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adventure
Dennis Mombauer

Halls of Silt and Seawater

“That’s exactly what I imagined. Isn’t it great?” Ben and his friends looked down the dunes, over the beach and the rolling waves, crashing against

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Blessy Solomon

Breaking smoke and mirrors

They all were seated in a circle with excitement and also confusion. The round table missed a person. There was a space next to Grace,

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college
Fallen Kittie

The Last Motel

No one likes Eden. She’s always known it. She knows more when she eyes the labourers along the wharf. The breeze carries a lick of

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Indoctrination
George Wilcox

Scholar

A young man slips out into the street, eyes like black jewels in the darkness, and starts to run. Black frost whispers beneath his feet

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death
Zach Taylor

Meliora

Benny sat alone in his car while friends and family filtered into the funeral procession. He probably should have been one of the first to

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Absurd
Matthew Portman

Number One

As told by number two Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash A man stands on a corner of a busy crosswalk in a busy neighborhood

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Matthew Goldberg

My Next Great Endeavor

A few days after my forced retirement, I got a GoLearn visor delivered. With it, I could learn about any subject in fully-realized virtual reality.

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