Fiction

Image: "Emerging from Entanglement," by Perrin Duncan, acrylic on board, 8x8in., 2019

FICTION ISSUE #43

What Does a Nine Year-Old Know?

By Carley Gomez

 

“I’m a lesbian,” Tim’s nine-year-old daughter Sammy told him. She had a ponytail and a loose tooth that she flicked over her lip with her tongue as they stood in the aquarium in front of a tank of seahorses…
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Cohen EDITED

FICTION ISSUE #42

Pool

By Stanley Delgado

 

Mom told Wendel it was like swimming in saliva, it was so warm; he would love it—absolutely love the pool. She knew he was on summer vacation, so he couldn’t say no…
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Expired Eclipse

FICTION ISSUE #41

Last Sympathy

By Nathan Alling Long
 
 

SANUS DREAMT a bomb exploded just outside his apartment building. He heard the detonation, then saw the window shatter, the ceiling crumble, and debris scatter across the floor. He lay there naked, feeling the dust settled on his skin…
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Kohrs_Lift

FICTION ISSUE #40

Vernix

By Joe Baumann
 
 

The neonatal nurses couldn’t remove the vernix from Evan’s skin. They tried hot water, scrubbing with their hands through the squeaky latex of their gloves; they soaked washcloths, scratching them against his pink baby body, at first with a delicacy reserved for afternoon tea…
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FICTION ISSUE #39

How It Ends

By Rosanna Staffa
 
 

Stiff chairs, pens scratching. We sat at a large table, budding playwrights in summer clothes and fresh haircuts. The mentor looked tiny and mysterious, with beautiful black hair and delicate skin. I was afraid of her. She was terribly smart and famous…..
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Harakiri

FICTION ISSUE #38

Next of Kin

By Sarah Freligh
 
 

Richard Nixon is dying. The radio in Sophie’s car burps to life with this news, then mysteriously quits. A short in the electrical system, according to her brother Kevin, something tricky and too expensive to bother with in a car this old….
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Save the Bees

FICTION ISSUE #37

Honey Bee

By Casey Lefante
 
 

You lift your scalpel, stare at the speck in front of you. You feel kind of bad for it. One minute, it’s living its life in a sweet little colony, making honey and shit, and the next minute, it’s dropped unceremoniously onto a tin plate for a fifteen-year-old to dissect…
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One Wall Street

FICTION ISSUE #36

Here, There Be Dragons

By Jillian Merrifield
 
 

Dana and I are on this party’s shitlist, I can tell, and I’m pretty sure that it’s mostly about me. The host is the building manager of the high rise that Dana works in downtown, and he was so pissed to see that she’d brought an unsolicited male plus-one…
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"What Isn't The Home of God(dog)?" by Alexandria Heather, 44x30, mixed media

FICTION ISSUE #35

Laura

By Florence Sunnen
 
 

I wake up to the phone ringing, and the sun wedges itself between my lids. I peel my cheek off the notebook page I fell asleep on. The ringing comes from underneath a pile of clothes. The light is deep; it is the afternoon. I dig around for the phone and answer…
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"After the Firebird" by Ekaterina Vasilyeva, photograph

FICTION ISSUE #34

The Lady of the House

By Constance Renfrow
 
 

The noises upstairs woke Marla again. Her phone would read, she knew, 2:08 a.m.—the same as it had every night for a week. She pressed her face deeper into the bed sheet—the pocket of air beneath the covers warm and unmoving, safe…
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