Fiction

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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"Blue Hair" by Catherine Hall, 12x9, encaustic on canvas

FICTION ISSUE #32

The First Task of Letting Go

By Christine Linn
 
 

I. Corporeality of action. The first task of letting go: righting bodies. If I found you, I would lift your one hundred and forty-two pounds of gangle easily. I would lift those one hundred and forty-two pounds of boy-smell t-shirts…
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"Drowning Jester" by Kim J. Gifford, digital collage

FICTION ISSUE #31

Small

By Erin Seaward-Hiatt
 
 

The first mortuary gig was a rush thing I’d agreed to after my dream job of designing indie album sleeves stopped panning out. “Well, you get to honor families’ last wishes for their loved ones,” people say. “How honorable is that?” Really, designing headstones is just a lot of convincing people not to opt for the Papyrus heading…
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FICTION ISSUE #30

The Italian Dance

By Emily Alice Katz
 
 

Outside the sanatorium library, Evie spies a notice for a theatrical gathering. The announcement is written neatly on thick vanilla card stock. Sunday afternoons from two o’clock to half past three, it says. The words slope across the page from left to right. English letters, not Yiddish. Evie calculates: only four days to wait…
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"Changeling" by Eduardo Ford, 24x30, oil on hardboard

FICTION ISSUE #29

Gaw Gaw

By Loan Le
 
 

On Halloween, the veil between the living and the dead lifts. That’s what Dad tells me every year, as if I need to be reminded, as if I can ever forget. Today is special….
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