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4p16.3

I had been watching the same YouTube video on my phone for about an hour when Celeste came and stood facing me. The clip is from The Empire Strikes Back: Luke i...

Snap Bam Boom

Our evening news shows went wild how a ten-foot alligator grabbed and ate this dad guy down in Mississippi. Not south Mississippi either, where I figured gator ...

Tatau

When I was eighteen, and she was sixteen, I took my sister with me to get what would be my first tattoo—her name.I hadn’t known to research tattoo artists; ...

The Arrangement

Mum pads into our room when she’s finished her set on the piano, very late. I wake and watch her undress. She pulls the covers over her and looks across the roo...

The James Bonds

When they are not on duty, the James Bonds live at 125 Wellington Square. From the outside, it is nothing more than an unobtrusive gray metal door set in a worn...

Wax

She bought a Colt .45 and hid it in a carved wooden box under her bed.There had been times, earlier in her life, when she’d looked forward to the night, the...

The Worm Eater

“Whose birthday is this?” Lara asked, as Essie turned the wheel to back into a parallel parking space on the narrow residential street. A passing postal truck h...

Follicles

Anthony wants to keep it classic. Traditional elm wood or, in a pinch, a chip board veneer. It looks just like the real thing. But Lewis wants Ho Chi Minh fanfa...

Persimmon

The first time she speaks to you, you are on the toilet. You are both at a party, and she is waiting for a polite time to go home. Underneath the stall, you see...

What They Know

Checking her face in the mirror, she feels him move behind her, his attention absorbing the space between them. “What?” she says. He doesn’t answer, turns to ...