Fiction

Only in Public

A man died here two weeks ago. He ran into the coffee shop, looking for whatever passed as sanctuary. But his murderer didn’t care about the well-lit space, the...

The Hug

Wheeling Mama into the gym is when it catches me, all the anxiety. When Coach first made the suggestion, I couldn’t be anxious because her idea was sweet. My mo...

The Great Bear

In the far tail of the galaxy spiral, on the third planet in the solar system, there is a strange land called Ohio. Once, large predator animals lived there. Fi...

Salt Water

Meredith’s belly rises, swollen and spherical, from the bubbles. She watches the suds slide away from her navel and waits until something moves beneath her skin...

Americone Dream

I’m about to climb up into the goddamn freezer when a guy in a faded suit jacket leans over and grabs the last tub of Americone Dream from the top shelf. The fr...

Hatch

When she rented an incubator from a local farm, Miss Ling vaguely intended to work the class towards a subtle conversation about the cycle of life and death. Th...

Beasts of Paradise

Mom and Joanie are going on a road trip. This is what Mom announces when she turns on all the lights and whips the covers from Joanie’s bed. “Get moving, bab...

A Song as Old as the World

The bus rattled Kathy through the winter morning streets, determined not to stop unless it had to. Yellow lights burned in apartment block windows, and behind t...

Source

His vow of silence has failed because he rambles on to himself all day long. He tells himself he needs to deal with the source of the noise rather than focus on...