selected by Rachel Wild

Past Tense

“It’s all history with you,” she said. It was an accusation. “I just wondered if you remembered trying it,” he said. They were driving west on Green away ...

Room

On the verge of this, that, or some other thing, Charlotte draws up short in the dining room, all way forward barred by the image of a knife left out on th...

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...

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...

A Search

Susan’s computer pulls up acronyms. Message-Oriented Middleware. Metal-on-Metal, as in hip surgery. Milk of Magnesia. Made of Money. She puts her finger to her ...

Dorothy Millette Postcard

Dorothy Millette, raised in an orphanage, was the common-law wife of 1930’s MGM Executive Paul Bern. They met as acting students and lived together in the late ...

Breathe With Me

Sylvie erected a totem pole in the corner of the yard. She carved each face with a kitchen paring knife, creating an inartful do-it-yourself monument of North A...

Lake Effect

First thing he saw was the flurry of gulls high on the side of abandoned B Block; then the man with a pole leaning from the unsealed fifth-floor window. Brian b...