selected by Rachel Wild

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...

Chemo-Brain

It was late May after my junior year of college and the first really hot day of the year, one of those days where your mouth tastes like sweat and the thickness...

Birds of Paradise

It’s the third time this week, or maybe the fourth; Georgette isn’t keeping track but knows it’s happening more often now, her mother’s restlessness swelling ex...

The Countdown

He knew she had found a success, so he broke his sobriety pledge to celebrate with her.He said, “I’m walking down to Ryan & Casey’s. Do you have what yo...

My Days in the Tepee

“Mine was fat,” she says, “I had a fat dad.” She sips the Margarita—extra salt on the rim—that I made her. I’m the substitute bartender. How we got on the subje...