FICTION by PATTY HOUSTON
At first, the pledgers at the chastity cotillion were all chatter and chuckles and “Your tiara’s so gorgeous.”
FICTION by ALISSA NUTTING
And it wasn’t as though he’d arrived with a suitcase.
FICTION by EMILY FRIDLUND
At night, I lie down and think for a long time about how she should find my body.
FICTION by CECILE BARLIER
The four of them are sitting at the first table and turn their heads toward her at once.
FICTION by LYDIA SHIP
There once was a black creature, like a lamb, like a cosmos, Jack-Jack. He couldn’t speak, but carried the soul of a sick boy, keeping watch over it.
FICTION by ANDREW BALES
With Tom I rarely use my hands. They sit on my lap at the restaurant when the check comes, they wait patiently in the living room as he scrubs algae from the fish tank, they push together in prayer when I’m at my weakest.
FICTION by KARIN C. DAVIDSON
What’s round on the ends and high in the middle? Chloe remembers only this. Her first inkling that Ohio even existed.
FICTION by CELESTE POTTIER
“So meanwhile the oil spill is gettin bigger and bigger and now it’s the size of Texas,” Bobby Jo announced as she combed through the coarse thick hair of her elderly client, Maureen Holt.
FICTION by JESSICA FORCIER
A farmer’s wife exploded in a ball of fire in the middle of a cornfield. We were all sure it was a freak accident, something wrong with the gas tank of the nearby tractor.
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