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Songbird, fiction by Tiffany Buck

Sarah June 1st. My favorite time of the year. The flow­ers are in bloom and it seems that all is right with the world. I’m walk­ing to church with a song in my heart only it’s not Sun­day, that’s tomor­row. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Lady Smith, fiction by Jim Wilsky

The third day on the run, they ditched a stolen pick­up truck in the sprawl­ing park­ing lot and then wait­ed out­side the doors of Nordstrom’s. Less than an hour lat­er, they were turn­ing out of Spring­town Mall in a black … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Joy Ride, fiction by Nick Kolakowski

  The year Max­ine turned four­teen she found her true call­ing, at the cost of two lives. Max­ine spent her child­hood morn­ings at the front win­dow of the crum­bling farm­house where she lived with her broth­er Brad and moth­er Joan … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Faber #2, Graphite

Some­times hus­bands take it well. This one cor­nered Mason at the road­house, drove a pen­cil up his ear canal. Reg­is­tered dis­ap­point­ment when it hit bone, stopped. Mason dropped like an abba­toir steer, his newest girl­friend shout­ing, “Mur­der­er!” Qui­eter hus­bands drink … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Snaked, fiction by Morgan Boyd

We were gath­er­ing wood at an undis­closed loca­tion deep in the moun­tains when I heard a rat­tling in the pile. I dropped the wood in my arms, and drew my gun. “Don’t shoot,” Mur­ray said. “I’m not get­ting bit way … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Cool Air, fiction by James Owens

orig­i­nal­ly appeared in Kestrel   The dog barked again. Ray lift­ed him­self out of bed for a glass of water too warm from the tap in the bath­room, like drink­ing blood or drink­ing the night air that heat and humid­i­ty … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Thicker than Water, fiction by Neva Bryan

You are a beau­ti­ful tragedy. My griev­ous angel. Here, hold my eye.” My broth­er popped his pros­thet­ic eye out of its sock­et and hand­ed it to me. I heard a girl in the crowd say, “Eww.” I curled my hand … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Truckload of Trouble, fiction by Tom Leins

I hear the rat­tle of the tow-truck’s rust­ed chain before I see it roll down the rut­ted track and into view. The last time I saw the Mul­li­gan broth­ers they hung a guy known as Blood Bub­ble from a hook … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Scarecrow, fiction by Hilary Leftwich

Scare­crow Dol­ly fakes her death by star­va­tion while the oth­ers at the table take sec­onds from the bowl of mashed pota­toes and slices of meat­loaf. Mama announces there’s no pie for dessert, just but­ter cook­ies. She has lit­tle tol­er­ance left … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Law of the Whippoorwill, fiction by Cecile Dixon

In the dim, neon truck stop light, I stud­ied Gerald’s face. His jaw was clenched tight as he said, "Pharyl, these things are com­pli­cat­ed. It's not like work­ing at fuck­ing McDonald’s,” Ger­ald rolled the words off his tongue giv­ing sound … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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