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Fiction

Alone

Earth The radio waves ran fingers curiously along the struts that thrust skyward for them, caressed the wires that guided them in, kissed the gentle curves that reached up...

Thursday

        Impeccable, she exclaims. It’s all orange, with beautifully arched streaks across, each with its own contour and angle. I must say it is not so much impeccable but...

Three minutes

Three young minutes walked along the shore. They moved at a bovine pace, their toes slurping up and spit­ting out dark blue sand, their curly red hair soaking in...

Before the tomato season

She blinked once, twice. Bent rectangles of light stretched across the ceiling. Once, twice. With hands splayed on sheets, she inhaled deeply, listening to the sound of her own...

The couriers

The scene is, ostensibly: three and elegance (the train car, accompanied by his cufflinks, the rose in her hair, and—maybe—my long fingers). Its meaning is: two (her, him), my...

Monogrammed

When Ben showed up in the store he was standing by a pile of table-runners. He didn’t look like he should be there, partly because he is a man...

Gilchrist

When Mason heard the news, he imagined Evelyn arced in the sky like a little pink moon. It was a still frame picture. He never flashed forward to the...

Lua

“Lua” says my father when Lua is on the picnic table. He picked her up and put her there and she’s barefoot on the wooden slats and he’s holding...

Farmhouse

JIM has a pile of scratch off coupons on the table. He scratches away at one, scoffs, discards it. Starts on the next one. WESLEY walks in and addresses...

Karma

At fourteen, I was the taciturn girl who sat at the front of the classroom and spoke only when she had the answers to questions, which was—admittedly—all the time,...

Halves

Alexa, years later, is making an art of chopping tomatoes and I am watching her. She pierces the flesh in a smooth circle and pries apart two halves. It...

Flesh

Henrietta first noticed the box that arrived on the Purdys’ front porch each Wednesday morning because the Purdys were suspicious people, ones that required watching. Most of her other...

The Real Jack Smith

Jack Smith learned he was a cheater when he read it on his Google alerts. “JACK SMITH: CHEATER,” it read. It was the first Jack Smith had heard of...