Category: Fiction

Summers End by Sian Dear

It was 5.23 when I awoke. The sun streamed into our room through the skylight. It was strong, even at this hour. I had a horrible sense of unease. We had often complained about the position of the skylight ever since we moved into the new house last November. Its eastward angle, right above our

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The Starvation Response By Patrick Christie

My father always took a nap after lunch. He claimed it wasn’t a matter of choice. He simply couldn’t keep his eyes open. I’m convinced that the main reason he set up his own company was to indulge this habit. It was a small publishing house that printed etiquette guides. Miscellanea protocol of a world

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Letting Go By E.H. Jacobs

Tara wasn’t a bad girl. Doin’ bad things don’t make you bad. If she’d been born in another place, into a proper family, she might’ve been an actress, or maybe a hostess at a fancy restaurant, or even an airline stewardess. She was pretty, her skin light and delicate like the lilies growing in front

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Bend Over Boyfriend By Mike McClelland

“You can’t skip your own party,” Roger said as he handily tied his pale pink bowtie. I’d made the mistake of telling him I thought his bowties were cute when we’d first started dating, and I couldn’t very well tell him the truth now that we were married. Still, they suited his personality; classy, a

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A Non-Zero Chance of Pickles By Zoë Wells

Gerald O’Flynn Connoway was not a very complicated man, and certainly not one capable of killing someone. He worked a small job with a small desk at a large insurance company, calculating the likelihood that someone just like him might one day lose a leg in a horrific water-skiing accident off the coast of Bali.

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Deathbed Blowjob By Mark A. Nobles

The geography, climate, and natives of Texas all share a ‘for it or against it’ attitude. There is little if any middle ground in the Lone Star state. If I had a nickel every time I’ve heard my granddaddy, daddy, or an old man at the diner tell me to ‘get off the fence, boy,

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The Murder King by Kate Brewer

May 3, 1999 Springfield Gazette LOCAL GIRL MISSING By John Storham “Springfield, Nebraska – 7-year-old Emily Lamont was reported missing when she failed to return home from school. At 11 p.m. on June 1st, Emily’s 11-year-old sister Leanne called 911 to report her sister missing. She was last seen leaving Lee Elementary at 2 p.m.

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The Return Home by Tim Oke

To me, Julia, sitting in the armchair, gun held in her right hand, propped up by the armrest looked younger than she had in years. She stared at the couple, who sat on the opposite sofa; daylight squeezing through the closed blinds, casting a beam across their ashen faces. “What’s his name?” Julia asked breaking

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A Surefire Solution by J. Ray Paradiso

“I have a surefire solution,” he said. “And, if she doesn’t like it, she’ll tell me in my dreams.” ****************** Born in the fall, between September 23 and October 22, he lived a cRaZy quilt kinda life, which his Libra zodiac traits tried – that’s tried – to harmonize like its symbol, a level beam

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Post No Bills By David Mortimer

All my customers had the same old chat. It was uncanny. All these people, these hundreds of people who didn’t even know each other, and they all said the same little things to me every day. The most common by far was the one about bills. I’d give somebody their letters, and they’d tell me

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