Tag: Love

Entropy by Laysha Ostrow

They met through the second law of thermodynamics. Over time, with increasing entropy, eventually they fell in love. The way people meet if they’re really going to fall in love. That’s how it is in a small town. Joy was at the Merrimaker, a local place, a dive bar so dirty that its profile picture

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Clay By Rachel Sloan

From: k*****@*******.com Sent: Monday, 15 May, 20— 6.38 pm To: m*****@*****.com Subject: vase Dear M, It was such a surprise to bump into you at the fair on Saturday. To be honest, I nearly didn’t go over to your stand, but I overheard you talking to another customer about your process and your favourite glazes,

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Inaccrochable By Sam Szanto

April 2020 Confettied by cherry blossom, I wait for his call. He would laugh at the self-created romantic picture, I think. How I miss that laugh. Every evening for the past month, my lover has rung between six and ten past six. I save my once-permitted daily exercise for this time. He is always finishing

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Dinner with Godot By Sara Marzana

All this time trying to convince himself he had to squash his pride like a piece of bubble wrap and ask her. “Do you want to move in with me?” After four years together, it’s just natural procedure. He could have slipped it into a conversation, mentioned it as a joke, or, better, pointed out

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Daylight Savings Time By David Lohrey

Everybody I knew liked Herb Alpert. It is possible to have had an absolutely awful childhood and yet to have been happy. There were influences. All of the girls in my fifth grade wanted to kiss my classmate because he looked like Paul McCartney. I stole Beatles’ cards to give to a girl. Martin Luther

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A Chicken Dinner By Steven John

Gerald Spokes was Sabrina’s landlord and lived in number three, across the hallway. His father had bought the faded Georgian townhouse after the war and converted the over-large rooms into single-bedroomed flats. Sabrina had never married and couldn’t seem to keep a boyfriend for much longer than a season. They came and went with the

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My Tiny House By Nivedita Barve

When I was twenty-seven, I bought a flat on monthly instalments in the outskirts of Pune city. I was still living with my parents at the time, but I visited my flat whenever I needed to feel calm. The walkway from the gate to my building was long and lined on both sides with innocent

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A Gem By Clare Owen

“But what about love?” said Elspeth from underneath the table. She was riffling through a sack of knitting yarns. “I love that love plays no part,” he replied whilst taking off his linen jacket. He gave it a quick brush down and hung it on the back of the door. “Have you eaten yet?” She

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Tethered by Ross Jeffery

About a year ago, I was at a book launch in Dublin and a card caught my eye as I was leaving. I had my newborn in the pram with me (I figured she wasn’t sleeping anyway, so she might as well come to a book launch). It was coming up to Mother’s Day, and

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When English Teachers Fall in Love By Brandon White

His students argued that he should take the day off. Answering emails at 10 PM on a Saturday was unacceptable. Two students created a PowerPoint and presented it to him and the rest of the class—the theme–It was time for him to find a social life. Middle-age was not scary. They used the Toulmin Model

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