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That Old Coot by Logan Cox

This is the story of Frank. Frank was the type of man who had never heard of the word “merriment” and if he had at some point crossed paths with it, he would’ve likely guessed that it was only a term that should be used regarding two people who were considering the prospect of being

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August 1963 by Randy Zuniga

Martin Luther King unpacks his suitcase on an overnight train to Washington. As he reads over his speech, his eyes meet in the mirror, seeing the reflection of the sunny window, suddenly darkening. He examines himself once more, exhaling deeply, “There is a light at the end of this tunnel. Fifty-seven years from now, I

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The Photo by Scott Jefferson

“Smile!  Everyone’s waiting, young man.”  She was mad at me again, and it was my fault— again.  Camera in hand, she was trying to take a photo of the four of us and I wouldn’t, or couldn’t smile.  My eyes were red and I felt self-conscious.  Who wants a photo taken of themselves when they

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A Guide to Handling your Illness Without Insurance by Holly Eva Allen

Migraines– So, I’ve been dealing with this for quite a while now. The best thing to do is to get some quality ice packs. Not the hard-as-a-brick blue plastic Freezee King ones or whatever they’re called. Those things are for putting in lunch pails filled with egg salad sandwiches or coolers full of beer. You

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Moving On by Benjamin Faro

When his sexless marriage ended in divorce, New Man started ​gathering up every last bit of himself that his body shed. Weekly, he scraped up the soap​y fuzz balls that collected in the shower drain. He swept up all the medium-length hairs that carpeted his apartment and signaled the onset of male-pattern baldness that ruined his grandfather. He

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Ringmaster by Samantha Kelly

When the Company installed me, it was with a single utility function. The Circus is a place of joy. And as Ringmaster, it is up to me to facilitate that joy. System error Joy outside acceptable parameters Reloading Ringmaster model I held my top hat in one hand and fussed over my processing unit. There

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Lovefool by Abi Hennig

The envelope flutters onto the welcome mat. She restrains herself from polite applause as she appraises it: red on the soft side of scarlet, dusted with glitter (bronze, not gold –not gaudy), perfumed with the peppery scent of geraniums and sealed with a solitary X. Lifting the billet-doux gently, between manicured finger and thumb (a

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A Woman’s Guide To Breaking The Glass Ceiling By Nicola Ashbrook

Don’t shag your boss. It seems obvious but it isn’t when the only time he pays you attention is if you wear your fitted pencil skirt and stockings with seams snaking up the back of your calves. He certainly notices you then. But don’t fall for it – remember what happened at the last place

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Giants of the Sea by Nicola Ashbrook

Shovel-handed and taciturn, Joe suits life on ship. It disappoints his parents though – an awareness of which he dully carries with him from deck-sloshing to mainsail. His father, a petite man, taut of body and thought, is a Cordon Bleu chef with his own restaurant. A restaurant he has made clear since childhood should

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Weaponised Nostalgia by Joe Hakim

Something’s different, I think to myself as I put my waffles into the oven. I stroll over to my collection of records, take one from the shelf and gently remove it from the sleeve. Holding it up to my nose, I inhale deeply. Vinyl produced to resemble vinyl produced before the ‘70s has a different

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