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  • The Mosquito’s Blood – Allyson Whipple

    After a rainy summer, the mosquito population was thriving. The population was so dense, they formed clouds in the garden at sunset. A young woman was fond of spending the evening in…

  • Hard Coal – Terry Sanville

    Two sisters climb the mine road that disappears into the hills above Cumbola, Pennsylvania. Their breaths smoke in the early light as they struggle through waist-deep snowdrifts. The wind tears at their…

  • Kathmandu – Debora C. Martin

    The baby lay still on the sidewalk, eyes closed, and the woman patted his cheek with force.  She was almost slapping him.  On every other day, the woman sat with the baby,…

  • God In Second Class – Rick Forbess

    The two nuns chatted in Dutch, puffing and tapping ashes into trays built into the seat arms.  The younger favored exhaling through her nostrils, the older from her mouth, slightly tilting her…

  • The Boonbringer – Clay Sparkman

    The problem is, how do you explain it to people? I’ll tell you. What have I got to lose? I think for a hobby. There you go. That’s it! Well, that isn’t…

  • Last Remains – Catherine Moore

    She begins at five in the morning to make the dead man’s doughnuts. This is the only domesticity she can add to these morbid moments; sweet in the face of neglected steel,…

  • A Man Called Rip – Catherine Moore

    There came a point when my father could no longer contain the loss. His nights filled in dreams of the end, and once awoken he’d wander off to share the horror with…

  • Ambulance – Jennifer Jenkins

    Driving down that twisty road, you can’t see around the next corner but there’s a heaving mass of rush-hour traffic in all four lanes. Stopped at a light, there’s a flash in…

  • Copenhagen – Elizabeth Jaeger

    Copenhagen is cold, not exactly the place to go in February if you are itching for a tan or longing for an escape to the seaside. However, if you are frantic to…

  • Hell and High Water – Jamie Grove

    Do you ever think about what people look like when they die?  Not right after they die when they just look like they’re sleeping, but after, when they’ve been in the ground…