Fiction - Year IV - Number 20 - January 2019

    BANGKA ISLAND STORY by Michael Paul Hogan

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    BANGKA ISLAND STORYby Michael Paul Hogan for Toti O’Brien There were nine bottles of Bintang beer on the shelf behind the counter of Abdu Rama’s beachfront banana...

    GRUNTIN’ AND DEBATIN’ by Dan Elasky

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    GRUNTIN' AND DEBATIN'by Dan Elasky I was supposed to be attending the National Debate Tournament in Princeton, New Jersey. Instead, I detoured to the annual Worm Grunting Contest in...

    DO US PART by Jack Coey

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    DO US PARTby Jack Coey There was an old woman and a nurse in a room. The old woman sat in a chair holding a cane. There was a...

    WHAT IF by Erin Bank

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    WHAT IFby Erin Bank “Can’t I have your seat?” The young woman fails to notice any pertinent details of the world around her, besides the five large shopping bags...

    THE FEEDING by Tammy Huffman

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    THE FEEDINGby Tammy Huffman His reach fell short.  Just beyond his fingertips.  He wanted the fruit in the highest branches.  Only those apples would do for his seed —...

    HELPING DAD by Sue Brennan

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    HELPING DADby Sue Brennan The holiday wasn’t going well, and finding out that Dad couldn’t swim after we’d jumped off the boat wasn’t the half of it. Mick and Andy had...

    A DUCK ON THE POND by Fred Miller

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    A DUCK ON THE PONDby Fred Miller What, pray tell, could eclipse the satisfaction of a stroll in the park on a summer evening, that is, once the hoi...

    A MOMENT OF CALM by Kobina Wright Limitless

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    A MOMENT OF CALMby Kobina Wright Limitless October 7th.  Bali anchored herself in the leather-like spa chair soaking her feet in hot, robin-blue, soapy water.  The funds that would...

    WHERE THE SPIRALS LEAD by Jenny Hayes

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    WHERE THE SPIRALS LEADby Jenny Hayes We were drinking iced coffee and watching a cheesy talk show with some model whose life had gone from fabulous to tragic and...

    APPROXIMATE by Mark Jacobs

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    APPROXIMATEby Mark Jacobs “So how much does Beth tell you about me?”“You know us, Edna. We talk.”“About my sex life?”“We talk about a lot of things. It’s what keeps...