Fiction – Year V – Number 41 – October 2020

    CLOSURE by Laura Dunn

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                Marnie found her way to the seemingly abandoned desk after fussing with her umbrella. Although it had been a short walk from her car it was raining hard enough to soak...

    SENSIBILITY by Malka Daskal

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    Mavis has only been home from the hospital a month when Ethan informs her of his upcoming business trip in three weeks time. Ethan is a futurist; a job title Mavis believes...

    TALL TALES by Drew Ross

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    “Tommy threw Dad’s wallet on the roof.”             These words revealed to my parents they had a liar-liar pants-on-fire rascal for a kid.             This happened...

    THE FURIES by Finnegan Shepard

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    Abigail dreamt that her ex-girlfriend was laying in a field of alpine wildflowers, and that when Abigail reached her--stepping from a flying carpet, holding a juice box—her ex rolled over to offer...

    MY BUG ZAPPER by James Miller

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    In my backyard, there are fruit mice that come out at night, devious, and peel my oranges. In the morning it looks like a herd of suburban moms have come through for...

    THE PRIEST by John Young

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    Much given to the idea of good order and predictability in all aspects of life, Javier, resident police officer in the same small town for many years, viewed with renewed suspicion the...

    THE CONVERSATION by Zach Murphy

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    “How do you want to die?“ “Is that a threat?” “I mean, like. . . If you could choose, which way would you prefer to die?”

    TRIGER WARNING TRIGER WARNING by David Leys

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    “So was Lucy there tonight?” I was driving Finn home from Irish dancing. “No, she says she’s not doing it any more,” he said. “Ever.”

    THE EMERGENT IMMIGRANT by Ivanka Fear

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    “Vince, are you alright?” cried Jure, running toward his brother.       Minutes before, all had been as usual. Every day Vince, Jure, Danica, and Katarina walked the road from...

    VIRAL BIRTHDAY by Mohamed Mahou

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    Tamri village, situated behind the Atlas Mountains, had been under the lockdown for three months and a day. Before the probable announcement of its lifting, the cat stood up; her ears were...