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Fiction – Year VI – Number 44 – January 2021

    THE LOCUSTS HAVE EATEN EVERYTHING by Marissa Glover

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    The Locusts Have Eaten Everything “He didn’t do it.” Mom takes a deep breath. She exhales. “I don’t care what the other student said—my son would never hurt anyone.” I listen. I maintain meaningful eye contact....

    MEETING KAFKA by Andy Martin

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    "Morning, I'm calling about the room you've got advertised." "Sorry, it's already taken." "Okay, thank you." I drew a line through the phone number on my piece of paper. Another one gone. Surely, I wouldn't end...

    BURNT UMBER, BURNT SIENNA by David Obuchowski

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    BURNT UMBER, BURNT SIENNA by David Obuchowski You tell yourself to not be superstitious. You take a deep breath and squeeze your eyes shut and you assure yourself that omens and jinxes aren’t real. But then...

    BAR HARBOR, MAINE by Luke Black

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    Bar Harbor, Maine by Luke Black A radiant heating element hummed over a plane of wet tile as the mothers feigned interest in their children's cannonballs. How many feet had padded across the spearmint-colored tile since...

    THE PRINCESS IN THE TOWER by Cezarija Abartis

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    The Princess in the Tower             The voices layered over each other--women’s voices--but she couldn’t make out the words. Valentine? Mannequin? She pulled out her hairpin, set down her coronet, loosed her hair. It fell...

    THE GIRL BY THE LAKE by Kim Harrison

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    THE GIRL BY THE LAKE  I worked graveyard shifts at the plywood mill and I hated it, but it paid double a server wage.  The forklift driver I worked with, Elton Frank, said “You’re a...

    THE BLIGHTED MADONNA by Lynn Dowless

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                                                                      The Blighted Madonna           There was a lady once, an extremely attractive lady, who appeared as to hold the beauty of the holy cherubs in her warm pleasant face and upon her delicate fragile...

    URIEL FOX AND THE MYSTERY OF THE DYING CHILDREN by John Zurn

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    Uriel Fox and the Mystery of the Dying Children Uriel Fox rambled through the mountain forests and meadows for much of the year, and frequently he’d meet a fellow sojourner along the way. These encounters...

    A LESS PAINFUL END by Vivek Nath Mishra

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    A less painful end By Vivek Nath Mishra It was Ghure's daughter, Anju, who brought in everything Ghure ever desired and gave him some relief from poverty near the end of his life. Ghure’s poverty was...

    PETUNIAS by Diane Unterweger

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    Petunias             “So how’s it going at the not-home-alone house?” Darci asks Linda. They’re arranging some new dahlias on a two-tiered round table just outside the entrance to Bernie’s Hometown Hardware. Every spring Bernie expands...