Fiction - Year VI - Number 47 - April 2021

    MAGUS ON THE FIRE ESCAPE by Stephen Haines

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    Magus on the Fire Escape Wren stared from the fire escape outside her studio apartment, watching the people stroll in and out of the bookstore below. She lit a...

    NECESSARY by Allyson Batis

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    Necessaryby Allyson Batis The Orphaned Hero’s parents are mentioned, when they are mentioned, as the foundationof The Orphaned Hero’s story. Theirs is an established, expected, dreadful tale. The OrphanedHero’s...

    AUNT MINNIE’S CABOOSE by Gene Goldfarb

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                                                           Aunt Minnie’s Caboose     “From Basement to Betterment” is no more. Our author and good friend, Dominick Capodieci, has now moved on. I don’t mean he’s passed away....

    THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE by Nate Noorlander

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    The Way Things Used to Be We got married fast. It was surprising to me. There we were, a married couple, dressing and undressing in front of each other,...

    DISTANCE OF DEATH by Lauren Rollins

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    Distance of Death             The world looks a little different when you’re dead. Colors are faded, and it seems like everything is a tiny bit lagged. Temperature and wind...

    WHEN WE FOUND THE DEAD HIKER by Carl Shipley

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    When We Found the Dead Hiker By Carl Shipley Slight disorder in the sword ferns beside the trail rumored a possible way to the river, perhaps...

    COLDER THAN I SHOULD BE by Jessica McGlyn

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    Colder than I Should Be By Jessica McGlyn “I’m here for the ‘essentials services’,” the woman air quoted, winking as she approached the new receptionist of...

    CARDBOARD ISLANDS by Michael Overa

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    Cardboard Islands Michael Overa             There is an archipelago inside the house on Fourth and Drapier.             Seven large folding tables comprise the...

    MR. GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL by Frederick G. Yeager

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    MR. GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL With five trash bags in my right hand and whistling “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” I walked toward the six-foot-high, ten-foot-long wall my...

    THE MOANING LISA by Nelson Samuels

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    Second-grader John’s unsophisticated interpretation of a turkey was the featured creative display. Framed and loosely taped to the hall wall, it functioned as the morning’s primary welcoming committee of each student that...