Fiction – Year VII – Number 52 – December 2021

    SPEARMINT SON by Tyrenisha James

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    Spearmint SonChewed outI’ve spent months trying every flavor of gum, in hopes of getting rid of your love that remains inmy mouth. I am finally down to my last flavor, and I...

    BLINK AND YOU MAY FORGET IT by Roy Humlicek-Spindler

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    BLINK AND YOU MAY FORGET IT             For the eighth time in the last hour, Clarisse checked her wrist device to see if she was headed to the right...

    THE CONFINEMENT OF CHOICE by Aisha O’Neil

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    The Confinement of Choice “Authorized personnel!” Our Afghan guide pushed through the crowds. “Make way! Authorized personnel!” “Vvvv-vvv…” The plane was hardly audible, and so, so...

    DAVE, THE COMPLIMENT MACHINE by Eleni Stephanides

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    DAVE, THE COMPLIMENT MACHINE             Tucked into the corner of the break room at Shuman Bask Office, the compliment machine doled out shiny pieces of paper containing individualized affirmations...

    THE LAUNDROMAT by Riven Wren

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    Lilith stood folding her laundry, ignoring the dampness in favor of saving herself another five dollars. A thickness hung in the air, muggy with humidity. She’d barely noticed it by then, having...

    SAKURA by Anthony Musca

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                Visiting Tokyo has always been a dream of mine. I’m a foreigner, but this place doesn’t feel foreign at all. Even though I’m jet-lagged with baggy eyes and two hours of...

    SIXTY MINUTES TO SUNDOWN by Daniel Rothman

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    The Thompson gang gathered upon a hill overlooking the desert valley beneath them. Monroe, the hardened leader of the gang, was polishing his revolver and reviewing his plans for their big score....

    THE HOLE by George D. Lopdrup

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    A screech sliced the sultry night silence.  Human, monkey, or bird?  “Get off me!” Steve cried as he strained to clench his ankle.  Yup, definitely human.