THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE by Mary Casey Sturk

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Lisa never liked that picture of herself. She looked so happy in it, with a big semi-toothless smile and her long light brown hair with bangs. There was the dress. The burgundy and cream...

MARY’S HUSBAND by Nadia Lopez

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It’s been years since I had been at a police station. When you are 60 years old nothing surprises you anymore. I was called to be here as a suspect. It surprises me how...

SHE WHO HIDES by Tania Gissela

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She Who Hides Every Saturday at 1 A.M., I wake up and drive in the moonlit avenues. It all started with a dream. Behind her was a white car—my white car. She was standing beneath the...

THE BIG GULP by Fernanda Franco

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I stood in front of a poster board while I waited outside. A cherry slushy in a clear cup with the words Big Gulp printed in bubble font staring back at me. I tilted...

GONE by Alexandria Lahense

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I was never picked first during recess. The girls never put my name on their kiss list. My siblings were all older than me, so we never had a real connection. Hell, my parents...

THE SMARTIE by R. H. Nicholson

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     Professor Elias McCracken bound through the door of his mint green Victorian home, his arms full of books, his briefcase bursting with ungraded essays, his trench coat flapping, tamping his shoes on the...

PARK PEOPLE by Thomas Belton

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“You can neither lie to a neighborhood park, nor reason with it. Jane Jacobs Most people may use the city parks to wander through for an hour or more, to read a book or walk the...

DINNER DATE by Britton Griffin

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            Jacob rounded the corner as the rain covered the city. His mind raced with thoughts as he considered what he was doing. He was to go on a date with one of the...

DYE by Cassandra Booth

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Margaret had not slept for three nights. That familiar ache behind the eyes gnawed away at her the same way a beetle gnaws a leaf. This would be the fourth sleepless night, what with...

LITTLE ELEANOR WATTS by Kendra Martin

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I’m gonna get you now. After scoping out the town laundromat for weeks to find the best entrance, Eleanor set her sights on the tiny side window that remained cracked until the store closed at...