RUMPELSTILTSKIN Adelaide B. Shaw

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"What can I do, Joanna?  I want to help."             I turned away from Magda's outstretched arms and averted the hug she had tried to give twice before. The late afternoon sunlight filtered through the...

I SHOULD’VE BEEN A COWBOY by Christopher Cosmos

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I should’ve been a cowboy. I’d have learned to rope and ride, as the song goes. I’d have lived a life without rules, a life without borders and a life without states or nations, because out...

THAT’S WHERE YOU GO by Peter Dellolio

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Early morning.  Crisp autumn of the schoolyard.  Beginning of the school day.  Donna’s father crouches.  Squatting he points.  To guide Donna.  Long high wall.  Blocking October sun.  In front of the wall Donna’s father. ...

CATCH AND RELEASE by Emily Grandy

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When he woke at noon to the sound of buzzing cicadas and fuggy heat, the first thing that came to Lloyd Sherman’s mind was a memory of water. The slip of the canoe into...

ANATHEMA by Micah Benson

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I thought that soldiers were meant to protect people. That’s what they told me when I was built, and I was built to be the perfect soldier. A construct, they called me. It was...

A DEVILISH ADVOCATE Glen Garth

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Dusk fell upon the city of Black Gate, and in the courtyard of a castle did a well-dressed man tirelessly work. He plunged a tube-shaped device into the ground and walked twenty feet away...

ANIE’S ALIEN HUNT by Malcolm Flynn

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“C-Could you guys remind me, why are we here again?” Korria said from the back seat.            “Like I said! We’re gonna summon aliens! Colada and I have been sticking our noses into research for...

ENHANCED by Ethan Michael

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Step after step the beat of drums grew louder, the dreary moss hangs from the grated cubes that line the ceiling, blood coursing through my veins like an untamable river rapid. My vision focused...

THE BLACK SEDAN by Vanessa Youngblood-Brown

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So, I was at my complex laundromat. I was the only person there. I did see a black sedan parked outside. I wasn't concerned about that at all.    I continued with my laundry. Something...

TRAGEDIES FROM MY FRIEND EVELYNN by Megan Amor

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Evelynn appeared when I was twelve. At first, she seemed harmless. She even gave me a strawberry popsicle. She told me she’d be my friend when times were tough, but I think she was...