RIVER RUN by Gary James Erwin

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River Run Thighs burned. Cold air stung his throat. Beneath his knee caps, buried inside the knotof ligaments, muscle and bone, something clunked rhythmically with each step. Reachingdown, he clinched the joint, squeezed it a...

THE TROUBLE WITH BOREDOM by Melanie A. Doan

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THE TROUBLE WITH BOREDOMBy Melanie A. Doan Marty looks at me over the rims of his aviators, which are held together by a piece of Scotch tape in the middle. “So, how exactly do you...

THE SIREN by Eric Stevens

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THE SIRENBy Eric Stevens The frozen wood of the bench on 7th Street was brittle and burned Steve’s thighs while he leaned to one side, watching the cars drive slowly through the icy slush. It...

UNUSED MILES by Richard Bentley

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UNUSED MILESBy Richard Bentley This happened in San Francisco in the 1960s, but in the early sixties San Francisco wasn’t quite as we picture it now. There didn’t seem to be an unusual amount of...

TELL HER by Denise Cloutier

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TELL HERby Denis Cloutier Ellen had been married to Richard Miller for twenty years and three months on the day he died.  He’d been losing his battle with cancer for the better part of a...

WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? By Glynn Germany

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WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? "I don't need his ideas, okay? Or any old crap full of vacuum tubes and God knows what. I need his face. Not his ideas. And for sure not his mouth....

SINCERELY, YOUR STRANGER by Aija White

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   It’s been thirty minutes, a long arduous, thirty minutes. We tried simply opening the door, which didn’t work. Then, we tried to break the windows and sadly, our collective upper body strength did...

SERVICES by Jim Zinaman

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SERVICESBy Jim Zinaman The crunch of little white stones beneath his tires ceased as Jimmy braked to a stop in a Ford Escort rental.  A long and winding driveway through a stand of pines off...

APRIL HURRICANE by Dylan Ulin

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April would blow over the Iowa prairies when the boxing match called spring came around. The match was Jack Frost vs. Blooming Spring. They would clash on who gets the dominant climate, snow and...