Fiction

Day Job

I opened the closet. What would he like? Male professional, said the ad, seeking date with discreet, easy-going woman for fun, friendship, and more. The last on...

earthwork

1.   The moon is a sort of carcass. Don’t you think? It was God or a lover of God. Now she’s just an empty yellow thing, she said. It's not exactly yello...

Eleven

Despite being nine, you remember a lot about that day. You remember sinking into a beanbag, flipping through one of your favorite Magic Tree House books, get...

Boys to Men

The air was cold and misty when Garrett completed his first lap around Olsen Pond. Yesterday he walked four laps around the 1.2 mile trail, and today his goal w...

Inertia

Inertia is defined as the tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged. That sounds about right. To go even further, it’s the resistance of a psychical o...

Turned Out

She doesn’t need the gift of vision to predict the futures of people captured in forty year-old photographs. It’s even easier when the photos are sixty or seven...

Repair Date

As Ally’s hair dripped, she swirled a wad of toilet paper over the bathroom mirror. Her plump face filled a wet circle—no new wrinkles this week, thank goodness...

Demolition Day

This year, I decided I’m going to become a real bad bitch. I’m nobody’s punching bag. I’ll show them. My therapist told me that it’s ok to have boundaries, s...

SLEEP DEBT

When Eli couldn’t sleep, he gambled. And when he couldn’t gamble, he walked The Strip. But since he was newly bound by the limits of unemployment, Eli was spend...

Natural Selection

As I carry him up the last set of stairs, he slides off my shoulder again. My arms wrap around his thighs and catch him, stop him from a nasty fall down the sta...

A Rift in Time

I hurtled down a familiar road, but toward a dreadful task. The violent thump of potholes in the beleaguered asphalt called out like a belligerent friend at ...

Wet Finger

What a delight it is to smoke a joint and wash dishes and listen to songs on YouTube (songs I’ve never taken the time to appreciate before) while the warm water...

Monsters Die!

Kozo Watanabe tossed the Love Doll’s see-through kimono onto the unmade bed. “Time for a shower, daughter,” he announced.  It was early, not yet six in the morn...

Barista

Matt was on his fifth shift of the week and as a result, his apathy had reached a peak. He had been sheepish when his supervisor had outwardly recognized his mo...

Cooks

Carter—23,Vietnamese American—and Liz—24, Chinese American—were sitting on the steps of the front porch, eating food stolen from a local Farmer’s Market. Liz wa...