Fiction

Brain Worms

The good news: The wife won big. The bad news: I have brain worms.   Worse still, the medication I’m on makes me furious and paranoid. Not to mention...

Ice Cream Knuckles

“I’m begging you to give me permission to fire him.” Gabe’s plea was more pathetic than intended, his meek tone reverberating within his doughy jaw. “Plea...

The Deep End

The first time Aly said she couldn’t be killed, I thought nothing of it. She was filing her nails on the edge of the bed. I was sleeping over. Her hair smell...

GROTESQUE

I MISSED THE CONNECTION TO SOME NOWHERE CITY ON MY ROUTE AND WOUND UP STRANDED IN ONE EVEN LESS APPEALING. Christmas season brought booked flights and little sy...

Sound Chasers

There are sounds that come from trees that he cannot explain or identify. He understands the sounds are emanating from bugs or birds, but with no visible origin...

Night Drive

The screaming stopped the instant Sam opened her eyes. She’d been having nightmares about mass shootings again. They’d mostly gone away during the pandemic. Now...

MAN AND HIS KIN

No one at Sunny Wonders Amusement Park was more downtrodden about owner Barry Victor’s death than the twenty-seven mannequins of his likeness that stood like se...

Debted

He could afford the minimum payment on his credit card bill, but the statement said if he paid the minimum it’d take him 73 years to pay off and the total amoun...

Faking Senses

You’re faking your way to a false sense of happiness, that’s what I told her on the eve of her wedding day.  I also said that she didn’t have to do it, and that...

Pink Clouds

I grabbed some beers and chips from 711 and met Akari outside the building. The love hotel Pink Clouds was pink with powder-blue clouds. She looked serious and ...

Being a zombie

When I wake up I want to eat people and that’s literally all I want. I used to want so many different things, so it’s pretty nice to just have the one want now....

Ancestry Test

I languished on the scratchy, orange couch of my childhood. Lena, my sister, owned the house. Or, more accurately, she inherited it from our dead parents on the...

Everyone Else

I. His roommate hands him a blue pill to take before his flight. Here T, this’ll help, he says. T doesn’t understand.   He sits on the flight and ...

Heartland

My student loan service provider is Heartland ECSI, but I call them Heartland for short. They’d started writing to me after graduation. We have been trying to r...

minerva

You were obsessed with antiquity and aliens. "In rain, in sun, in dust" you said, "in eternity only these two exist." I didn't know what to think but I followed...

Strike Colors

The constant focus on cancer and its treatment is overwhelming.  Sometimes you just need a break.  At Endwell Hospital’s Dorothy Peterse Patient Recreation Cent...

Your Sunday Best

You were TDY in Kuwait last summer. Should have come home in the middle of September, but then 9/11 happened. Stuck in the desert for five more months. Now, eve...