Fiction

You, Reader

Consider these words close enough and you too can be part of the story. My muse. Person on the other side of the screen. You, reader: the shadow casted from the...

Jackpot

The landlord banged the door down, issuing his last ultimatum to Sylvia and Warren Snow. They were supposed to pay at least the previous month’s rent in two day...

Chuck E.

Mikey slides down the big slide at Chuck E. Cheese’s, giggling and squealing. He lands in Joe’s arms, and Joe gives him a bear hug, enveloping the tiny body fro...

Cluck

As Friday approached, wildfires exploded in Sonoma and Napa. Smoke spiraled downwind and blanketed the peninsula. No one would drive anywhere that weekend. And ...

A Losing Bet

I had to live with my grandmom after my parents died last year and it’s sucked ever since. Losing both parents in a car crash? Yeah, really bad. But I bet you m...

School Sucks

At the top of a dark, stone tower, a menacing presence lurked. A lugubrious, green light filled the room which he inhabited. Shut inside his wooden sleeping qua...

The Banana Peel

Enter on Jerry, George, and Elaine in Jerry’s apartment. Jerry sits on his couch, while Elaine leafs through a newspaper. George, pacing and eating a banana, te...

Sixteen

Another Saturday junior golf tournament and no one took it seriously, except for Vic. This was another opportunity to grind, an unavoidable crucible in which hi...

Paper Men

The first one slips in through a paper cut and I burn where his fingers part skin. He climbs in. Enters, head first, shoulders, a slick unbirthing ‘til his feet...

26 Kids

No doubt when Peter Alexander recalled the most traumatic events of his life, he was compelled to reflect on the disaster of his first marriage and the birth of...

Baja Blast

I knew the moment she broke up with me that I needed to go to Taco Bell. When she barreled into my room and berated me about my distant attitude—as I loaded up ...

RAT TRAP

“Looks like you’ve got a rat problem,” said the exterminator. He wore a blue and white surgical mask and stood at a safe distance in Deb’s living room. He...

Psycle

It’s 1:30 AM and I take my lunch early.   I overslept and got to work over an hour late and my heart hasn’t chilled out with it’s beating yet. &nb...