Fiction

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...

Icons

The woman stood at the window. Winter air seeped through gaps around the panes and cooled the sweat on her body. A cigarette smoldered inches from her thigh. Th...

Milestones

Jade texted one Sunday morning in early March. Spring had all but arrived, perfect on a cascading breeze down from the mountains, but if I knew anything about C...