The Gifted Sommellier

“The Gifted Sommelier” by Grayson Bray Morris

Into the bowels of our cellar came a knock. We looked up, curious which of death’s hotels would be its source. There, a dozen paces from me: the door to the Divinika. I took the key from the chain around my neck and unlocked […]

Sibling Squabbles

“Sibling Squabbles”

by Gregg Chamberlain

“What have we told you about using magic, young lady?”

Isaac Stern looked down over folded arms at the sullen-eyed face of his eight-year-old daughter, Tabitha. She dropped her gaze first and stared down at her feet, fists clenched at her sides, muttering to herself.

“What was that?” […]

The Roots That Roam

“The Roots that Roam”

by Joy Kennedy-O’Neill

 

The quickened-oaks smash their roots into the ground. They shatter rock as they move, root-step by root-step, miles a day. I once saw an octopus crawling on land, back when the Houston sea walls fell. Tentacle over tentacle, lumbering.

No, […]

Cold Currents

Cold Currents

by M. E. Garber

Otto froze, one hand splayed on the fire brigade’s new gasoline truck. The woman perched outside the bridge railing leveled him a knowing smile.

His stomach curdled. Not like Anna! He stretched his hand towards the unknown woman.

She jumped. Her long […]

The Finder

“The Finder”

by Yaasha Moriah

 

Aunt Velma was a finder.

I clearly remember the day when Uncle Edgar pulled his fishing boat ashore, his posture strangely stiff even while attempting nonchalance. He slumped into a lawn chair next to Uncle Don, popped the cap off a bottle […]

Replica

“Replica”

by Pauline Yates

You sit opposite me—my replica. You mirror how I looked the day I left my husband at the door of this clinic. Your hair is cropped short. You wear my clothes. Your complexion has changed—it’s rejuvenated—but that’s to be expected after a month of […]

What Does a Time Machine Cost?

“What Does a Time Machine Cost?”

by Elliotte Rusty Harold

A few family photographs and her childhood diary were all Dr. Elizabeth Huang had left from her preteen years. The intervening decades had turned the paper in the diary yellow and faded the ink; but the writing was […]

Breakage

“Breakage”

by Sherri Cook Woosley

 

We remember that Myra and her daughter, Little Jessica, were the first to Break. Myra moved into our neighborhood pregnant, her belly swollen and her face glowing. The couple loved the paved sidewalks and road signs that cautioned Slow! Kids at play. […]

Mrs. Peak and the Dragon

“Mrs. Peak and the Dragon”

by Andrew Willett

 

The woman with the iron-gray hair smoothed her pink-striped apron and watched the boy walk back and forth before the counter. “Let me know what you want when you decide, sweetie,” she said. He nodded, his pale slender neck […]

Urgent: Lost Bekip

“Urgent: Lost Bekip”

by Nicole Lungerhausen

 

URGENT: Lost Bekip

Grazint the Round, Sunnyside

Posted 12 hours ago

 

To my fellow dwellers of the southeastern neighborhoods of San Francisco,

Upon returning from vasagale on Raxat, my family discovered that our beloved bekip escaped the confines of his […]