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 […]

The Witch & the Gods’ War

The Witch & the Gods’ War

by Stephanie Lorée

Rain pattered the window, and Draya looked up from her basin to watch the sky churn. Her hands washed vegetables automatically, carrots and squash, an eggplant that was nearly rotten, and two tomatoes as small and wrinkled as she.

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Angel Maker

Angel Maker

by Katherine Toran

 

A long, thin creak reverberated through the cold twilight air. Alone on the road, the woman stopped and turned towards the sound. A wooden swing, hanging from a tree branch, moved back and forth—in spite of the lack of breeze.

Stepping off […]

Harbor Mist

Harbor Mist

by Michael Nethercott

 

Come closer. Now, this is something I have never before shared. Not with my husband, not with my daughters or grandchildren. Not with anyone. But I think, yes…perhaps this is the time… Perhaps with you…

We left Russia, my mother and us […]

The Squeaky Hamburger

Dateline 1983. T’was the week before Christmas, and in the era before online shopping everyone had been out buying gifts. No one felt like cooking on top of all that shopping, so the restaurants were doing well.

We were on the line in a fast food restaurant, a Jack-in-the-Box. Our eight-month-old son […]