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Moonlight and Roses

“Moonlight and Roses” by Jen Mierisch The moon rose high above a shack in a forest outside Paris. Inside, clockwork creatures slept, all but one. Giovanna slumped on the moonlit shelf. Dust lay across her brocade bodice, linen cuffs, and … Continue reading

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The Procedure

“The Procedure” by P.A. Cornell I expect there to be more to a test that will determine the length of your lifespan, but in the end it’s so simple I’m almost disappointed. “What do we do with these?” Sam asks … Continue reading

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264 Days

  “264 Days” by C.C. Graystone I’ve been on the run for 264 days because I had a dream. To be fair, it was a gut-wrenchingly gruesome dream. Violence shredded across nerves and neurons even as I gasped awake. I … Continue reading

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The Best Barista in a Time of Spiders Who are Addicted to the Rush of Caffeine

“The Best Barista in a Time of Spiders Who are Addicted to the Rush of Caffeine” by Cate Covert I stopped by the coffee shop to grab a triple-shot espresso and unexpectedly found my new life’s calling. But wait, I’m … Continue reading

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Sandcastles in a Clockwork Sea

“Sandcastles in a Clockwork Sea” by Helena O’Connor I remember the sandcastle days, floating in clear waters that were crystal blue and guilt free. The red ribbons you wore, tying your hair up in buns, made you look like a … Continue reading

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Identification

“Identification” by Tamlyn Dreaver The woman in front of me stepped up to the window. Her jacket had slipped, and I could see the faint line of a scar on her neck. The clerk behind the glass took his time, … Continue reading

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Flight School

“Flight School” by Randall Andrews I survived for three weeks alone in the jungle wilds of a hostile nation—with a broken leg and no supplies—while being hunted by enemy soldiers. Consider that when I say this physical therapy is the … Continue reading

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Upgrade

“Upgrade” by Trey Dowell  Twenty-five years of renting cars had taught Hector Ramirez many things that were often true. A smile costs nothing. Service matters. The customer is always right. It had also taught him one thing that was always … Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor

“Caveat Emptor” by John Haas “Let the buyer beware,” a hoarse voice croaked from behind. Richie spun, searching for the source. “H…hello?” He’d entered this shop—which he’d never noticed before even though he passed this way at least twice a … Continue reading

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Thief of Souls

“Thief of Souls” David A. Gray We ambushed the aliens as they took a boy’s soul in their Beijing game preserve. The hunters were focused on their prey, certain there were few humans on Earth still sentient, let alone capable of harming them. They … Continue reading

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