Elevator Girl

Red coat. That’s the first thing I see when she walks into the elevator. She’s pretty. She sees me there standing between six others in a cramped elevator. We lock eyes. She smiles. I blush. A scent passes my nostrils. Spring time rain. I envision lying in a field in a soft springtime drizzle. I…

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The Proposal

Once, I had one hundred imaginary dogs and my nursery school classmates decided to have imaginary dogs too. Siddhartha decided to have imaginary elephants instead with names filled with letters strung together like the pretty glass beads my teacher wore around her neck. I liked Siddhartha because he always shared his crayons.Once, Justin, who lived…

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A Foot in the Grave

It felt like I was somewhere I wasn’t supposed to be, like I’d walked into a house that looked like mine, but belonged to someone else. She found me in the kitchen drinking a glass of water. Her eyes welled up and shone bright with what would soon form tears. I was in the right…

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Outlaw

Being on the run wasn’t half as glamorous as I had expected: they never tell you about Bonnie and Clyde shitting in the woods. by Samuel Best Samuel Best is a Glasgow-based writer and also runs Octavius, a literary magazine for students studying in Scotland. Samuel is currently writing two novels based on different blends of Scottish…

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Angst and the iTunes Librarian

You said you felt under the weather. I suggested soup and you replied tomato. Tomato with grilled cheese. While I blanched them, you put on Van Morrison and scrolled through my songs. You considered yourself an expert. “You need to clean your music library. Doesn’t it annoy you? How do you know what you have, what…

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The Last Adventure of the Scorpion and the Frog

The worst thing you can say about her is that she was once your friend.Perceiving that you stood side-by-side, you courted battle fighting the giants, while she secretly cheered for them to win.On the last night you invited her into your home, you welcomed her to sit at your table, to eat, to talk of…

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