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By D. Trunick Eyes wide, legs quivering, sweat glistening, she feels ready to heave. The thick dusty red curtain brushes against her hands but provides no relief. “Why can’t I do this?” rolls from her dry parched lips. Panic and desperation enter her heart like a flash flood. She longingly watches from the side. Her…

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She…

By Sara Shah And so She was created from the dust, She who was Beauty, Compassion, and Love. The Creator placed her under the foliage of the dark forest, with an abundance of berries and seeds. She lived, alone. The Creator viewed her solitary state with sadness and sent beasts of the forest to accompany…

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When the Screen Goes Blank

by Pavelle Wesser I enter the elevator, watching the blinking red lights as I descend to lower level number nine, where I exit to face my interviewer. His gaze is so fathomless it fills me with a coldness that is absolute in its sense of… “Zero,” he informs me, “is the sum total of your…

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Cookie Purse

by Gina Douglas   My maternal grandmother and my father both told related stories about me when I was a child first learning to talk.  I don’t think my Baba and my dad ever heard the other one’s story, nor did they ever put their stories together into the real story. My ol’ man used…

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Post Apocalyptic Limbo

by Jake DeHaai   His bright blue eyes provided the only color to the barren wasteland. The deep creases around his mouth told tales of violence, love, and loss. He walked across the decrepit highway, the realization had set in, he was alone.  He was isolated. His past had hardened him, taught him to show…

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Thief

by Charles Rafferty   He stole the stars above her house, pulling them out with a claw hammer. She wouldn’t love him anymore, so he left her with a blue-black vault of night — the color of the grackles he used to throw rocks at as they crowded out the other birds around their backyard…

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