Category: Fiction

THE LINEMAN BY DAVID MALONE

‘There are times/ When a black frost is upon/ One’s whole being, and the heart/ In its bone belfry hangs and is dumb.” – R. S. Thomas, The Belfry Forty years an outside lineman with Bell Telephone in the Kingston area, he told...

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BUD FERMATA BY DON MORGAN

I was in the wrong road-there ahead was the Wayan Bough Methodist Church. Distracted, I made a wrong turn somewhere. Or, maybe it was all the wine I drank last night that still haunted my head and body. And, of course, last...

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THE CRUISE BY CYNDI CRESSWELL COOK

“Shhh!” Cassy glowered with narrowed eyes. “…stick the needle,” Dwayne continued unabated. “Dwayne,” Cassy demanded with a low growl. “…in the doll and,” “DWAYNE,” Cassy repeated, pressing her hand against Dwayne’s shoulder;...

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SUGAR ANGELS BY HARVEY HUDDLESTON

At ten steps – fifteen maybe – Father Ivan turned back but the barrack was already gone. Snow blasted east and west and north and south and up and down and back and forth, erasing everything beyond the rag on his face. Beyond...

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TIP JAR BY BROOKS C. MENDELL

An open mason jar separated mounds of leafy greens from the tubers on a long table at the market. In the jar, a five-dollar bill, folded longways to stand up, shared the space with loose change, like a diva sitting in steerage....

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THE TOD BY OSO JONES

Don’t follow the tod. That’s what his Nannan had always told him. She had made him promise but, of course, the young never listen and he had moved to the city and was invincible. And he had thought there would be more of a...

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THE SLOW DRIVE TO VENTURA BY BILL RICHTER

Carl and Melissa had been on the road for more than an hour and still hadn’t gotten out of Los Angeles County. Their phones were telling them they still had another two hours to cover the forty-five miles left to get to Ventura,...

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GOING RACING BY SID FERNANDO

Annette was excited. “Richard and Helen have invited us to go racing,” she said, smiling as she walked through the front door. “They’re such a nice couple. I can’t believe I got the job. He’s a brilliant man, and he knows...

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