Category: Fiction

THE PROMISE BY LOREN LOGSDON

Long ago, way back in ancient times, there was an idyllic land called Shelmalay, which some scholars believe was located somewhere in what is now present-day Ireland. Shelmalay was ruled by a great king named Gallamore and his...

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THE LEGACY BY AIDA BODE

I lifted my head to see where I was. I didn’t expect to see a window, yet there was a small one, high, close to the edge of the ceiling. I put my hands on the dirt floor to push myself up and felt the grains of dust stick on my...

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UNHAPPY IN THEIR OWN WAY BY ANNIKA BAJAJ

When you climb so high that you can’t see the ground, you can easily believe that there is no ground that you can just go back to before it all started; and everything will be okay. From that point, it only takes a couple steps...

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BORN OF ASHES BY J.P. HOSTETLER

WELCOME TO THE BAJADA! The sign is crumbling in a few places but readable. YOU HAVE DISCOVERED THE MEETING PLACE OF TWO BIOMES. THE HIGH AND SPARSE MOUNTAINOUS REGION AND THE BARREN DESERT. THE NAME BAJADA COMES FROM SPANISH...

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REUNION BY ELIZABETH PAPAZIAN

One day, while Anna Wilkins was working in her New Jersey home office, she experienced something so incredible, she would later question if it ever really happened. While sipping a cup of mint tea, a six-inch porcelain mermaid...

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OFFERINGS BY J. SALER DREES

Summer sun filtering through the stained-glass windows did nothing to cheer up Pastor Daniel. He stood at the pulpit and looked out at his flock. Same people, same as every Sunday: ever-devoted wife, Georgia to the left of him...

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BEACH TRIP BY GERALD KAMENS

Walking to the door, Constantine turns back to Bart. “Found this letter, going through Barbara’s things. In an unmarked envelope. I guess it was to a lover.” Bart’s clients sometimes did that, when the session was practically...

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TRASH BY JANAY BRUN

A golden eagle floats the cosmos. Below her, spaghetti strands cut through the border landscape – trails packed into the dirt by worn soles and bleeding feet. A buzzing whine comes to her from the north. She shifts her head and...

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Quanta Dominance by Xuanhui Mao

“What is quantum entanglement?” In response to the interviewer, Aleck Mill, like any other Unquantator, said quite confidently, “Simply explained, quantum entanglement is just like two people choosing whether...

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SNATCHED! BY ELAINE ZHAI

The sweltering New Orleans sun departs a grateful sky, splashing orange and red hues across nature’s blue canvas. We’re running late, “Come on! Mama and Papa must be waiting for us,” I holler. Sammy, only three years old,...

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AN UNMARRIED HUSBAND BY ROBERT LUHN

I am looking for her. The woman of my dreams, my reason for being, my main squeeze, my POSSLQ. Her. I’ve looked for years, starting in kindergarten, straight on through college, at work, in Deepak seminars, by the frozen...

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