Genre: Fiction

A Monster Story

Issue 6 | Summer 2021 |

    I. We didn’t have a woodshed or children, so I found my monster bent over a swing on an abandoned playset behind my house. His weight bent the top bar into a rusty smile and his knees and elbows were hollow from swinging in the dirt. I don’t understand why this is fun, …

The Chupacabra

Issue 6 | Summer 2021 |

    With the sound of the dogs barking behind their chain link fences, Stella Silva drove through East Hialeah for what she hoped would be the last time. At the traffic light, a scar-faced peddler tapped on her window, hawking long plastic bags of Key limes. She shook her head, but the driver in …

It Never Happened

Issue 6 | Summer 2021 |

    I learned of Rand and Sunny’s engagement when, the day after the night at the dock with Jimmy, Delle stepped into my room and said, “Get dressed. You’re getting fitted.” My eyes were raw from lack of sleep, my body shaky as the whiskey left my system in hungover shivers, but Delle didn’t …

The Laptop

Issue 5 | Winter 2020 |

  Samuel watched as Carol set up the laptop for him. He leafed through the user’s manual, before putting it in a drawer. The laptop was a retirement gift, after forty years in the civil service. Not an end but the beginning of a new chapter, or so he was told at his retirement party. …

It Builds Something Unseen

Issue 5 | Winter 2020 |

  The berries tasted best after midnight. Something about how their sun-warmed skins cooled under the dew and darkness made them juicier, sweeter. Of course if you picked them and tried to take them home and put them on your cereal or pancakes for breakfast, they were even worse than if you’d picked them at …

Iris

Issue 5 | Winter 2020 |

  I’d lost track of how I was related to Iris. I just took people’s word for it that I was. We had lived in Singapore eight years, and I hadn’t seen her, or even thought about her all that time. As Mom was driving the two of us over to her house, I tried …