Genre: Fiction

We’re All in This Sandbox Together

Issue 8 | Summer 2022 |

    I always knew something about Matthew De Groot wasn’t right, but the sandbox episode clinched it. On his knees, nose near the ground, he dug with both hands, the way a determined dog might ravage a garden. Sand from each new hole filled the previous one. Thick brown dirt coated the heel and …

Painkillers

Issue 8 | Summer 2022 |

Content advisory: This story contains depictions of substance abuse and child neglect.     It was with her when she sat up in bed that morning. Swinging her feet to the floor, Zoe felt her stomach clench. Nausea washed over her. She closed her eyes, willing the feeling to pass, ignoring the skittering of pain …

Strangers

Issue 7 | Winter 2021 |

    Until the trespassers appeared and forever altered Kathleen and Ed Beckman’s past and present lives, the couple had never considered divorce. If asked, Kathleen would have said her marriage was immutable. Ed, after thirty-four years of simmering satisfaction, hadn’t given an alternative a moment’s thought. It had been an autumn afternoon when Kathleen …

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. …