Genre: Fiction

All That It Held

Issue 11 | Winter 2023 |

    The white porcelain mug with a green stripe on its rim thuds onto the red checkered tablecloth like an announcement. The airy foam of cappuccino, spooned into the vessel by the waiter’s hand, is shaped into a pine tree, the couple’s high school emblem. She slurps the froth, then her date (the hottest …

Down South

Issue 11 | Winter 2023 |

    We were all going places—graduate programs in Ireland and media jobs in Manhattan and paralegal positions in Chicago. We were ravenously jealous of each other, convinced that we alone were failing to move correctly along the path of our desires. On our last day together, we promised regularity: text chains, road trips, yearly …

Learning to Cry

Issue 10 | Summer 2023 |

    Kate is learning how to cry. Her teacher, a bald man with skinny fingers, says, “Think of every sad thing that’s ever happened to you.” He stands close enough that she smells the peppermint on his breath. Her mouth waters. Kate is in front of class, her damp back against the green room …

Have You Ever Been to Edinburgh?

Issue 10 | Summer 2023 |

    The bag was heavy, causing her to shift her weight from side to side. She didn’t want to put it down because that meant stopping, waiting. She needed to be in motion. She had been sleepless the night before, dozing for minutes at a time before opening her eyes, her mind rivers and …

Body

Issue 9 | Winter 2022 |

Content advisory: This story contains references to sexual assault.     Rosalind Peters had been living without her body for so long that she was unsure of what she would find when she finally decided to coax it out of her basement. It hid there, buried among the party clothes she had thrown down the …

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 …