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“My Friend Jeb” by Katie Burgess

HR asked me to put together something for Jeb, probably because I was the closest thing he had to a friend at Zoom! Wellness Emporium. See, three years ago I gave him a pound of French roast for Secret Santa. … Continue reading

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“Trading Houses” by Nancy Bourne

I was at Caroline Overby’s house, sewing clothes for her dolls, when out of the blue I heard, “Goddammit, where the hell is Fanny?” A man wearing a button shirt and a tangled purple tie walked in. His hair was … Continue reading

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“Yeah, That’s It” by Charles Israel, Jr.

that’s the sound, he thought. He turned around fast, as fast as he might have 20 years ago, and saw nothing. A sound like that once in a day, you could ignore it; twice in one day, okay, you could … Continue reading

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“Lamentation #47” by Dan Leach

And it’s 3 a.m. on a Tuesday leaking tired bursts of rain from a mostly starless sky. And the room with the walls you know by heart is blacker than you ever thought it could be. And the booze and … Continue reading

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“Monster” by Barbara Nishimoto

Ishigawa was walking west on Arizona. It was midmorning Wednesday, and he knew the weekly farmers’ market would already be crowded making it difficult to follow Arizona all the way to the ocean. But that was okay; he had a … Continue reading

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“Killerman” by Michael Hammerle

Cole and I had argued that morning so Lance, the crew leader, had put us on the same team. We had all been using scissor-lifts and concrete saws to cut and remove the ceiling of a museum. We would steady … Continue reading

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“Grandma’s Postcard” by Gershon Ben-Avraham

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were. — Marcel Proust I was twelve years old when Grandma Davis, my dadʼs mom, died. I didnʼt know her very well. She lived in North Carolina, … Continue reading

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