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“Next Time Take the Skyline” by Mather Schneider

Dispatch sent me to a house in the Tucson foothills. It was a typical foothills community full of upper class false-adobe houses all painted the same sallow desert tan. No real color was allowed by the neighborhood ordinance. It was … Continue reading

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“Poolside at the Hemingway House” by Holly Hollar

When you ask—how much is enough?—like Cecilia Malone, who reclines in the sun on a sailboat at harbor in Key West, who asks herself, how much money did I donate to the Humane Society of Greater Orlando last year? Is … Continue reading

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“Marriage” by James Armstrong

I have been married for six years. I have not spoken with my wife for the past five. We live together, you understand. We sleep in the same bed and eat dinner at the same table. Yet no matter how … Continue reading

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“Breaking the Surface” by Jeannette Brown

She has always been the Good Girl, but here she is, breaking all the rules. She wonders why she hasn’t done it before. And why she is doing it now. She has recently received her punishment, so now she can … Continue reading

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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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