Americans

The wind slinked around the hollow, somber trees, whispering warnings to us in a foreign language. Winter was on our heels and uncharted frontier lay before us, bringing an end to our momentum. Our column moved into the clearing without a sound. We ached for a stretch, to lie down, to walk [...]

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Civil

Orange lights blurred together as we raced through darkness; we felt utterly free on the highway. We felt it, but we weren’t. We were running away, and running never meant freedom. John should turn back. I wanted to tell him. I told him we should tell his mother at least. She deserved to know. [...]

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All In

Hindsight is twenty-twenty, and now that I think about it, it could’ve gone either way. It didn’t work as intended, call it dumb luck or a dumb decision. Or both, doesn’t matter really. But to my credit, which is all I have now, I had a couple things in my favor. I called on Werman, […]

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Contact

The light ripped through the sky and then vanished. Lilly was dead sure she saw a UFO and was damned well sure aliens came to make contact with a human being. Maybe they’d choose her. Maybe she’d get to see inside their ship. Maybe she’d shake hands with the president and win the lottery! Why [...]

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A Coho in Ontario

The night was heavy and the cold crushed his lungs, like being buried alive by a thousand wet blankets. Liam’s sweat froze on his face and in his hair, but he didn’t dare slow down to wipe. He had to get past the wall, and across the border before the drones made another round. The […]

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Lottery

A dream, she thought, if I pinch myself, I’ll wake up. But she didn’t want to wake up. She needed this world where she just won three million dollars! The faceless security men, dressed all in black, burst out of their trucks. Two of them grabbed her arms. She squirmed and wrenched but their [...]

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Rex

The black liquid seeped out of the pit we were going to bury Rex in and soon enough we forgot the dead dog and started writing all the ways we’d spend the money. First on our list was to buy Ma a new house. A huge house that’d show her all she meant to us. […]

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Valley of Dry Bones

I scratched dirt out from under the wig my son of a bitch husband hated. It’s the same cocoa color my real hair was, but he had left all the same. What man leaves a woman after four years for shaving her head? It’s fine, my dreams said he wasn’t the one anyways. Willie’s a […]

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