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Mirror Image

Clone. Taken from the Greek word klon. “Twig.”  I studied the boy etched in sterile ones and zeros on the bathroom mirror.  Chris Colburn. In a public bathroom mirror, his tiny picture surrounded by news articles, tampon ads, and movie trailers. But could it be Johnathan?  His face had faded from memory. And yet, these […]

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Echo

With her eyes trained on the dark spaces between the trees, Nadie signaled her brother to come. His soft footsteps whispered in the snow, careful and deliberate. Good, she thought. He remembered father’s hunting lessons, lessons from long ago. Hunter or hunted, the same principles applied.  His tiny gloves slid into her hand, warm and […]

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Gone Are the Marigolds

Soon as I plunged the electric knife into its breast, I sneezed on the turkey and everyone groaned. All I wanted was to have this moment. These last six summers it’d be just me and my wife Amy. But having everyone at the table again after Mark left, well, it almost felt like we were […]

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Punch

If an acquaintance meant to be polite, they’d probably call Martin something like “headstrong” or “strong-willed.” Not that he cared. “Didn’t have a place in this world,” according to him. Let’s just say Martin was “obstinate.” Friends and family called him other things. Their favorite words included “thick-headed”, “narrow-minded”, or an “idiot.” Again, never phased […]

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To Catch the Sun

Grandma’s death was a long, drawn out affair, and rather violent by the end. “Damn you!” She’d scream. “If I could move I’d smite you down to hell, Devil!” She clocked me a couple times when I would move her around the house, just me and no one else. Thankfully, her strength was locked at […]

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Go Fish

Dennis spread the deck across the table, paused, and scooped it back up with one hand. He shuffled the cards like a casino ace. “One more game?” I caught myself reaching for a water bottle with my stump and rubbed it against my forehead instead. Dennis didn’t seem to notice, or hid it really well. […]

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Metal Detectors

Blank clouds chased the sun over the horizon and barbed wire loomed above me like a judge delivering a death sentence. My fingers hooked into the rusty chain linked fence until they burned and my forehead pressed so hard it left lines. Carlos and Alex stood behind me. I was too scared to look at […]