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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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Cairns

The sands were a river of fire under our shoes, its grains slow cooking us for the birds. Vultures above circled on wings of doom, carried by the exhaust of our vapid breathing. A gust kicked up sand and it lashed the arm I threw up to shield my face. Not far behind me, Gary […]