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Tenderloin

Issue No. 238 ~ March, 2017

    “You know some guy they call the Professor?” “Who?” “The Professor.” “That’s a weird name.” “Yeah it is.” The RPG round floated down Sacramento Street as if suspended on a wire, whistling past the bunker, Sarge watching in disbelief, and then striking the …

God in the Garage

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

When Tomas arrived at the apartment, there was a naked hooker sitting on the kitchen table, one leg above her head. The music was so loud, he’d heard it from the street– techno, or pop electric, and now that he was inside the apartment, the …

The Little Death

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

Each night our mascot— a black and white cat— sneaks into the base searching for a warm lap and scraps of food. Tonight our reconnaissance unit joins an elite group of combat fighters. These tough guys volunteer for their unit with the promise of death …

How to Stay in the Whale

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

    The first thing Brandon says, after coming to, is a lie. “What happened?” his father asks. “I was trying to get the dog away from the stairs,” he says. And although the doctors at the hospital are sure there is no evidence of …

All Those Love Notes Swarm Like Insects

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

  The note tucked into my backpack pocket. First note. A simple question with a doodle resembles a turtle nearby. His fingertips rich with Irish Spring. An answer is what begins when all he wants is an answer. The heft of high school hardback textbooks …

Confession

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

It was the first day of summer when we burned Daddy’s body. I know because I looked at the calendar in the pantry right before doin it. I wanted to remember the day. We decided to burn him because we knew diggin a hole would …

Mirror-Maze

Issue No. 236 ~ January, 2017

I’m a Cop, sure. I think that all the time, out in the street here. I’m just a Cop, walking my beat. I walked the beat all my life, but—these days now, it’s all just mirrors. It used to be a regular town but now …

Ice Carvings

Issue No. 236 ~ January, 2017

On his snowmobile, Tobias Morgan rode along the frozen sea of Mortla. He was hauling an unusually large package that had taken him fifteen minutes to tie onto the sleigh hooked to the back of the snowmobile. The treadmarks in the snow were made deeper …

Monkey Business

Issue No. 236 ~ January, 2017

It wasn’t yet six in the morning when the doorbell rang, but I was already awake and dressed and had the coffee brewing. Susan, my best friend from childhood– known as Susie back then– had talked me into having a joint tag sale today. I …

The Shot

Issue No. 236 ~ January, 2017

With the whistle of mortar fire, the golf ball strafed their heads and landed with a thunk on the green. Sam ducked, along with the two players in his group. He stared at the foursome behind them, resisting the impulse to hurl the ball into …