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Kept

Issue No. 131 ~ April, 2008

She had skipped her biology lecture to let the man shave her legs and then have sex with her in the Jacuzzi tub. When he came, he bit down hard on her left shoulder, and afterward, she studied the indentations his teeth left in her skin while he dressed. Whether or not they were at his home, he always dressed as soon as they finished.

Different Turns

Issue No. 128 ~ January, 2008

"Denny had risen from the streets of Jersey City to become a successful merchandiser in the garment industry in Manhattan, until he became too rapacious, cut too many corners and the inevitable first indictment came."

Fifteen Dollars

Issue No. 125 ~ October, 2007

"...A voice in my head says: walk away, Bobby, just walk away. But I'm also thinking: what the fuck, take the money and run. Whatever the amount. Isn't that the reason I set out so early, why I walked all morning through dirty Moscow streets -- to make a quick sale?"...to get home, back to America."

Waiting for the gods to Die

Issue No. 116 ~ January, 2007

"The gods had been sick for a long time. The people could not watch their gods being ill. They packed the few things they had left into bags and began to walk away."

Consulting Fee

Issue No. 106 ~ March, 2006

Ed was chopping carrots and summer squash when Susan came home. She put on an apron and checked the open cookbooks to see what they were making. She took the package of chicken thighs from the refrigerator and started to rinse the pieces in the sink.

Rosary Beads

Issue No. 106 ~ March, 2006

"He says hair makes a woman beautiful. Any woman. They should wear it long, and please their men, tease their men, with the tickling of it across skin. He has no patience for short, manly styles."

The Great Responsibility

Issue No. 100 ~ September, 2005

Carlos Bob lives and sleeps in the backmost room of the modular addition of a trailer in the Whispering Pines Trailer Court. He’s a confused boy, not only because of his name, some ethnic mismatch his mama dreamed up with her girls before she fell …

Bus Stop

Issue No. 100 ~ September, 2005

She's homeless. Probably crazy. She presses further into the only available seat four rows behind the driver; the other occupant presses closer to the window, stares out as if it was actually open and wafting clean air in.

The Line

Issue No. 95 ~ April, 2005

He tried to figure out why they were putting him through this routine. Why else, if not to embarrass? He'd just have to show them that he could walk a line with the best.