by Amy Hempel
The year I began to say vahz instead of vase, a man I barely knew nearly accidentally killed me. The man was not hurt when the other car hit ours. The man I had known for one week held me in the street in a …
by Jorge Zentner
“My secretary will give you everything you need,” said Mr. Nudel, and he pointed to the door with his cigar. That is how Birklo knew the fat man considered the conversation to be finished. He stretched his hand over the paper-covered desk, but Mr. Nudel …
by Armand Gloriosa
Charlie was a horrible sight: his whole face was swollen like a balloon, and his eyelids looked like a pair of watery, glistening lanzones with slits in them. His nose was completely blocked, and he could barely breathe through his mouth. Tammy came into the …
by Stephen Pain
“You can rinse now.” He lost count of how many times he had said this to patients, but no matter the number, he got a vicarious pleasure from the smile of relief on their faces. If only there was such a phrase for his life, …
by Rolf Potts
Outside, the rain had just stopped. The suitcase at Feller’s feet had one-thousand dollars in it. No one in the bus station could tell from looking that the boxy case held his future in neatly wrapped and stacked twenty-dollar bills. He was wearing his best …
by Mimi Carmen
Love, lust, infidelity; a young woman coming to understand the path her life has taken.
by Carey Dean Potash
Vending machines and nepotism in the workplace.
by Michael Schwartz
Life in the death-throes of the 20th Century; cold Szechwan, stale beer, and meaningless information streaming over the airwaves.
by Frank Scozzari
A reluctant soldier keeps the final promise made to his fallen comrade.