Issue #23 February 2021

The Last Time by Kim Magowan

The last time I had sex with my husband was when I brought an African Violet to his new apartment. Right in the middle we heard the dings of incoming texts; then the doorbell rang. Rob didn’t answer, obviously—he was…
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Melodie Wants the Moon by Kelsey Ipsen

It’s not that Melodie is strange in some way, really she just wants in the same way that everyone wants something. She’s turned magical in her obsession. She is witch-like, she is reading cards, she is a blood sacrifice scraped…
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We Wonder by Yasmina Din Madden

We wonder about the man across the street for a long time. The way he hacks at his bushes with an axe, without rhyme or reason, without any sort of plan. When he finishes, the shrubs look like Jack’s scalp…
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Scar Tissue by Sabrina Hicks

The night we played twenty-one questions, you asked me to tell you something real about myself then laughed and said, even though you have no heart. It only occurred to me later, after I sent you home, you were being…
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Negotiations by Beckie Dashiell

It is a ghost who whispers in my ear at night: it’s not natural to share a bed with the same man for so long. The next morning, I begin making plans. Calculating what can be left behind, which books…
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