The Counselor

(1,000 words) The Counselor Susan retracted the keys from the ignition, stuffed them into the front pocket of her tote, and slipped a three-ply mask off the rearview mirror. She stretched the elastic loops over her ears and checked her appearance. Nose and mouth covered.  She hadn’t done the commute in months and felt lukewarm... Continue Reading →

Spin Out

(2,497 words) Kandace A pair of chocolate-brown eyes, brimming with love. A warm snout nudging your ribs. A fluffy coat, soft as spun-cotton to touch. There’s no creature as noble, as accepting, nor as beautiful as a dog. I should know. Dogs are my life. Rescuing them, protecting them, finding them adoptive homes. We saved... Continue Reading →

A Careless Sojourn

(2,497 words) Carolina's eyes fluttered open. Her head throbbed. Jagged edges dug into her abdomen. She caught her breath and glanced down. It was a timber, as long as her legs, its splinters poking against her tender belly and digging into her ribs. Her heart pounded through her chest, but her vision was clearing. She... Continue Reading →

Of Mule Teams and Periwinkles

1,575 words Marnie itched to rearrange the computer desk to her liking now that her daughter had returned to college. She might never have found the anthology otherwise. “If you get a parking ticket,” Marnie had warned, “you need to pay it on time.” “I had to get to class,” Nicole said. “It takes two... Continue Reading →

Chinese Red

(1,600 words) Audrey considered the doctor’s question. She squinted, tilting her face to the Halogen lamp until bright colors appeared from behind her eyelids. A swath of scarlet appeared, but not the shade of red from her dreams. Too much orange. “A deep red,” she explained. “Which things were deep red?” Dr. Bergman asked. “It’s... Continue Reading →

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