Harvest of Night Seeds by Rose Blackthorn

Harvest of Night Seeds by Rose Blackthorn Crickets chirped beyond the garden, their repetitive symphony so common that Tracy barely noticed it anymore. The night air was cool, and stars sparkled in a clear sky like glitter thrown…

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What We Do for Love by Rose Blackthorn

What We Do for Love by Rose Blackthorn L’thyros lay quietly, listening to the incoming surf. The rhythmic pounding of the waves was almost hypnotic, reminiscent of listening to his heartbeats. He had laid his great head against…

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The Existence of Posters by J.J. Steinfeld

The Existence of Posters by J.J. Steinfeld It was a Sunday, early in the morning, on the first day of summer, when an amorous young man of twenty, leaving a married, older woman’s apartment, saw the beautiful poster…

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Nestor’s Last Valentine’s Day by J. J. Steinfeld

Nestor’s Last Valentine’s Day by J. J. Steinfeld Nestor, a retired and renowned (though he was always modest about his scientific achievements) astrophysicist of seventy-three, a month ago had left his wife of fifty years for the remarkable…

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Night Walk by Aeryn Rudel

Night Walk by Aeryn Rudel I watch the sun sink below the trees to the west and curse silently. I have no chance of reaching Delta Base before nightfall. The winter night comes quickly in the Northwest, and…

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Habeas Corpus By Julia Watson

Habeas Corpus by Julia Watson I breathe out slow, lying on the gazebo roof in Crestfield Park. I used to lay here and face the sky, making cloud shapes, counting stars. Today I’ve got a job to do.…

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Playing with Fire by Suzie Lockhart

Playing with Fire by Suzie Lockhart I conceal myself amidst a cluster of bushes, watching the human woman. She arrives nearly every evening, at about the same time. She wanders the docks, as if searching for something. All…

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Habemus Papam by Desmond Warzel

Habemus Papam by Desmond Warzel The crowd in Saint Peter’s Square had begun to form just after dawn, and though its composition varied from hour to hour, it eventually assumed a mood of its own, equal parts melancholy…

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Where Sea and Sky Kiss by Dan Campbell

Where Sea and Sky Kiss by Dan Campbell Illness skulked about the village, hiding in the alley fish-rot and grasping at coats in the fog. The sea misted up and smothered the houses, as if already holding the…

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The Lovely Amaryllis by Brian Justus

The Lovely Amaryllis by Brian Justus From: <Ruth Tate> To: <Frankie’s email>; <Melanie Tate> Sent: Friday, March 18, 2016 9:47 PM Subject: Lovely Amaryllis! Dear Frankie, Thank you so very much for your card and the beautiful amaryllis!…

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