This is Hal, an infantryman, just come back from war. His eyes were sore because he’d been up for thirty-four hours, but he was wide awake. He was driving on a dark road, slick with mist, that swirled around the mountains through the trees. His daughter, Molly, was staying up late to see him. His […]Read more "This is Hal"
Claire was sitting at the counter, eating her canned chili out of a bowl. It was salty and overcooked and she needed to go shopping for more supplies so she could actually cook something. She swallowed a bit of the beefy stuff and washed it down with a gulp of two-buck chuck. The taste of […]Read more "Gateway"
A high school-aged girl celebrates her birthday in an institution. [3700 words]Read more "Cupcake"
A frat boy promises his girlfriend he won’t go to the party tonight, but the guys talk him into going. [6900 words]Read more "A Night for Brothers"
The ‘78 Chevy pickup came down the road in a plume of dust. When it jolted to a halt, the dirt caught up and wrapped around it before settling like a fog. The night was bright under the gibbous moon. “Stay in the truck,” he barked. He whipped the keys from the ignition and shoved […]Read more "The Chevy on the Long Dirt Road"
“Why are you turning here?” said Loretta. “It’s faster,” said Mick, spinning the steering wheel. “Umm…OK,” said Loretta. Mick kept his eyes on the road, shifting gears from second to third, accelerating the car onto the black smear of tarmac called Edison Avenue. The high beams cut into the night a few hundred feet, and […]Read more "Edison Avenue"