Silent Walls ~ Philippa Holloway

Sweden, 2007 While she peels potatoes and heats water in a pan he comes into the kitchen to talk to her. As she turns from the sink to the stove they almost collide and he laughs and leans down to kiss her nose. She reddens and busies herself with the boiling water, heating butter in […]

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Talking About The Tango ~ Rochelle Distelheim

  She brought him home from the hospital in June, bumping up the back stairs from the garage, his tall, too thin body leaning against her for support until, exhausted, he collapsed onto the wooden bench in the front hall and, in spite of his pale face and labored breathing, grinned up at her with […]

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The Book of Evening and Delight ~ Randy Nelson

  Helena finds the little book in one of the archive boxes from the Deagan estate.  She lays it aside because she’s looking for treasure—a Dickens serialization or maybe a Poe first edition.  She needs something rare, something odd or spectacular, that can go into the front window of the shop.  After sorting and cataloguing […]

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The Karate Boys ~ Karen Auvinen

  The Karate Boys got their start in the aftershock of Ingrid Liddy’s big landing in Pine, two days after the snow finally let up that spring. Donna had booked a band for the Merc and made her special spaghetti dinner, an annual gesture meant to celebrate the first inkling of thaw. Restless from the […]

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After Daniel ~ MaryEllen Beveridge

      Helene Adams guided the car haltingly into the garage and shut the engine. She held the steering wheel and turned her profile toward the street, listening. Crickets hummed weakly in the grass. A light wind moved through the leaves on the trees, making a sound like paper being bunched in a nervous […]

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Anniversary Dinners ~ Alex McElroy

    1. Grilled Alaska Salmon with apricot balsamic reduction; risotto; local mustard greens; house chardonnay. Stuffed filet mignon with whiskey peppercorn sauce; smashed rosemary potatoes; house merlot. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookie presented in a cast-iron baking pan. Served a la mode. 2. Baked swordfish with citrus ginger glaze; organic wild rice; pan-seared asparagus; […]

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Adrift ~ Heather A. Slomski

The rainstorm came on all at once—a pelting, August rain that no one, it seemed, had anticipated, as there wasn’t a single umbrella open anywhere on the street. Sina grabbed Lewis’s arm and they ran toward the red awning at the entrance of the three-story brick building. Across the street to their right, Lake Ontario […]

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Bequest ~ Jessica Treadway

    The woman her husband had married after he left her was the last person Jean expected to hear from.  When the phone rang she thought it would be her daughter and her grandchildren, calling to wish her a happy birthday.  She was buttering an English muffin and boiling an egg, treating herself to […]

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