Civil Disobedience ~ Richard Spilman

  McBride received a call from a television station in another state. His daughter, a college student, had been involved in an environmental protest and was killed when a truck going out of the plant ran her down. They wanted him to comment. About her. About the new coal-fired power plant she’d been protesting. About […]

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Delivery ~ Nat Akin

  She had to match up his little socks last. It probably made no difference to anyone else how it got done, just as long as it did. A chore for most. They might save socks for last because you always had to hunt for the other one, the match, at least once in a […]

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The Late Mrs. Larrabee ~ Bruce Ducker

  What was most extraordinary about the neighborhood was how familiar it looked. It was, of course, her own neighborhood, though seven years older, and it looked brighter somehow, and tidied. Some changes she noticed—the Carsons or whoever lived there now had added a room on the side, a sun room or solarium, the Wittenberg […]

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The Peninsula ~ Ethan Chatagnier

    On the bus out to the Cape, Karla caught me marking several of my more important items with my name: my camera strap; my little bag of toiletries; my laptop, which she’d ordered me not to bring; the inside heel of my shoes. “Don’t forget to do your underwear,” she said, reminding me […]

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The Crossing Guard ~ Janis Hubschman

After her daughter rejects her offer of a lift to school for the third time in three days, Jane calls out with strained enthusiasm, “Have an excellent day!”  The door slams and Jane sags.  To cheer herself up, she’ll walk to the library.  God knows she can use the exercise.  She’s put on ten pounds […]

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The Plum-Colored Ocean ~ Beverly Burch

  The twack of a branch breaking, an explosion of red, the impact of hard ground, she remembered only that. She must have lost consciousness, the sun was higher. Or lower. Which? She felt no pain but when she tried to sit up she discovered she couldn’t, except for a little head movement—and there was the […]

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The Match ~ David Ebenbach

  Miri sat for a while with the phone in her hand before she called Richard. She sat in the living room armchair and chewed her bottom lip and tried to think if there was anyone else, even though she’d already been through that; he was, inescapably, the right one. She knew it. “Miri?” he […]

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The Continental ~ Leslee Becker

  Ellen was surprised by the rain in the Costa del Sol and the timid look of the Hotel Continental.  She arrived in Mojacar and the hotel at dusk, hours later than planned.  No one was at the registration desk, and no guests were in sight, yet she felt conspicuous ringing the bell.  The sense […]

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Island Girl ~ L.E. Miller

  After April moved back to Port Ordway, she saw Ben’s mother everywhere. Like a form of karmic payback, Eulalia appeared, all five-feet-ten of her, whenever April had a coffee stain on her blouse or was buying a candy bar to devour on a bad morning. They attended the same city council meetings and Rotary […]

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Active Dying ~ John Picard

  It wasn’t supposed to be this way.  When Jenny imagined her father’s death, she’d always pictured Rob standing next to her, ready with a hug and a comforting word, and her sister and brother-in-law close by offering additional support.  At the appropriate moment, they would all take turns saying goodbye, telling the dying man […]

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