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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Coyote ~ Amy Gustine

    She sees him first at the back of the lot, belly-deep in snow by the wild grape.  Alec sits at the table, eating the new organic eggs.  It’s Valentine’s Day. Cory calls her husband Scott.  “What do coyotes look like?”  “Uh, like a dog, I guess.  Long snout maybe.” “I think I saw […]

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The Chant of Four Rain Horse ~ Jeffrey Ihlenfeldt

  Glug-Glug the Frog Boy would swallow anything, as the legend was told, and the posters and press releases announcing his arrival attested to that and spelled it out quite specifically: “from live trout to fluorescent tubes, from brass finishing nails to chrome hood ornaments.”    It wasn’t Glug-Glug that drew me to Sierra Salida—that is, […]

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Silence ~ Serena Crawford

    On an afternoon when Catherine was able to duck away from the Quiet Adventures tour group, in between two lectures she was signing for the traveling hearing-impaired, she took a taxi to a village outside of Taipei, to a small English school where she’d once taught.  She’d lived on the third floor in […]

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Private Lives ~ Bruce Ducker

  The call caught Elliot off guard, as if he’d been caught peeping into a window of Amanda Ward’s bedroom.  In fact, when the phone rang, he was standing in the enclosed sun porch, in his very own home, stealing an oblique glance at the Ward home.  And wondering—in an idle and muddled whimsy of […]

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