MEYERS

April 25, 2016

Meyers snapped his briefcase shut and nodded once firmly, well satisfied with the completion of yet another day’s work. He donned his fedora, nodded good evening to the receptionist, nodded good evening to Eddie, the elevator boy, and nodded farewell to Harwell, the guard stationed in the lobby. He passed through the revolving door and […]

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THE SUN CHASER

April 18, 2016

One day a long time ago Simple Septimus, the stable boy, asked his master, ‘What is the sun?’ ‘A great ball of fire,’ replied the master. ‘Where does it go at night?’ said Septimus. ‘Underneath to its golden palace where it rests and takes refreshment. Now get back to work,’ said the master. I would […]

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EDGAR

April 4, 2016

‘Pardon my giraffe,’ said Edgar. ‘Why did that funny man say “Pardon my giraffe”, Mommy?’ said Clarissa. ‘Never mind, darling. Hurry along now,’ said Clarissa’s mother. Edgar continued wandering along the street, bumping into walls, windows, and the occasional parking meter. ‘Say, pal, watch where you’re going,’ said a night watchman on his way to […]

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JADE MINK

March 21, 2016

Jade Mink materialized at Foster’s side and whispered, ‘Don’t trust Allenby.’ Foster, startled by her sudden appearance, responded, ‘Where the devil did you come from?’ ‘Never mind,’ purred Jade Mink, and she melted away into the crowd. Six times that evening at six different gatherings did Jade Mink convey her message to six different titans […]

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THE SEEDS

March 12, 2016

The seeds gathered at the site. Their leader called for silence. The seeds ceased jabbering and paid heed. ‘Our mission is stout, true, and before us waiting,’ said the leader. ‘Let no seed feel impelled to proceed against its will. If any one of you harbors the slightest doubt whatsoever, turn and go in peace. […]

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THE MAN WHO GAVE NO OFFENSE

March 5, 2016

The man who gave no offense rarely emerged from his hiding place for fear he might somehow upset a random stranger met on the street. With this thought foremost in his mind, he set forth only when in direst need between 2 and 3 in the morning to visit refuse bins in search of edible […]

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THE HANDS OF ALVIN PEPLOW

March 1, 2016

The hands of Alvin Peplow, perceiving that Peplow slept, uncoupled themselves from his wrists, as was their nightly custom, and exited the bed chamber. They spidered sideways down the hall in a state of hurrying glee. In a trice they had opened the front door and scuttled down the steps into the abandoned late night […]

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THE EYES

February 22, 2016

‘Can you see the eyes?’ ‘I see them.’ ‘Well?’ ‘They’re closed.’ The two fools edged closer to the immense stone statue. They placed their hands on the cool torso. The eyes remained closed. The signal to proceed was nodded by one of the fools. Up they went until they stood on the statue’s shoulders. The […]

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REWARD

February 9, 2016

Pull back, push down, you row. Glints spatter in the moonlight as the blades of your oars attack the water. The abandoned pier, a black finger, recedes in the distance. You turn your head. The island waits. Sweat drips from the end of your nose. Sweat runs a trickle down your spine. Pull, pull, you […]

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FANWORTH’S DREAM

January 31, 2016

Fanworth’s dream was to be delicately placed in a mental institution and there to be tended by a modest number of dead-eyed strangers. To this end, wearing fiercely orange tights, he drenched himself head to toe in butter fat and sang nonsense in falsetto outside City Hall. Sure enough, he was removed from the scene […]

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