THE SPACE GOON

August 18, 2015

The space goon tripped over some upstart moon and bent the node on his device. Another awkward start to another awkward time frame. He leaped quickly upright, hoping no one had seen his clumsy fall. In the process of leaping upright, he failed to compensate for gravitational quirks, causing his pants to rip. Thoroughly embarrassed, […]

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SKY AS LIMIT

August 13, 2015

‘The sky’s the limit,’ snarled the bad marigold. ‘Why?’ asked the impertinent seed. ‘Because beyond the sky is space, and there’s no air there,’ mocked the bad marigold. ‘Why?’ asked the inquisitive seed. ‘Because … It’s … There’s … It’s none of your business. Get away from me before something happens that I like and […]

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KINDNESS

August 5, 2015
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The crowd dispersed in sullen dismay after the winning ticket had been drawn. The richest man in town had won again. A bitter Norman Cardwell tore his losing stub into bits, stuffed them into his mouth, chewed them thoroughly into a clump of sog, and spat the clump of sog into the face of a […]

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HAWKINS

July 29, 2015

Hawkins ate the last of the chutney, wiped the slobber from his chin, muscled into his heavy duty parka, and crawled out into the dismissive fury of the storm. Ice brackets slammed into his legs, torso, and head. Tongues of sleet licked mockingly at his slitted eyes. His ears were broken by the storm’s howling […]

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DIAMOND JIM LEDBETTER

July 18, 2015

Diamond Jim Ledbetter spread the pat of butter carefully on the piece of marble rye toast. He then cut the toast in half neatly on the diagonal and arranged the newly created pair of triangular foodstuffs on the blue platter next to the perfect omelet. Whisking away a few stray crumbs with his serviette, he […]

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GIANT PARTNERS IN THE WEST

July 6, 2015

Sassafrass Finn removed the final tumbleweed from his longjohns and tossed it away. ‘Don’t that beat all?’ he said to his partner, Mo Fledge. ‘Tumbleweeds thicker ‘n a barn full of sweetowls ’round here, ain’t it.’ Fledge grunted, absorbed as he was in removing his own plague of troublesome tumbleweeds from his hat, boots, shirt […]

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THE ISLAND

June 30, 2015

You dig your paddle deep, breaking the glossy surface of the lake. Your canoe skims along, cutting a crisp seam in the water. Dig again, twist change, again and again and again. The island seems to grow. It almost leaps forward to meet you. And now, caution abandoned, you ram the shore and leap without […]

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GULT

June 27, 2015

Gult darted glances right and left, then slipped unobserved into the hedge. He dug a hole and settled into it. They’ll never find me here, he thought. And they never did.

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TALMADGE

June 10, 2015
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Talmadge groaned. He wasn’t used to climbing the 684 steps to the top. Leaning on the rail, he had to admit the view was spectacular. Had he not admitted it, Cranston’s threat to punch him in the kidney would have been carried out. Cranston herself evidenced not the slightest physical symptoms of the grueling ascent. […]

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DOLLY’S

May 26, 2015

You follow directions, no questions asked, and sure enough, in green neon, ‘Dolly’s’ sputters at you from above a dark wood door crisscrossed with black studs. In you go. The lounge is lit dim green by inverted conical sconces parading around the walls, providing a mood of languid submarine despair. A long bar on the […]

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