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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PERKINS AND THE MILD MANNERED BLOWFISH

May 10, 2015
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The last thing Perkins expected to see was a mild mannered blowfish sitting across the table from her in the Automat. For this reason she froze in place with the hash loaded fork midway on its journey to her mouth. ‘Don’t be alarmed, young lady. The day couldn’t be lovelier. The weather couldn’t be nicer. […]

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THE PROBLEMATICAL WALRUS

May 5, 2015

Stennis was somewhat taken aback when he arrived at work only to find a walrus blocking the entrance to his cubicle. Feigning a lack of concern, he dallied at the water cooler frantically calculating his options. ‘Nice walrus,’ said Artemis, passing by. ‘Had it long?’ ‘Huh? Oh yeah. Thanks,’ mumbled Stennis. ‘Harold, what a handsome […]

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ESCAPE

April 27, 2015
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You fling yourself into the ditch and burrow frantically, covering yourself with fallen leaves. Your heart hammers in your chest. You hold your breath and tremble in silence. The horses thunder by. You wait. You wait. You wait until you can wait no more. You gasp, take in air with a shuddering sob. They’ll be […]

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