Issue 15/16 Flash Fiction

Saltine Existence

Saltine Existence 1376 920 Elizabeth Estochen

I’ve been reveling in things I’m not supposed to. Twirling Q-tips deep into my ear canals. Eating food that sits out overnight. Digging little ruptures in my skin. Staying awake…

Spent Casings, Littered Sidewalk, Yellow Placard #3

Spent Casings, Littered Sidewalk, Yellow Placard #3 1920 1440 Steve Chang

So I still watch those old FOX-11 Gangland Specials on my VCR. Yes, I taped them. No, it’s not a big deal. I only watch them late at night. This…

Cold Marbles

Cold Marbles 1080 810 Ali Littman

A woman is outside at five a.m., hugging herself, telling her dog to pee. Silver webs through her pink-blonde hair. Her slippers sandpaper across the cement. Before all this started,…

The Baby down There

The Baby down There 1280 853 Chelsea Laine Wells

Baby choked to death on a cherry pit. You’re not supposed to give them the cherries with pits. Gummy mouth, tight little throat. Later he isn’t sure if it was him…

Birds, Flapping

Birds, Flapping 1920 1280 Judy Darley

The smaller bedroom had a cream carpet and a pair of birds painted on the wall in gold, blue, and emerald green. “Previous residents used this room as a nursery,”…

Husbandry

Husbandry 1920 1920 Patricia Q. Bidar

My landlord has left a lumpily-rolled joint on my breakfast bar. “Doo-bie mellow!” his note says. I don’t really mind that he keeps barging in. A lean and sporty retiree,…

Ink from Ashes

Ink from Ashes 1920 1280 Charles Ellis

When the ashfall came, we stayed indoors, and when it stopped, we dug ourselves out. We were far enough from the eruption that nothing had burned, but when the rain…

Heat

Heat 1080 1080 Alexa Dark

Other than the heat, nothing else here has changed. The cobblestone on the streets is as old as ever, and so are the yayas, who still perch on their balconies…

Splinter

Splinter 1080 720 Julie Cadman-Kim

None of Betsy McCormack’s teeth fell out; they just grew in on top of each other like a shark’s. When she finally got the baby teeth removed this spring, that’s…

Santiago

Santiago 1280 853 Jo Varnish

We realize just outside Viana do Castelo we have a stowaway. We had woven our way through the warm evening up the Portuguese coast, quiet from an afternoon spent on…

Ellaria Jane Peterson Is Going to Die

Ellaria Jane Peterson Is Going to Die 1920 1080 Sandra K. Barnidge

Ellaria Jane Peterson is going to die. She has always known this about herself, the way everyone knows this about themselves, but she has not really believed she was destined…

Stinky Tofu

Stinky Tofu 1920 1246 Kristen Loesch

I like to describe what stinky tofu smells like to anyone who’s never smelled it. Skunks. Rotten eggs. Dog’s breath. Stinky enough that people can’t tell if they’re eating it…

Up Next: I Dye My Hair Blond

Up Next: I Dye My Hair Blond 1080 1116 Téa Franco

Curly-haired girls, I promise you this video is going to solve your biggest problems. For those of you who are new here, my name is Xiomara—welcome to my channel Xo…

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