Fiction 2.3

Blood Red by Me-K Ahn

Blood Red by Me-K Ahn

Fiction, Vol. 2.3, Sept. 2008 The trouble with the apartment began last Tuesday, when three men came to take the windows away. I peered around the metal door of my apartment and pretended to understand the tall one’s staccato words, which blurred in my ears. […]

Second Comings by Elizabeth Alexander

Second Comings by Elizabeth Alexander

Fiction, Vol. 2.3, Sept. 2008 for Kieran Jendro I had been warned by Mrs. Shirley, who taught me everything. She showed me how to bait a fishing hook, feign attention in Sunday School, and transfer a rabbit decal onto a dyed blue egg. In high […]

Little Town for the Dead by Anna Britten

Little Town for the Dead by Anna Britten

Fiction, Vol. 2.3, Sept. 2008 Reuben wants his photo taken next to Jim Morrison. I want mine taken next to Edith Piaf. We’re in Père Lachaise, a little town for the dead. Sugar-white tombs, fences and shrubbery. All that’s missing are verandahs and jugs of […]

A Million Miles by Verless Doran

A Million Miles by Verless Doran

 Fiction, Vol. 2.3, Sept. 2008 Thirty years, and over one million miles of road. That’s what he had under his belt. That was his life. A seventy-mile-an-hour journey counted by mile markers on the side of the interstate and the clicking of the odometer. And […]

Hurbestone the Magnificent by Steven Gillis

Hurbestone the Magnificent by Steven Gillis

 Fiction, Vol. 2.3, Sept. 2008 “Ahh,” said Hurbestone, and stood as soon as he saw her. The gesture was old school, performed with the slightest bob of his head. “Please,” he’d been waiting for some time, up in his studio. “I was worried,” he told her, not afraid to […]

Winter River by Tai Dong Huai

Winter River by Tai Dong Huai

 Fiction, Vol. 2.3, Sept. 2008 The surname of the Taizhou orphanage’s administrator was River, and we, the discarded, were also called River. Adopted on the same day as I was a set of twins, Peaceful River and Noble River. I was Winter River. My adoptive […]

A Human Being, Vehemently in Spite of Himself by Joe Lalia

A Human Being, Vehemently in Spite of Himself by Joe Lalia

Fiction, Vol. 2.3, Sept. 2008 Bastien often considers the possibility of existing solely in someone else’s thoughts. He does so because I created him, and this is his hamartia. When Bastien is considering himself the discharge of someone else’s synaptic fire, he likes to compare […]

House to House by Nathan Leslie

House to House by Nathan Leslie

Fiction, Vol. 2.3, Sept. 2008 1. I want to immerse myself.  At this point in my life this is all I want—my body surrounded by water.  I bathe.  I swim in the pool for hours.  I surround myself with refreshment.  I am exhausted, drained.  Little […]

Girl by Kerri Quinn

Girl by Kerri Quinn

Fiction, Vol. 2.3, Sept. 2008 The summer of 1968, my mother, Susan, was beautiful. And thin. She taped pictures of Twiggy to the refrigerator, dyed her hair strawberry blonde and ate Saltine crackers while sitting on the fire escape watching the river swallow the night […]

Best for Flight by Liz Radford

Best for Flight by Liz Radford

Fiction, Vol. 2.3, Sept. 2008 Late June, Curt and Myra drove from the city with her boy. On their way out of town in the heat and hard light and under the cloudless blue bearing down, the apartment buildings, the cars parked end to end, […]