Fiction 4.4

Robert, the Architect by Andrew Bowen

Robert, the Architect by Andrew Bowen

Fiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Robert Townsend had planned his suicide for ten years, and on July 10th, 2010 he took a long, hot shower to set the mood. He wondered if his twin sons were enjoying themselves in Italy, thought about the last time […]

The Piano Lesson by Andrew Wallace Chamings

The Piano Lesson by Andrew Wallace Chamings

Fiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 It was the start of the year and the end of the day. I walked down through the park by the school fields, next to the high frosted hawthorn hedgerow. I walked slowly, with a bruised plum in my satchel […]

The Night Brides by Leah Erickson

The Night Brides by Leah Erickson

Fiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Here, brides fell from the sky, drifting silently through the night like wingless white angels. It happened on certain evenings, lonely evenings, after the dinner dishes were washed, when all the doors were locked and the porch lights turned off. […]

Study Abroad by Regina Faunes

Study Abroad by Regina Faunes

Fiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 The thing that comes to her most clearly is arriving at the lemon grove, the dappled shade, the scent of lemons biting at her thirst, and the sound of birds. Usually she gets this far and wakes up. She tries […]

The Amnesia Academy by Marko Fong

The Amnesia Academy by Marko Fong

Fiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 I wait for the bus at the outfield fringe of my two-man baseball field, the corner in front of my house. The neighbor kids come up to ask, “Lucky, where are you going? Why do you get on a Greyhound […]

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Jennifer Juneau

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Jennifer Juneau

Fiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 I returned downstairs to the living room to find four-year-old Charlotte standing in front of the open face of a humungous dollhouse, a foot taller than herself, with her head peering inside an upstairs bedroom. Her father Marcel was fast […]

The Name of the Helper by Peter D. Kramer

The Name of the Helper by Peter D. Kramer

Fiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 “The fly in the ointment,” Father said, when mother complained about our neighbor, Mr. Handelman. Father had stumbled in his career, so we had moved from Manhattan to Providence, where he joined the Woodcock family business. Mother tried to be […]

Little Lubyanka by Brian Mihok

Little Lubyanka by Brian Mihok

Fiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Theresa put the children to bed. Momma, Russel said, how do I join the Russian mafia? Wherever did you hear of such a thing? Theresa said. From my contacts, Russel said and winked. Then he turned over and went to […]

Sharp Shooter by Brian Mihok

Sharp Shooter by Brian Mihok

Fiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Mendez came home from fighting in the war. She was a sharp shooter. When you can’t really feel the person you are shooting, shooting them seems all the more important, she told the counselor. Let’s switch gears, the counselor said. […]

3 x 2 by D. Quentin Miller

3 x 2 by D. Quentin Miller

Fiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 No, I don’t want the viewer to hate me. I want the viewer to hate himself. “Finally.” Craig shook his head and grinned like a schoolboy, looking down at his feet. He does this whenever he’s trying to be cooler […]