Fiction 5.2

Precipitating Factors by Salvatore Zoida

Precipitating Factors by Salvatore Zoida

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 “The same Georgina Farnsworth who emptied her bladder in class after Mrs. Ogilvey called on her to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.” “Her expression . . .” “A face evincing a complex understanding of just how different things would forever […]

Instructions for Building Model Airplanes by Salvatore Zoida

Instructions for Building Model Airplanes by Salvatore Zoida

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 “My daughter greets our dinner guests with a curtsy and a self-referential smile.” “Before introducing herself as mildly schizophrenic.” “You mean episodically.” “To our dinner guests.” “We have raised her to project certain things about herself.” “There is an etiquette […]

Pupa by Joe P. Squance

Pupa by Joe P. Squance

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 That was when I saw him, tiny and impossible, on the cushion of my sofa, glowing in TV light. But let me back up. I’d had an operation, an appendectomy, and spent ten days afterwards convalescing in my apartment under […]

The Lost Soul Boys by Ian Singleton

The Lost Soul Boys by Ian Singleton

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 At school, we have to tuck our shirts in, remove any piercings. We have to buzzcut our hair. They confiscated my skull rings, my spike bracelet, and my handcuff belt. My head aches from the fluorescent light, my butt from […]

Hillbilly by Ben Rogers

Hillbilly by Ben Rogers

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 A TENNIS COURT FENCED IN IVY. A man in a white hat and matching warm-ups feeding volleys to an eager, sunkissed blonde. A gazebo, the centerpiece of a garden, and behind it a swimming pool, flat as glass. The pictures […]

The Flood by Ryan Rivas

The Flood by Ryan Rivas

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Sunlight filtered through gray-blue thunderheads sailing ominously over Miami and into the house where Brandon half-innocently watched the TV stations climb toward porn. Three thousand miles away, his parents awoke to breakfast in bed, hung over from a night of […]

The Moon at Her Feet by Lori Baker Martin

The Moon at Her Feet by Lori Baker Martin

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Parker drank Jim Beam in the deer blind and thought about his dead father. He’d been there for an hour, drinking and watching for deer from the window, his rifle propped on the sill. They’d built it when he was […]

No One Will Know by Rebecca Kanner

No One Will Know by Rebecca Kanner

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Rapture My father was a small man who looked taller sitting down than standing up. He had thirty hairs on his head, and they were all on the left side. He combed them across the top so the little end […]

Your Superpower by Ann Hillesland

Your Superpower by Ann Hillesland

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?” The guy leaned forward and let his long bangs fall over the frames of his trendy glasses. His look was pure San Francisco hipster—black clothes, fog-pale skin, hair gelled so […]

About My Mother by Ann Hillesland

About My Mother by Ann Hillesland

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Everybody always asks about my mother. So talented! She was like a daisy, I say. She was like a cup of black coffee on a rainy afternoon. She was like a lion, roaring out of the ocean. What I don’t say: […]