Fiction 5.3

Eating Machine by Mark Vannier

Eating Machine by Mark Vannier

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 An early-March ice storm had rendered the back stairwell of my apartment building treacherous for walking, so when I took out the garbage it should have been no surprise that I would lose my footing. Groggy as I was, overcast […]

Lucky Bamboo by Agnieszka Stachura

Lucky Bamboo by Agnieszka Stachura

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 As if we didn’t know. A blind person would’ve caught on to that flirting. A married woman, with a toddler in the house, and here she was acting like the new guy’s own personal cheerleader. Brewing him coffee, bringing him […]

The Sound of the Tree by Paul Sammartino

The Sound of the Tree by Paul Sammartino

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Margaret’s husband came in only a few minutes after he had left. She could hear him calling from the door. “What is it?” Margaret asked, meeting him in the doorway. Their daughter, Anne, came down the stairs. “One of the […]

Fix by Michael Overa

Fix by Michael Overa

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 I can hear Pockets and those two kids talking out there in the front room, picking at a frozen pizza, and I know that their feet are kicked up on a coffee table so battered that Goodwill had thrown it […]

At the Edge of the Woods by Frances Miller

At the Edge of the Woods by Frances Miller

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011  Let’s frighten the dragons,” I said to Pooh. “That’s right,” said Pooh to Me. “I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh, And I held his paw and I shouted “Shoo! Silly old dragons!”- and off they flew. “I wasn’t afraid,” […]

And She Shall Have Music by Khrynn McManus

And She Shall Have Music by Khrynn McManus

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Only similes, only metaphors. And The dream’s the thing looping slickly through the mosh pit of her neurons like a brachiating ape said it too. A year should feel like something, she reasoned. A year should have weight and texture. […]

After the Tire Blew by Cynthia Tracy Larsen

After the Tire Blew by Cynthia Tracy Larsen

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 The edges of this place are muddled. Amelia sits in a chair; the back is too low and the seat cushion feels like it has tennis balls sewn inside. Bill is next to her, squirming in a recliner. “Think a […]

Yarn by Zin Kenter

Yarn by Zin Kenter

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Tatossian began his weekly pilgrimage through the stories of strangers by browsing his memories in the library’s Main Fiction aisles: Ah! the lovely smell of lemon cake in A-B, the invisible sound and fury of a tin drum in E-G. […]

Yes to Ice Cream by Matthew Harrison

Yes to Ice Cream by Matthew Harrison

 Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 When his sister died, Maximilian called nobody. He sat on the straight-backed chair in Gwendolyn’s bedroom. A bamboo tray in his lap held a piece of peanut butter toast and a yellow mug of coffee. Between bites and sips, he […]

The Traveler by Amanda Fiore

The Traveler by Amanda Fiore

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Chanarong has been catching fish for the woman for almost four years now. Though he has lived in Thailand since he was two and a half, it will never be his home. One day he will go back to the […]