Fiction 6.2

Along for the Ride by Judith Beck

Along for the Ride by Judith Beck

Fiction, Vol. 6.2, June 2012 My father drove his black Ford from the day he bought it until the summer of ’53 when, outside the Howard Johnson’s in King of Prussia, he killed himself, the sedan, and a tree. The tree was ancient, riddled with […]

Nonna Grande by Z. Z. Boone

Nonna Grande by Z. Z. Boone

Fiction, Vol. 6.2, June 2012 A desperate eighteen-year-old will do desperate things. Maybe if it hadn’t been my great grandmother. Maybe if it had been my mother (forty-one and looking pretty good after years of pilates and a little facial work,) or even my grandmother […]

Miles Davis Flew Here by Jeffrey Colvin

Miles Davis Flew Here by Jeffrey Colvin

Fiction, Vol. 6.2, June 2012 Running late, I preferred R. T.’s driving to Cynthia’s any day, even when R. T. reeked of bourbon. If Cynthia had to drive us to school, look out. One morning, smelling like cantaloupe and fried ham, puffing a Camel, Cynthia […]

Bone County Snake Oil by Justin Crawford

Bone County Snake Oil by Justin Crawford

Fiction, Vol. 6.2, June 2012 We were never the pattern of the snake Fading into the pattern of the leaves, Never the empty clarity one glimpses In water falling, in water spreading itself Into the thin white veil of what is never there, The moment […]

Paper Route by Shannon Cuthbert

Paper Route by Shannon Cuthbert

Fiction, Vol. 6.2, June 2012 I live in a village of sheep. Some say sheep outnumber people 20 to 1 in Custard, New Zealand, the town where I live with Da and the twins. Da says Custard is just a tiny dot on the map […]

The Lottery Winners by Carol Deminski

The Lottery Winners by Carol Deminski

Fiction, Vol. 6.2, June 2012 When Eduardo, Susan, James, and Norma found out they each won $4 million dollars in the Wisconsin State Lottery, they all quit their jobs at the factory except Norma, who stayed on for her full pension. The newspaper photo of […]

The Maulana Azad Memorial Lamppost of Panipatnam by James Goldberg

The Maulana Azad Memorial Lamppost of Panipatnam by James Goldberg

Fiction, Vol. 6.2, June 2012 Inspired by the True Life Story of Ramesh Moses Kumar, M.D. If you were to ask me when, exactly, the pain started or how it was, precisely, that I at first failed to notice my urine changing from its usual […]

Elayna by M. M. Owen

Elayna by M. M. Owen

Fiction, Vol. 6.2, June 2012 ‘How is India then? Is it nice for you?’ asked her older sister. ‘It’s very nice,’ I replied. ‘Very hot, but very nice.’ Twak. The game we were playing was a peculiar cross between backgammon and air hockey. I’d seen […]

The Blanket by Charles Rafferty

The Blanket by Charles Rafferty

Fiction, Vol. 6.2, June 2012 Doreen had a bad reputation. The other girls gave you a look if they found out you’d spoken to her. But Doreen and I hung out together anyway at the Rosewood Country Club pool. She’d let me rub lotion into […]

Beckett’s Crib by Michael Ramberg

Beckett’s Crib by Michael Ramberg

Fiction, Vol. 6.2, June 2012 From Bands that Didn’t Matter: Music from the Margins, by Luther Silver. Magic Coda Press, 2003. Take, for instance, Beckett’s Crib. A typical foursome from the Minneapolis club scene, circa 1999. Overall, in the great freewheeling orgy that is the […]