Fiction 7.2

The Last Summer by Jens Birk

The Last Summer by Jens Birk

Fiction, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 Years later, Erik would remember that dinner. He would remember the bird that flew past the terrace, as if in slow motion, taking in the details of their food before settling on a nearby branch of an oak tree. It […]

Preludes by Matthew Burnside

Preludes by Matthew Burnside

Fiction, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 There is the story of the girl with a cactus heart who, upon waking every morning would find in the bathtub a key to a different door. The story of the girl who would, upon scooping sleep from her eyes […]

Doves on Trafalgar Square by Zuzanna Fimińska

Doves on Trafalgar Square by Zuzanna Fimińska

Fiction, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 To Simon, in case the book thing doesn’t work out. I was standing in front of the Bodleian Library when she trotted down the stairs of the Radcliffe Camera, brown leather bag hanging on her shoulder, a stack of paper […]

The Weeping Woman by Mario J. Gonzales

The Weeping Woman by Mario J. Gonzales

Fiction, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 There is a magic in being Mexican; the same magic that makes poverty just bearable. When I was a child my magic was especially powerful. With it I could make trees disappear and cats howl like coyotes. I could change […]

Leave as Found by Carl Hauck

Leave as Found by Carl Hauck

Fiction, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 By Monday morning’s end, the torrential deluge of e-mails and phone calls had eased to a steady drip, one that Walton hoped to syncopate with coffee sips and fantasy baseball substitutions for the remainder of the afternoon. If all went […]

Adults Only by Karen E. Kachra

Adults Only by Karen E. Kachra

Fiction, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 Fancy dreaming you owned the whole world and wanted to put it in your mouth. Adam walked early and he ran soon after—a source of pride as well as annoyance for Laura. She chased him around the house, prying décor […]

Invitation to a Rape by Cheryl Diane Kidder

Invitation to a Rape by Cheryl Diane Kidder

Fiction, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 We thought they wanted what we wanted—a kind ear, a shoulder, a helping hand, romance maybe, if we were real lucky. We’d vetted them as best we could—friend of a friend, classmate, co-worker, former professor, neighbor’s son. They were rarely […]

The Church of the Living God and Rescue Home for Divine and Orphaned Children by Kimberly Lojewski

The Church of the Living God and Rescue Home for Divine and Orphaned Children by Kimberly Lojewski

Fiction, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 My best friend, Milagros, squeezes solid crystals out of her eyes twice a day that are generally semi-precious: beryl, amethyst, emerald, the especially painful rough ruby, watermelon tourmaline, aquamarine, and even sometimes the occasional diamond. Her mother used to sit […]

The Noise He Brought by Johanna Stoberock

The Noise He Brought by Johanna Stoberock

Fiction, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 It wasn’t that Penny minded having Cody back in the house. She loved it. She’d thought that when he left for college she’d lost him, or at least a part of him that was her son, but now, here he […]

Suburban Lullaby by Kristen Hamelin Tracey

Suburban Lullaby by Kristen Hamelin Tracey

Fiction, Vol. 7.2, June 2013 We’d borrowed Weezie’s parents’ convertible for the night and we drove top-down, sharp spring wind and hairdos be damned. She wore a tiny red silk dress by Anna Sui, I a filmy gold Nicole Miller—but it would turn out that […]