Vols. 3.1 – 3.4

Potato Blossoms by Okla Elliott

Potato Blossoms by Okla Elliott

Drama, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 CHARACTERS Megan: Early twenties. Jasper: Megan’s older brother. Late twenties. Setting: Megan’s front lawn. Present time. AT RISE: MEGAN is positioning a pair of life-sized art mannequins. She is recreating the scenes from a photo album and including herself in […]

Wands and Paddles by Sam Allard

Wands and Paddles by Sam Allard

Fiction, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 WALLY B. – THE EVENING OF WARNER BROTHERS’ HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE’S USA MIDNIGHT RELEASE Cleveland, 8:44 p.m. – A bespectacled fatso in a trench coat gives me one of those heavy looks, dripping with deep and likely […]

The Mouse by CL Bledsoe

The Mouse by CL Bledsoe

Fiction, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 After his sister moved out, Boy decided to move into her room, which was bigger and had windows (Boy’s room was actually the old den, which was in the center of the house with no out-facing walls for windows). But […]

When Stars Die by Alec Bryan

When Stars Die by Alec Bryan

Fiction, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 §”When Stars Die” is Part II of IV of a novel; Part I, “The Tugs and Pulls of Existence,” appeared in Prick of the Spindle Vol. 3.2. Read it here. After the restless night of wobbling back and forth in […]

The Sound That’s Left by Alana Dakin

The Sound That’s Left by Alana Dakin

Fiction, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Elijah woke to the sound of eggshells cracking. Blinking and wiping the corners of his mouth, he stumbled out of bed and made his way slowly in the direction of the kitchen. Pale morning light filtered into the yellow room […]

The Way of the World by Mike Florian

The Way of the World by Mike Florian

Fiction, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Gaston Tardif was the handyman and jack-of-all-trades at Carmelo’s Lodge in this northeastern corner of Quebec. He did everything Josephine Carmelo asked him to do. He made sure the Evinrudes were running each morning before the guests started their fishing […]

The Two Roses by Nels Hanson

The Two Roses by Nels Hanson

Fiction, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 You go along and go along, busy with work and friends, one week flows into the next. Everything seems fine. Then one day—for me it was a Friday in March, 20 years ago—without expecting it, you change. It’s not like […]

Homebound by April Heaney

Homebound by April Heaney

Fiction, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 At first, the absence of her body mattered little in the face of her relief. She could remember images and feelings, every detail intact and effortlessly revived. After all, Margo had always chided her friends that people paid too much […]

Blanket of Ivory by Teresa Houle

Blanket of Ivory by Teresa Houle

Fiction, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Diane couldn’t shake her compunction. Though eight and a half months had passed, nothing felt right anymore. Their conversation played out in her dreams, and stilled her during everyday errands. “Do you want me to go or not?” Vince had […]

The Bee King by Julie Innis

The Bee King by Julie Innis

Fiction, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Harold’s shinbones ached before every rain, which was how he knew to call his wife to bring in the laundry. It wasn’t that Edie couldn’t judge the weather, it’s just that she chose not to, losing herself in her bees. […]