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First Date by Timothy Day

At dinner she told me we were going to a precipitation-themed party. I’d picked the restaurant, as per our agreement, and the party was up to her. Our waiter was funny. He had this game going where he pretended the kitchen was some kind of war-zone, and when he brought us our food, he did…

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Tell Us Something We Don’t Know by Louis Wenzlow

AI Charlie’s tied me to a street sign with uber-plastic string that’s sharper than a wire garrote. It’s cutting into my wrists and ankles, but that’s the least of my worries. Alpha droid’s deploying pre-interrogation warm ups on my left ear with a laser knife while two Omegas kick back and watch. Every time I…

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Bottom of the World by Ron Gibson, Jr.

Nona and I are on a couch, in a room I do not recognize. The walls are lined with inlaid shelves of old books, like I have always wanted. No titles visible, drab and beautiful as Moscow tenements. I watch her drawing a comic strip with Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck, as Tom Waits’s growl…

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Dinner at Jack’s by Jill Hand

Before she was Flame she was Amber, and before that she was Candi. Before that she was Tiffany, and before that she was plain old Mary Ellen. One thing remained constant throughout all her name changes and that was her profession, which was the world’s oldest. Flame was getting ready for work. Unlike other women in her profession…

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The Alabaster Man by Jennifer Todhunter

I met Ben in the park on a Wednesday evening, when a yellowed slice of moon hung sideways in the sky. A humming reverberated between his lips, his vocal cords conducting an orchestral masterpiece. He sat beneath an old willow tree, its wispy arms sweeping the grassy floor. I thought he was a statue at…

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The Things He Says by Ross McCleary

He says the sun only shines because a globe in his house is pointing out of the window. Sunbeams fracture against it, lighting up the sky. He says he joined the indie rock scene so he could one day rise above it. He says he scores his songs by measuring the tonal fluctuations in interviews…