From Within by Richard Thomas

The first time they come to measure my son, he is only eleven years old. Two men knock on the door of our humble home that squats on the outskirts of Shell County, my boy and I eating macaroni and cheese, our eyes turned mid-spoon to the interruption. Outside the darkness is as black as…

Before the stars went out by Star Spider

We had plenty of warning. Day after day the astro-forecasters provided detailed diagrams. Scales of luminosity versus apparent brightness, time and distance scattered across meaningless graphs. Their faces were ashen and their mouths turned down in perpetual frowns but we grew accustomed to their gloom, integrated it into our daily routine as we had always…

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…