Congo by Eric Grunwald

Ants, little black ones, were crawling over my hand where it supported me on the edge of the blanket, and it was all I could do not to brush them off. But Beth was staring intently into a tree where a cardinal or finch—we hadn’t decided which—was perched, the parts visible to us red against…

Pieces Kept by Lynsey Morandin

I didn’t mean to, but I found them. I wasn’t looking for them, didn’t even know they were there. I was just putting some of your clothes away, piling socks on top of t-shirts on top of pants in the closet, and there it was, the box. Just there behind all your hanging button-ups, a…

Greatest Hits by Nicholas Olson

Julia likes to wrap her naked self in the plastic flowers of my shower curtain when we finish getting high. Marigolds dot her body like pox of sickness, one covering her mouth so I can’t see her tell me she doesn’t love me, can’t, won’t, refuses to, so don’t bother asking. I put on some…

An Inability to Focus by Charles Rafferty

When she asked if Jerry had protection, he showed her the black square of the Trojan. It had been in his wallet for so many months it looked like the wrapper was concealing a monocle. It didn’t look trustworthy in the dim light of her dorm room, and he thought about how dumb the name…

The Spyglass by K.C. Mead-Brewer

I always felt empty as a kid, and some nights I feared I might wake up on the ceiling, floating like a hollow barrel on a dark sea. My Aunt Theo often tried cheering me up, but it wasn’t until I happened upon one of her secrets that it finally did any good. It was…

Two Flash by Evan Anderson

What We Mean You asked: how fast does a body decay? What you meant was: how long can I hold on? You said your heart didn’t hurt like it did at first. What you really meant was that it always hurts. You said hunger and thirst didn’t feel the same as they used to. I…