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The Strength of Horseradish by Shoshana Surek

Five children kept eyes on the father. They hid behind small Passover haggadahs and counted fingerprints on the prayer book’s cover, fingerprints left behind by Manischewitz wine. Each fingerprint represented a plague upon the Egyptians. Represented stories told and retold by the father. Dom, Tzfardeyah, Kinim he recited. Dom, Tzfardeyah, Kinim the five children repeated.…

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Best of the Net Nominations

Lovely CC Readers: Let’s just get right to it, shall we? The cows are feeling antsy to share the news. Here are our nominations for Best of the Net: Flash Fiction The Rascally Rabbit by Kim Magowan Twelve Things Only the Mosquitoes Know by Kathryn McMahon Poetry Father-Daughter Hands by Todd Dillard Cephalofoil by Chloe…

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Cryptozoology by Todd Dillard

Father was a hunter of mythical beasts. He kept a Yeti rug in the den. One time he sat me on a stuffed Pegasus and couldn’t fathom why I cried and cried. Mother in the kitchen, scowling over a pot roast. Kraken again? She brandished a frying pan at my father in the endearing way…

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Little Black Holes by Christopher Stanley

They take our children first. I’m walking Eddie home from school when we hear a horn sounding over and over. Up ahead I can see four of his classmates blocking the road. They just stand there, slack shouldered, staring at the shadows under the bus. The driver hits his horn again, shouting at them to…