Casting For Meaning – by Lindsey Harrington (writing as Elizabeth Pike)

Age 28, Northwest Pond, Newfoundland The happiest I ever saw my father was on a fishing trip. Stress and swear words as we lurched along the dirt road onshore: “fucking potholes” and “Jesus struts.” Strained conversation and accusations as we wrangled the boat offshore: “How could you forget that?” and “Not that way, for Christ’s […]

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Teatime – by Lindsey Harrington

Hazel rocks herself up from the chair, launching herself on the count of three: “one, two, threeeee,” she grunts. Once she gets her balance, she shuffles to the kitchen to flick on the kettle. Her daughter, Kelly, bought the newfangled electric kettle in April, right after Hazel’s stovetop model boiled dry. She’d been snoozing in […]

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Maddy – by JP Lorence

‘Maddy’ is a short story intended as an adaptation of the Greek tragedy ‘Medea’ by Euripides. The primary characters and plot line have been preserved while translating the setting and time period into modern terms. The household is now an early 1990’s-era Midwestern American trailer park. The main character, Maddy, is a part-time biology student […]

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Collectibles – by Robert Moore

  Human Resources had summoned me by email, my team having missed its quota, when Angie called.  She was crying on her cell phone and her voice was muffled.  Then the signal burst through in painful clarity.  “Karen?  Dad’s dead!” “Are you sure?” I asked her, a stupid question.  “What happened?”  I loitered by a […]

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