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Tales From The Toofaan Express

Ishrat Husain | Posted 03.09.2015 | Fifty
Ishrat Husain

It is nearing dusk. The woman across the street wearing a burka looks like Nazneen. Hoping to catch a glimpse of her face, I run toward her. Startled,...


Toni Volk | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Toni Volk

The night was clear, the air dry, the temperature hot. Except for the distant cries of monkeys, and a rustle of wings that suggested bats nearby, it w...

The Diary

Tom Garrett | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Tom Garrett

I ran into Wendy at the Humane Society Pet Adoption event today. It wasn't a coincidence. Sometimes when I know where she's going to be, I find a wa...

Stealing Life

Holly Whiteoak | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Holly Whiteoak

Damn. He's there again. I catch him out of the corner of my eye as I turn down the produce aisle. I move over to the wall of vegetables, so I can obse...

The Cleansing

Glenn Diamond | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty
Glenn Diamond

The wretched practice of telephone sales is rarely selected by choice, but endured as a consequence of misfortune, desperation, or poor life skills. ...

Bruised Silence

Pamela McMahon-Miller | Posted 05.19.2014 | Fifty
Pamela McMahon-Miller

Derwood Trexler drove his SUV along the busy two-lane road, occasionally glancing into his rear view mirror at the trail of cars behind him. The pain...


Ira Greenfest | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty
Ira Greenfest

"Writing is discovery. You don't know what you're going to feel until you feel it," said Mr. Teicher, her slightly potbellied English teacher. He was ...

A Knight On The Town

Mark Budman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Fifty
Mark Budman

It's a midsummer night, a party at a friend's backyard. You stand under a newly-erected tent, clutching a paper cup filled with diet cranberry juice. ...

In The Word

Willett Thomas | Posted 02.10.2014 | Fifty
Willett Thomas

It had been two weeks since the child was delivered to my doorstop. Two months since I stood on my stoop and watched the woman with her little foster ...

Rattlesnakes & The Moon

Darlin’ Neal | Posted 02.03.2014 | Fifty
Darlin’ Neal

The full moon shines into the bedroom. Scotty gets up, careful not to wake his wife, Sophie, and goes into the kitchen to take the insulin he forgot e...

Mandarian Training School

Mary Maddox | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty
Mary Maddox

She has forgotten their names, but she remembers the nicknames Zitrina gave them. "Zitrina" was the nickname inflicted on Zitrina by herself. Her pa...

Taking Applications

Roxie Emerson | Posted 03.15.2014 | Fifty
Roxie Emerson

Reality TV is basically surreal. So is the art of dating. Just how many "How To" and "How Not To" books are out there? The lines just blur. . . One...

The Woman Of Many Containers

Chuck Nyren | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Her arm was in the air. She studied it - first lengthwise, then side to side with patient rotations, then by kneading and pinching it. She reached f...

Shadowed Solitude

Donald Baker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Donald Baker

Vince hid the look of disbelief as he stared at the twenty-something punk who had just asked him the ridiculous question. Worse, had done it with a s...


Eugenie de Rosier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Eugenie de Rosier

Susan Benedict was leaving the grocery store when she noticed a black man in a leather fedora waiting at the bus stop some distance off. A clerk pushe...


Kathlena Contreras | Posted 02.15.2014 | Fifty
Kathlena Contreras

"Mama?" A tapping sound. "Mama, open the door. Please?" Hesitation, listening, maybe, then three sharp knocks. "Mama, please come out, please!" Dee b...

Ol' One-With-Nature

Pieter Hudsen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Fifty
Pieter Hudsen

Sometimes it is necessary to lie about the little things in order to tell a larger truth. Like the time I was attacked by a herd of bears. I was ...

Did They Tell You

Greg Kiser | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty
Greg Kiser

The light is dark and somehow blurry but that doesn't make any sense because that's not how you describe light. Light is photons and photons are not ...

The Death Of Peter Rabbit: A Tale From The Shire

Steve Davis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Steve Davis

Smithshire is a town born of a railroad from a prairie bog, less than a town but more than a crossroads, in fact no road crosses in Smithshire, but th...

The Red River Virus

David Wildman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
David Wildman

He doesn't know how long it's been since he first squeezed his eyelids shut to double the darkness. He's been thinking about how the closing of eyes d...

Assisted Living

John Ellsworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
John Ellsworth

You know me. I'm the old guy walking toward you on the sidewalk, a young but matronly woman by my side. Her look says she would like to take me by t...

Lesson Plan

D.N. Campbell | Posted 11.04.2013 | Fifty
D.N. Campbell

Teaching seventh grade is certainly a challenge, some would say a problem and a few, a horror. This used to be described as a time of transition from ...

Skeletons And Angels

Eric Schneider | Posted 12.31.2013 | Fifty
Eric Schneider

"Shhh! Hannah! You must keep him quiet," Arthur hissed, "or we will die here!" Late one night in the fall of 1937, Hannah and Arthur Bloomberg hid in...


Leslie Lass | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Leslie Lass

Chapter One He kill Win in the wood and dump her in the soupy part of the Sunderland. All the children was woo-wooing down the street with the candy ...

Time/Space Discontinuum

Kay S. Hooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Kay S. Hooper

My key opens Mom's apartment door, but I call for her anyway, not wanting to frighten her by my sudden appearance. I wonder if she is dressed or if sh...