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What To Do About Arthur?

Ronnie Ray Jenkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ronnie Ray Jenkins

It was a quiet tree lined street in an older part of a neighborhood just outside of the city. The houses for the most part were modest, and owned by u...

The New Suit

Ron Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ron Friedman

On his 75th birthday my father walked into the kitchen freshly shaved and dressed in a pair of tan gabardine slacks and a white dress shirt open at th...

The Twenty-Dollar Bill

BD Feil | Posted 11.30.2013 | Fifty
BD Feil

Between what should have been done and what he did not do, between what should have been said and what he did not say, between roads perchance travell...

Wishes Haunting Dreams

Steffan Gilbert | Posted 09.23.2013 | Fifty
Steffan Gilbert

In these parts, they talk about the 'Woman of the Hills', who wanders the roads keening for the lover who betrayed her. In an uncanny white gown she r...

The Nir Tamid

Elaine Rosenberg Miller | Posted 09.16.2013 | Fifty
Elaine Rosenberg Miller

She stared up at the tablets. Hebrew letters were carved into the wood. Five commandments per tablet, separate but joined. The first set referred...

The Clothesline

Ron Spangler | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty
Ron Spangler

The mound of brown soil and black clothes of the small assemblage stood in sharp contrast to the brilliance of the surrounding fall colors. Bill stoo...

The Beast

Carmen Amato | Posted 11.01.2013 | Fifty
Carmen Amato

Her opponent's flailing hand connected with the bridge of her nose and Emilia Cruz Encinos heard the snap before she felt the pain. Her eyes watered a...

The Passing Party

Beth Elisa Harris | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Beth Elisa Harris

Jenna glanced over the party planning list one last time. Everything seemed to be in relatively sane order. She wanted the event to be as close to per...

Lemon Trees In California

Anne Stark | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty
Anne Stark

Before the weather turned, the Santa Ana winds arrived, and after my husband left me, I started jogging in the early mornings. The gray light spread ...

Mine Rescue

Ruth Webb | Posted 10.12.2013 | Fifty
Ruth Webb

A coal mine is a singularly ugly place, she thought, especially in winter. There was hardly any snow left on the ground, just a few piles here and t...

Ladies Room

Kevin McIlvoy | Posted 10.05.2013 | Fifty
Kevin McIlvoy

Len had spent eleven years cleaning the Mens rooms and the Ladies rooms in Mr. Prudowsky's three Asheville bars. Fine, private places. Marvelous ven...

Everywhere, Now

Elizabeth Crane | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Elizabeth Crane

A big black dog sleeps on a sofa in Texas with his paws curled into his chest. The front door opens and a baby person comes into the house with the d...

Pearl

Christiana Langenberg | Posted 09.20.2013 | Fifty
Christiana Langenberg

Christiana Louisa Langenberg is the author of the bilingual collection of stories Half of What I Know. Her second collection of stories, Here is What ...

Long Pond

Eamonn Lorigan | Posted 09.14.2013 | Fifty
Eamonn Lorigan

It was Debra, her headstrong one, who insisted that they go to Long Pond. At first she demured, citing Willard's condition as an excuse. "It's a lo...

And Hope Will Not Disappoint Us

Neva Bodin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Fifty
Neva Bodin

Hulda Kleinschmidt felt the cold November wind filter through the coarse weave of her black sweater as she guided her three children away from the Dak...

Wormhole

Robert Morgan Fisher | Posted 08.31.2013 | Fifty
Robert Morgan Fisher

Two days after the earthquake--not the Big One, just a tectonic joint-pop--Burrows hiked into the hills behind his Tarzana neighborhood and made an in...

The Deal

Benny Sims | Posted 06.30.2013 | Fifty
Benny Sims

Sometimes, if you give someone enough rope, they'll hang themselves. Or, if they do what's right, they'll use it to tie up their demons. That's what h...

Dark Matters

Laura Friedman | Posted 08.26.2013 | Fifty
Laura Friedman

"Ha! They've found the 'god particle'!" Ra exclaimed, raising his hand. An ornate mahogany table instantly appeared as he brought his hand down with a...

Written In Stone

Elizabeth Kurecka | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Elizabeth Kurecka

He didn't want to lose her again. Marcie had been his best friend, his dream girl, as long as he could remember. They'd grown up together, shot marble...

A Kite Story

Gene Adkins | Posted 08.19.2013 | Fifty
Gene Adkins

Two weeks before the start of school in California's Salinas Valley, my best friend, Arturo, rode his bicycle into the yard of the small farm where I ...

Fluffy: A Fable For Mice Of All Ages

Liz Pinto | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Liz Pinto

Fluffy knew in his bones that Flo would soon be a goner. It wasn't so much the stiffness in her hands and feet, or the way her shoulders arched furthe...

The Mattress

Donna Marie Williams | Posted 08.17.2013 | Fifty
Donna Marie Williams

Like most old folks of her generation, Grandma died without a will. As if on cue, all her broke and triflin kin descended, scraping and clawing at ea...

Consider The Lily

Bebe Kelly | Posted 08.14.2013 | Fifty
Bebe Kelly

Bebe Kelly: Reclusive; retired software engineer; faithful reader; gardener; collector of languages and words. Deep in the woods outside of town, wh...

Brush With Wealth

Deborah Batjer | Posted 08.13.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Batjer

Deborah Batjer served as a past editor of "Puget Soundings," a bimonthly publication showcasing the Northwest's art and literary talent, regional issu...

Seeing The World

Joe Malone | Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty
Joe Malone

Joe Malone, technical writer, was laboring over a novel when his shrink suggested sticking to pieces that could be read in minutes. The rest is histor...