Bad to the Bone: A Guide to Ornithology Feng Shui by Cheryl Markosky

Swallow – new beginnings He told her he created sculptures from the tiny bones of birds. A skeletal artist with downy hair manipulating goldcrest-sized tweezers. She told him he could stroke her avian-like cheekbones. Trace her fine framework with his claw-clasp fingers. Mandarin duck – harmony He told her their love was bone-deep. Birds of …

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Clean by D. Brody Lipton

With innocent abandon, Angela, one-year-old, plays with her pizza while Eli disappears his fourth slice in three bites, washing down the bolus of bread and cheese with undiluted vodka, making a show of wincing manfully at the burn. Miranda won’t be home from the hospital until morning. It’s been weeks since she’s worked an overnight …

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Inertia by Sharni Wilson

Working late tonight. Don’t need dinner. Don’t wait up x Hera’s phone was already in her hand when the text from Bruce popped up. She held onto the double-decker bus railing with one hand, the phone with the other, and stared at it. It had been going on for months, and it was getting worse. …

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Pose by Emily Black

The floor was thin muck, tacky with sweet liquor and sweat. It was dark and the party was polka dots.   Your favourite song played, and I remember, because you pulled me close, and shot me That Look. Your eyes gave me vertigo and I was dizzy on your skin. Every molecule of the air …

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What Remains by J.E. Seuk

Kind, understanding eyes are unbearable when you don’t want to be understood. Or do you? Bad things happen to good people, but there’s no point in talking when there’s no point in being. There’s been no you left—not for years. And yet you tell. You step back into that sweltering Saturday morning that killed you …

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