Marzipan by Martha Lane

You’re allergic to almonds. You’re sensitive to a lot of things. Soy, kiwi, cashews, pistachios, endless cosmetic products, cleaning fluids, certain materials, cats, grass and dust. But you’re only allergic to almonds. They make you sick. I keep a bar of marzipan in my drawer at work. Wash my hands and brush my teeth after …

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Leaving Eden by Helen Gordon

My mother walked on soles that sprung daisies. Breathed, and lotus petals unfurled. Her hair shone like sunlight on deep water and moved with a koi-tale flick, catching desire and darkness in its furl. She delivered me onto a bed of waxy palm, beneath a bloody moon, without want or need of company and only …

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Homemade Weather: An anthology of novelettes-in-flash

Homemade Weather by Tom O’Brien What The Fox Brings In Its Jaw by Ian O’Brien The Impossibility Of Wings by Donna L Greenwood “These stories demonstrate the thin line we tread in life: between love and hate, friendship and enmity, escape and return.” Damhnait Monaghan, Prize Judge and author of award-winning novella-in-flash, The Neverlands Homemade …

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Though Dave has the back of a camel, Diane inherited a retractable pitchfork by Marissa Hoffmann

So, when Diane says, they’ll pay their respects but leave after the mini sandwiches, Dave doesn’t disagree.  Their drive to the crematorium is going well, but Dave is tapping his knee, and maybe it’s because they both need café lattes, it’s getting to Diane. Then Dave says, he isn’t looking forward to the boring eulogy …

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Number 43 by Diane Simmons

A prefect arrives and starts giving Susan even more instructions. It’s difficult to concentrate – there’s been so much to take in already today. And then there’s the beastly pants thing. She forces herself to listen as the girl explains about 7 am cleaning duties, table setting rotas, brass polishing. The list of chores seems …

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