The Taste of Everyone Who Ever Failed You – Or Did You Fail Somehow? by Alexa Hailey

It’s the taste of biting your tongue while riding a bike down a hill. Like that one time when you visited aunt Linda and uncle Harry and their neighbors had a ton of kids and let you borrow a bike, and even though you never rode one before it came to you like that, fast …

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The Long and the Short of It by Jennifer Harvey

The Beginning The starting point is always the same. The page is always blank, the doubt undiminished, the question unchanged: can I fill this space with something worthwhile, something interesting?  Three hundred words or ninety thousand. You’d imagine there would be a difference— and there is— but those first moments feel the same, a familiar …

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Origin Story by Sarah Wallis

A man once saw a rainbow and thought it the most magical element. He raised praises so high, Iris popped out her tangled yellow head and giggled at adventure, climbed on a llama’s back and drew her multi-coloured cloak about her. The man told other men of the mountains what he had seen and they …

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Vanishing Act by Neal J. Suit

The first time a part of you disappeared was a Saturday morning.  You claimed your right hand had vanished. I thought it was some absurd attempt to garner attention. You cried that your hand was still there—you grabbed a pen as proof—but it could not be seen. I assumed it was an optical illusion. I …

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Caught by Anna Souter

The mother-moon bent down and kissed her sleeping child on the forehead. Her lips were hard and cracked and a little spongey, as if a fungus had grown behind the huge bark-like façade of her face and softened its cratered depths. The tide, the tide, she whispered, and blew a thread of sea air into …

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A Good Walk by Tim Craig

The body was found by a man out walking his dog, although we must be careful not to attach any significance to the presence of the man at the murder scene beyond the fact it was a nice day for a good walk in the woods.  ‘Why couldn’t you just leave me here in peace?’ …

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Abandoned by Chris Milam

“Get that fucking candle out of your mouth. Jesus Christ, Scott.” Josh instantly feels bad for yelling at his younger brother, pulls a miniature candy bar out of his pocket, tosses it to him. Scott eats the whole thing, including the wrapper. Josh can only offer a crooked smile. He knows his brother has something …

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Trypophobia by B F Jones

I curl up on mum’s chair. I run my hand along the mahogany arm and my fingers discover little holes in the surface, small clusters of worm pricks within the wood. A shiver of disgust and fascination climbs up my vertebrae. The commode next to me displays a dusty graveyard of all things oceanic. Mum’s …

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