Second Thoughts by CR Smith

You are having second thoughts, but it is too late now. The panel lights in the lift are slowly rising, taking you ever closer. You have to go through with it. There’s…

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Living With It by Gaynor Jones

When I was eleven years old I killed my sister. Of course, she’s fine now. The rainy October day my sister was born, Grandma dragged me to the hospital. My ladybird umbrella…

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Fina’s Unusual Day by Ali McGrane

After making Dan’s breakfast, Fina tackles laundry while he gets ready for work. Becca drapes herself on a chair and drinks strong black coffee. Fina has read up on the teenage brain,…

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Lost on the Pike by Ray Scanlon

Westbound on the Mass Pike, with Cheryl and friends of ancient standing, I’m destined for a vacation at a woodsy cottage in the Catskills. It will be an indulgent luxury, and my…

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Glass Houses by J. Bradley

The smell of chemically burnt skin and screams wake me up. I look out my bedroom window and see three people getting smaller and smaller as they run away, mom seeping out…

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Deathbed by Tim Love

“Is there a red light flashing above me?” “No.” “A red light.” “No.” “Is that you Mark?” “Yes. I’m here now.” * All four are around him. They begin taking turns to…

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Anna by Darren Forster

The wrinkles on her face were numerous, I tried to count them and guess her age the way you would add up the rings on an exposed tree stump. She struck me…

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Mr Wegmann by Simon Pinkerton

When I was 16 I asked out the most gorgeous girl in the superstore. She was behind the deli counter in a little paper-boat hat, blonde plaited hair twirling out from each…

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