He scooped the animal up by its neck, wrapped it in a dirty tablecloth that he found in somebody’s boat and returned to Queens on the subway.
Category: December 2014
Gathering Stock by Deirdre Sinnott
“I fell,” said Mom on our semi-weekly phone call. Her voice strained as if in pain and sounded thick as if I had awakened her from sleep. “I’m okay. It’s nothing.”
Sanrinsha by Carolyn Roberts
I didn’t notice them gathering behind me until I heard a chorus of “Excuse me!” Five shiny-faced Japanese schoolchildren, aged perhaps ten or eleven, had arranged themselves in a neat line.
What Rules by Jennifer Alessi
Even in her mid-forties Suzanne would call herself ugly. She’d bemoan her looks and point to them as the root of her lifetime despair.
On Getting Dressed by Sharon Stephenson
I feel especially put together because I am wearing an outfit; I bought all three pieces at the same time, indicating my financial stability and dedication to appearance.
Forgetting Fire by Maureen Hirthler
Heart pounding, I curled into a ball and let my arms absorb the blows aimed at my face until a security guard forced his way to me and dragged me out of the melee.
Do You Have Anything to Declare? by Angela Palm
I suppose I could have said that I was between jobs, or that I was changing careers. That I’d been distracted by the curious landscape of southern Quebec…
Concrete by Riley H. Welcker
Father was the kind of man who separated the halves of his finger just to show my brothers and me the red flesh after accidentally slicing it with a construction knife…
Honor by Reynold Junker
…neither Roger nor I had dates that night. We’d spent the last two hours sitting in our skivvies underwear and robes in Roger’s room…discussing our almost-completed term papers.
Writing Life: Leaving Your Bad Neighborhood by Elizabeth Gaucher, Guest Columnist
I won’t say we can’t be fit and healthy, but I can say we aren’t exactly known for those characteristics. We are stereotyped as pasty, tortured, intellectual, deeply troubled people with a penchant for alcohol.