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FICTION: The Getaway Car by Jack Bates

June 28, 2017
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Billy McCutchinson let loose with a string of blue words that did not end with ‘In Jesus’ precious name, amen.’ He wore a pair of tattered gloves on bony hands he wrapped around the brittle handle of the shovel they lifted from some old guy’s shed. His friend, Alvi Zdancowicz, crouched down under the...

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FICTION: Plebs by Nicholas Kish

June 9, 2017
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My cell vibrated its way across the dinner table. Came to rest against my pint glass.  Photo of my sister-in-law Deb showed on the display screen.  My wife Tanya and I just looked at each other. – Yeah Deb. – That crippled fuck finally did it. – What the fuck now Deb? – Your...

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FICTION: Liar’s Poker by Craig Faustus Buck

May 15, 2017
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Lyla Dechanet offered to make a fresh pot of coffee. Assistant District Attorney Marie Deguerre declined and homicide Detective Rex Wilde said he’d be fine with leftover java from breakfast. He needed a jolt not a treat. He thought he saw a subtle grimace jump like a static electric shock from the new widow’s...

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FICTION: Feline Visitor by Aaron Fox-Lerner

April 12, 2017
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I’m not exaggerating when I say she worshiped the cat. Maybe it’s better to say she served it or waited upon it. She treated it like her (our) own personal king. Girls in Asia tend to like cute things. They dote upon cats and kittens and all that. There are cat cafes where you...

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FICTION: The Orange Chaser by Bill Surdenik

March 20, 2017
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The first thing I should admit, I guess, is that I’m not smart. It’s always the first obvious thing people figure. Even knowing it’s true I still have this instinct to fight against it, like a touch of stubborn vanity or just basic human dignity clutching on; it ain’t easy to swallow either way....

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FICTION: Employee Compensation by Andrew Riconda

February 16, 2017
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My boss, Chet Overhill, and I had hated each other for quite some time — this became abundantly clear during performance review earlier this year — so, he probably surmised I was the least reliable of his sycophants to have witnessed him killing a hooker at this year’s Lead Simply motivational conference. The room...

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FICTION: Neither Created nor Destroyed by Kevin Z. Garvey

January 31, 2017
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Kozak stares at his subject. “Look at me,” he says. “Look into my eyes.” His subject looks into his eyes. “Your eyes are heavy, yes?” “My eyes are heavy.” The subject is old. Her voice is weak. “You want to sleep, don’t you. Your eyes are heavy and they want to close. But you...

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FICTION: Mrs. Hamilton by Frank Byrns

January 8, 2017
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“So let me just cut the bullshit and get right to the reason I called – how you set for work these days?” “You know me, Al – I’m always working, but I could always use some more.” “That’s what I was hoping to hear. You got some time to come on down here...

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FICTION: Merry Xmas from Orchard Beach by Richie Narvaez

December 14, 2016
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One-handing her smartphone and one-handing the wheel of her SUV, Heather O’Grady simultaneously tapped Tito’s number and U-turned to park in front of his crappy house on Crosby Avenue. “Merry Christmas, stickball captain,” she yelled into the phone. “What time is it?” Tito said, yawning. “Time to wake the hell up.” He mumbled that...

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FICTION: Conversations with Mister Abaddon by Teel James Glenn

December 1, 2016
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Braxton chose a rainy moonless night to bury his wife near the lawn jockey statue. It had to be a moonless night because the statue beside the bench was visible from the road and half a dozen of the nearby houses. But that was exactly why he chose the spot to inter the woman...

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FICTION: Stalker by Elizabeth Zelvin

November 18, 2016
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The first I knew about it was when Harry Arkus stopped me in the hall. “Hey, Bess! Guess who has a crush on you? Alvin Oily.” “That’s disgusting.” “No, it’s funny. He cornered me after math class and started babbling about how beautiful you are. I still have grease marks on my shirt sleeve.”...

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FICTION: One Gold Tooth by Patrick Cooper

November 6, 2016
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“That cat right there,” Isaac said. “That’s the one I been talking about.” Markus put his drink down on the bar and looked where Isaac was pointing. “The fat one?” “Fat as a house.” The fat man bent over the pool table and lined up a shot. Markus figured him to be in his...

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FICTION: Slow News Day by Warren Moore

October 23, 2016
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“Poor Chris Chubbuck,” I said to Bob. It was 4:53, and we’d be on in seven minutes, bringing “The News the Midlands Needs” to the elderly, shut-ins, and folks who had gotten home from work early. Bob was putting on the last of his makeup. It’s a high-definition age, and even though he hadn’t...

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FICTION: Eternity By Robert Petyo

September 28, 2016
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The day her husband died Cheryl stopped attending the non-denominational services that were held twice a week at the nursing home. She never missed them over the eight months that she had been housed there, so Jeffrey noted her absence. While visiting residents at the home he had taken an interest in her case,...

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FICTION: A Kindness by Max Sheridan

September 12, 2016
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The late-October wind blew shadows down the canyons of empty office buildings and dead lamp-lit streets. Barr checked his phone. Eight o’clock. Late for dinner again. He gave Deborah a quick call, telling her she should go ahead and eat without him, and left the practice by the front door. The Audi was in...

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FICTION: Velma and Jeff by Salvadore Ritchie

August 19, 2016
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It was my understanding when someone has finalized their decision to commit suicide they obtain a kind of euphoria about the conclusion they have made. The heavy baggage that magnetizes to us during the journey we call life magically falls to the wayside. Everything is crisper and a bit of pep develops in your...

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FICTION: Doire by Angel Luis Colon

July 29, 2016
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I’ve made a lot of dumb decisions in my life. Case in point: I’m lying in wait on a deer stand about twenty feet up a chestnut oak in the middle of Nowheresville, Kentucky, with a major crick in my neck from holding this rifle so long. I’m here to shoot some rich redneck...

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FICTION: Anonymous by Alicia De La Rosa-Millard

July 18, 2016
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The first time she noticed you was the day you were ambling through the mall. You didn’t notice her and you should have. She had just ended her previous relationship and was ready to start a new one. You were strolling along with friends when one shoved you and you bumped into her. You...

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FICTION: Cop In A Well by Travis Richardson

May 30, 2016
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You knew you should’ve called for back up when Little Don and Eugene Everett asked you to stop by their place around one in the morning. At least you’d thought enough about the situation to strap a backup .22 in one boot and a switchblade in the other. Neither helped you though when Eugene...

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FICTION: Blue Ribbons and Twin Gunshots by Matt Broadway

April 11, 2016
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“Look Frank, I don’t like this at all,” Joey said. “I mean, what the hell did she do anyway?” Frank was so tall and gangly he had to bend over to wrap his hand around the girl’s neck. His fingers hugged her like a noose, but the girl didn’t seem to care. She stared...

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