Friend

Friend

  No person who has never been the cause of another person’s death can understand the plight, which becomes the life, of the person who has. For instance—       Let her name be Girl, because she never got to grow up. She stayed a girl (Girl)...
House of the Animals, Work of the Lord

House of the Animals, Work of the Lord

  He comes from many houses. The first was his: the house where things fall apart. The plastic countertops peeled back in sheets. Cabinet faces hung loosely on hinges then fell off completely, half empty cupboards of rotten food, mouse droppings, and moldy...
Fedya Davidovich

Fedya Davidovich

  For a while now, Fedya had been eyeing the butter dish and finally, seizing the moment when his wife bent down to trim a toenail, quickly, in one motion scooped the butter out of the dish with his finger and stuck it in his mouth. Closing the butter dish, Fedya...
Wretcher

Wretcher

    I found out I was a wretcher the first time I fell in love.   I was seventeen and he stretched tall and pale with red hair and water eyes. He held my hands and then me and together we were silent standing in the foyer.   Then his mouth and mine...
Three Stories

Three Stories

  Mike, Thirteen*   Mike, thirteen, steals a can of Coke from the cooler in back of the old store. That night, he dreams he is caught, but the next morning he can’t remember his dreams. It’s summer. The can of Coke is at his friend’s house, on the ping pong...
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