The Island

The Island

Owen watched Aubrey press her palm into a thick patch of speckled moss girdling the trunk of an old Douglas fir. The move was gentle and precise, how a mime might seek an invisible wall, and he couldn’t help but imagine her locked up in some dark basement, kidnapped,...
Does Yours Have a Heart, Too?

Does Yours Have a Heart, Too?

Once there was a person who was tasked with reducing a mountain into a flat plain. For a shopping mall. For a housing development. For a prairie. For the gemstones within. They moved their family to a new home at the base of the mountain, which was tall enough to keep...
West End

West End

  I dropped my car off for service. It was seven in the morning, and they told me to go get a cup of coffee, that my car would be ready soon. Around the corner, on Spencer Street, was my old tennis club.  I hadn’t been there since I quit playing tennis, about ten...
The Sex Ed Lady

The Sex Ed Lady

    It was 3:20 pm, the time when we pooled in the parking lot, gridlocked and blasting music, looking for our friends. The guest speaker, we called her the Sex Lady, was stashing her bag in the trunk of her hatchback when a bull moose walked out of the...
Goat and Spoons

Goat and Spoons

  Goat was in her trunk, dying but still kicking. Every so often his hooves thumped against the seat backs then for agonizing minutes he’d lay still again. During the silences Anna was sure he had died. Then he’d kick again. Punching the gas, Anna took the final...
The House That Tim Built

The House That Tim Built

    Hannah arrives home from school to find that Tim has removed the entrances to the house again. In place of the front door, an escalator now descends toward her. In the windows, exhaust fans blow sawdust into the blinding sky. Every way in has been rigged...
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