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Day in the Sun Shadows His Twilight Years

by Con Chapman, posted 10 minutes ago 11 view00 comments00 favs

By the time he reaches his table and sits down there are six vodka martinis, two beers and a glass of merlot waiting for him.


by Gary V. Powell, posted 4 hours ago 3838 views33 comments33 favs

She grinned when he steadied himself against the sofa. “Boy, I know you.”

A Conspiracy of Address Book Salesmen

by Peter Cherches, posted 19 hours ago 5959 views22 comments22 favs

It's the fourteenth century, and a man is leafing through his address book.

Dog & Pony Show

by Misti Rainwater-Lites, posted 21 hours ago 6262 views66 comments44 favs

The boy is a man is a guy is a smoked snack stick is a guide to picking up chicks at online dating sites is an Axe body wash commercial is a robot cartoon is a cautionary tale is a a zombie tv series reject is a country reduced to a whining drooling dog m

Love Stories

by Jake Barnes, posted 22 hours ago 4949 views88 comments88 favs

I've got an appointment to see my shrink next Wednesday. She's pretty sharp. Not bad looking, either.

I May Only Be On Cloud 8

by Jerry Ratch, posted 22 hours ago 5151 views22 comments22 favs

But occasionally ants can be found crawling across the top of the sun causing a feeling sensation on the bottom of the moon


by Ann Bogle, posted 22 hours ago 106106 views33 comments44 favs

Now I am prepared to waltz under a K bullet that hits a stucco brick above the tropical hibiscus.

Lying to the Boss

by Gita M. Smith, posted 24 hours ago 6262 views88 comments77 favs

I was having festive sex flashbacks and wasn't thinking sharply.

Pretend Friend

by Angela Kubinec, posted 26 hours ago 4343 views44 comments11 fav

no rule says an imaginary friend has to be a good one

The Shopkeeper

by Tina Barry, posted 28 hours ago 4444 views1111 comments77 favs

His eyes are closed yet restless, as if too many thoughts loop beneath the lids.

Down and Out in the Portland in Oregon [Card #8: Justice (WORK-IN-PROGRESS — v.1)]

by Crabby McGrouchpants, posted 35 hours ago 5555 views00 comments00 favs

Getting dropped off — knowing I wouldn't be coming right back out, this time — once again, I had the sense of entering a sort of cultural underground parking garage: like a vacuum, the energy went "WHOOSH!" and the usual rules didn't apply.

Above Love

by Adam Sifre, posted 38 hours ago 6161 views11 comment11 fav

Love is easy. Lazy. Fickle.

The Ungrateful Dead and the Human Resource Recovery and Refineries Act

by Gary Hardaway, posted 39 hours ago 7676 views88 comments88 favs

Incidents intensified. The Dead appeared in twos and threes at shopping mall and Wal-Mart parking lots.

Stealing From A Corpse

by Sheila Luecht, posted 41 hours ago 4747 views22 comments11 fav

He kept one scarf. It was the scarf that she would tie around his eyes to play with him, long, until he was in his teens. A silly game that made her happy and he squirmed with delight until he got too old. She did not want him to see her, only to know if

Past Brutalities

by Christian Bell, posted 46 hours ago 6161 views1111 comments1111 favs

Seven micros

Used Books

by James Robison, posted 2 days ago 9494 views1212 comments1111 favs

Jody cracks the flaming jade, thus it's old Or, not old, just not new, used, the song sang The thirst slaked, the luncheon ate, drink drank. Are letters in books when the book's resold Made new? Another nook, a novel day Biased light lights the…

Let the Others Drool

by Nonnie Augustine, posted 2 days ago 6161 views1414 comments1313 favs

They are all sleeping, but I know better. I will keep watch and if he comes tonight I will be alert and ready. When he arrives he'll see the slack mouths, the graceless sprawls, hear the grunts, snorts and snores of the other women and then he'll sense me. My eyes will…

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  3. ...the dreaded Brenda, whom I called Puffball because of her huge head, came steaming into the room. Nice amusement for a Satufday morning. *
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    Your stuff always gets me out of my own head. For what more could I ask?
  5. "Can it sing? Can it dance? Can it teach me a new language?." I can't do any of those things. I always look forward to your work.
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    Thanks Jake and Sam for the kind words and the stars. Glad you like "The Shopkeeper."
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    "My former fiancé said tonight it is good I did not have four legs wrapped in surgery. He may be on-target in evaluating human-to-animal risk ratios where I live. Well. To live in flat flux is how ...
  8. Good story. "The abacus in my brain finally revved up. It measured and weighed the risk of just telling the truth against Puffball's anger. I heard the click of pieces moving along bars." *
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    Especially like the closing stanza - phrasing and form. *
  10. A good piece, Tina.

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