Short Stories

Puppeteering

Laila was a mindless parrot. “It’s supposed to rain tomorrow,” she said as I walked in through the side door. This was the one piece of information she retained from the evening news. Before the end of the night, she would repeat it to me five more times. “Make sure to take an umbrella with …

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A Loon

“I think I am crazy,” I said. “I am crazy.” “You are not crazy,” Alexis said. “You would know it if you were.” Sure, people who suffer from occasional disturbances fancy themselves to be crazy. Depressed people can be crazy. But what about the people who buy into their delusions hook, line, and sinker; the …

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Within a Second

“Enlist the cat in the impending class-war.” -The Weakerthans  “Fuck off,” she said to me as the fridge door slammed shut behind her. Fuck off? What did I do to deserve this? absolutely nothing the last time I checked. she was always telling me that I could never understand her problems; that there was a …

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Circumlocution

The ocean floor is home to every sunken ship. Think about it. I bet at least twenty percent of all ships end up sinking outside of battle. There is always some minor flaw whether it be an err in calculations, a strategically placed loose nut and bolt, or an iceberg in the dark. The best …

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Aurora Borealis

The red light district appears before us. blinding strip club signs provided a blurred outline to the intricate zigzags of 73. I squirm. Jeff sings along to the barely audible sounds of the radio as we passthrough his hometown. The gas station signs slowly increase in price as we approach the bridge. I light my …

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Verdummern

Vater Unser Reverend Jonathan Flynn laid himself in the same bed he has laid in for thirty-two years now. He prayed his prayers; the same words and the same hopes as all, as always. Chop. Thrust. Clap. Amen. He took the remote control and put on some Mozart in the background to fill the void …

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Sandcastles for Sconces

eins. my lunar disconnect entered on the eve of sublunar discontent. here, zugzwang was a waning victory for the both of us, eventually. “carpe diem” she said to me, fueling the disgust of latin and philosophy in one breath. and i was breathless. she seized the day for both of us, and it was barely …

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Return Ticket

round trip return ticket. paid in full. the train has left the station. no alpha, no omega. neither beginning nor end but constantly rotating with karmic retribution in full effect. the days are warm and the nights produce a breeze reminiscent of ocean front nights. it all started with a toking of friendship. an offering, …

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Progress Down

the bay. i overlook the bay on these cool new jersey nights. the wind wafts up and down the sides of my two bedroom efficiency as the moon comes up over my back. it’s too cloudy out to see the moon so i simply enjoy the feel. the breeze across the deck lightens my solid …

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Into the Peripheral

“limit of the diaphane in. why in? diaphane, adiaphane. if you can put your five fingers through it is a gate, if not a door. shut your eyes and see.” -James Joyce   Diaphanous, light and delicate; almost transparent. If you can perceive it, you can see it. If you do not perceive it, you …

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