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Tarmac

It’s a furnace-hot day in August, the sky a blank cloudless blue, and I’m sweltering in a dusty side street in east London. The thermometer has hit forty at noon for the fifth day in a row. Everyone who doesn’t … Continue reading

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Magrittes and Circuses

At first, tonight will be like every other night. We’ll meet for dinner at this table at eight, enjoy the food over some light conversation and then, between ten and ten-fifteen, all of the guests will leave and we will … Continue reading

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Handwritten Voices

She doesn’t have long, less than five minutes. If Margaret wants to survive she needs to move quickly. She is trying to get me out of the drawer I’m locked in. The drawer is in a cherrywood desk she inherited … Continue reading

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The Pastor and His Good Daughters

Her father was clearly in no rush to get the test results. He slouched, shelling boiled peanuts in the rocking chair he had made, the one she helped him sand when she was nine. That was when they still looked … Continue reading

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Jackson Heights, Queens

The first time we met a year ago, your Dominican girlfriend dumped you for a much younger man. But I’ve heard Cupid wants you together again. I’m jealous. The last time we saw each other four months ago, dinner was … Continue reading

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The Fear Register

Falk feared dogs, spiders and large crowds. These were his main fears, which, as far as he knew it, did not differ much from common fears other people had, but he also cherished a special one. He feared forests, especially … Continue reading

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Mending The Split

The upcab charged through the lane of blue sky. Sunlit clouds raced. In the back, Richard was slammed into the seat. His holo-screen sizzled. The populating list of insurance agents blitzed, darkened. He swatted the holo to close it. Nothing … Continue reading

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