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Unfathomable

She. switched off the lamp and left her mother in the dark. She. didn’t have anything more to say. Her mother died the next day. She. planned the funeral mass, a bit giddy. It was hard to disguise. She. had … Continue reading

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Destiny of the Muse

You used to care. She couldn’t get his words out of her head. It wasn’t always that way though. When she first met Bertram he was what she had always imagined an artist to be. He saw in every notion … Continue reading

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Shoal Shanty (part III): Low-Grade Island Fever

Each islander knows everybody else. Our outpost is barely populous enough to keep going, yet no one knows who’s stealing apples and potatoes from the winter storage carved into the side of Lookout Hill. It’s a topic of speculation at … Continue reading

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At the Edge

Kneeling at the stars’ edge, time is so brittle you can crack open the past and see your future. But she’s not here to find what will be; she wants to taste the heat of what is, to hear the … Continue reading

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Smile

Alex paid for you online as part of a Cyber Monday deal. You’re talking with Steven when they tell you. After a calculated gasp, Steven smiles for the optimum five seconds before giving you a hug. Steven was always a … Continue reading

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Direct TV

I’m motionless. A corpulent middle-aged statue. A ceremonial prop. Caramel-speckled autumn leaves skitter amongst my feet, palmately lobed, withered and crackling. Sugar maple (Acer saccharum), veined bare, broad, and flat. Dozens and dozens of whirling dervishes chase each other around … Continue reading

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When the Typhoon Came

The night before the typhoon, my flatmates and I gathered around the TV with our translating dictionaries. We were still waiting for our Internet connection to be installed—and waiting to understand more than keitai, arigatou, and sumimasen. That night, we … Continue reading

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