Issue 34 Stories

Moonflowers

Moonflowers

Ember stared hard for a moment, and we all tensed. If Ember was the barrel of gunpowder in the room, Jinx was the one always trying to apply a match.

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The Graveyard of Ships

The Graveyard of Ships

A thousand civilizations had used the gate system; none of them knew who had built the gates that spanned the stars. In ten thousand languages, the children of the galaxy spoke of the Builders

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Bitter Bones

Bitter Bones

Oki held the last bone fragment in her withered palm. A child's. Although she had washed the delicate rib, its surface was still blotched with darkened signs of blood.

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Ten minutes for Scarlet Omega

Ten minutes for Scarlet Omega

There’s the bell again. Thank God for that. Whoever comes next couldn’t possibly be worse than this last guy. What a creep. Bad hair and bad teeth I can get past, and I’m not one to brag when it comes to my own wardrobe though I overdressed for this nightmare, that’s for sure.

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The Spirit and The Body

The Spirit and The Body

I found myself on the other side of the door from the room in which my body was taking a beating that I could hear.

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Issue 34 Poetry

For Rent

For Rent

Again, the glass cage is vacant. Only the elderly recall it was once a shoe store displaying Hush Puppies.

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The Sidekick

The Sidekick

I knew just where to stand to let the light pool in my eyes to tame the curl at my brow to hint at secrets on my lips

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Warrior

Warrior

In my sleek brown craft, I maneuver these subterranean rivers of incarnadine liquid, slipping over and around

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Pilot

Pilot

They said they cleaned out the ship completely— scrubbed out the last screams and left-over guts of those sacrificed to a faulty radiation filter.

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Because I Never Learned to Read the Tarot

Because I Never Learned to Read the Tarot

It is candlelight and velvet where I smudge away the bitter-mocha mad mojo funk and motion for you to belly-up to my tableau.

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Shade

Shade

His years of duty ended, still the captain stood watch over his king, night after night.

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Nine

Nine

Whispers of a hundred dead warriors are heard when a Samurai draws his katana.

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Salamander : Fire

Salamander : Fire

On the surface of a far distant star lives a race of Elementals who crawl like salamanders through forests of flame

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