One of a Kind

The foot was perfectly preserved and why wouldn’t it be having been encased in the region’s worst ice storm in a century, its secrets buried beneath months of snow. Things go missing that time of year: mittens, socks, late-born calves that lose their way. Spring thaw...

Notes on the Main Text

The morning stole upon the day and I woke up cheated, the extra hour gone. The narrative takes place in late October; in the United Kingdom, towards the end of this month, clocks are set back one hour in accordance with Greenwich Mean Time, marking also the end of...

Breakroom

Billy puts his “next teller please” sign up and goes to lunch because he can see the men putting on ski masks through the glass door, and at the morning meeting Shirley told him he’d better start paying more attention to his work, so screw her. He goes back to the...

We Walk the Downtown

We wander the downtown, boarded up and abandoned except for the Greek diner at College and the newsstand across the street. We look at magazines, starting with the British music papers, reading up on bands no one heard of in this fading tourist town where nothing...

Christina Allen’s Death

At the school gates, the news of Christina Allen’s death had been met with great shock and even greater speculation, for the circumstances of her passing had not been disclosed. Later on, at the book club, the three women take a break from drinking wine to...

Bluebell’s Last Flight

When Bluebell was ten she tied thirty red balloons to her back, stood on the roof of the shed, spread her arms like wings and took off over the world. She wrote a story about her flight and everything she saw. When the teacher read it she caned Bluebell for copying...

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