Ella Grace

Ariel sat at her father’s desk and turned on his laptop. The twelve-year-old had normally used the tablet her parents had bought her at the beginning of the school year, but it needed to be recharged. She wanted to join her friends for an online game and figured her...

Beef and Cheddar with Extra Arby’s Sauce

It is one of those nights, you know the kind in which you’re far too drunk to drive the light blue Ford Focus your mom bought you as a graduation present, but everyone at the party is tunnel-visioned by the booze and the laxative-cut cocaine and the promise of sex and...

What Remains

Another female body found. Provisionally identified as: a) a forty-something prostitute last seen on a busy city street, b) a twenty-something model last seen in the elevator of her apartment building, c) a high school student last seen hitchhiking on a rural highway....

Ouch! (A Love Story)

For the hell of it he searches the web for “quirky” porn and sees his wife in bed with two clowns (actually it is on a haystack).  It is her alright, 30-ish years younger.  He has seen photos of her at that age.  It is my Abby, he thinks, in some sleezeball film about...

The Fire

Once, she asked him, Did you hear about the hotel on fire? They were in bed late on a Tuesday. By then, he supposed, it was Wednesday. You’re dreaming, he said. No, she insisted. It was that one in Dubai that had caught fire the year before. It was blazing again, she...

Rust

Outside the café where they’d eaten lunch, he decisively turned to her and asked what color were her daughter’s eyes—her daughter was so observant, it was important to know what her eyes looked like. Her stomach tightened inside her dress, thin fabric wafting in the...

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