January 2021 B (Day 2)

Rattlesnake Around the Moon

In Carnadine, a shithole somewhere west of Phoenix, along a dry gulch of an old arroyo carved in some flash flood before he was born, Rapper emerges from the rusted trailer he inherited from a long-gone trucker. His molar’s shimmying; his face is hanging like a...

The Butterfly Children

The Butterfly Children I’d never heard of the butterfly children before I had one. Sometimes the angels descend with trumpets and announce the fruit of your womb and such. Sometimes it’s far more subtle. The baby arrived too early, a tiny larva so delicate you could...

Magic Marker

My father was a teacher, but he didn’t teach me, he only corrected. Uncapped his red felt-tip pen and scored me up until there was no clean skin left, and I was a throbbing red thing, hardly human. I wore long sleeves and long pants so no one would know how bad it...

If/then Magic

    If bread and wine became the body and blood, then all the statues in the world would come to life, keening and shedding bloody tears. If the old gods returned, then Jesus would rip his sacred heart from his breast. If there are half fae humans, then ants...

The Belly of the Beast

    He slips his fingers into the belly of the girl. Bloody juices squelch and splatter as he rummages, plunging deeper and forcibly, yawning layers of epidermis—stratum basale, stratum spinosum, stratum granulosum, stratum lucidum, and stratum corneum wide...

If / Hummingbird

My freewrite from the if/then exercise: If humans can fly, then people are free. If there were no religions, then gods are rapists. If Earth became a wasteland, then time is a river. If civil war really broke out, then we got it wrong. If I married X, then animals...

Freedom Sings

She offered a challenge and I accepted. She needed a different perspective on the day. She stated a desire and I heard her need. It is my job to respond, my purpose. She belongs to me and I to her. It is the very thing I was created for, but sometimes she forgets....

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