Stories

I told him to stop crying after our house flooded. It was only going to make the situation worse.

James Machell (@JamesRJMachell) is an SF/F writer in South Korea with an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh.

We talk about a lot down here, but one key point remains unspoken. When the water finally closes over him, it will only be up to my chin.

Phil Dyer is finding the time in Liverpool.

Saw my father today. Sat opposite him on the Tube. His hair had more flecks of grey in it and I think he’s lost weight. We didn’t speak. 

Mike Jackson lives in the UK and enjoys writing short tales in his retirement.

I said I’d never touch a drink again if I hit her or she got pregnant. An object in motion stays in motion. The moon full, no end in sight.

David Joez Villaverde (@academicjuggalo) is, and continues to be.

I opened the carton, expecting to find milk, but all I got were eggshells. I think my wife is trying to tell me something.

Chelsea Frederick is an asocial introvert and avid fan of audio dramas.

It’s worse because nothing happened. If we had yelled and fought, at least I wouldn’t still be walking toward your turned back. Hoping.

J. Yejin An is loud on paper but quiet in person.

To her the infant weighed more than the vanished father, a silhouette, larger with each pseudo inhalation—a porcelain doll, its eyes closed.

Rees Sweeten isn’t full of peanut butter. He has a salty, acquired taste.

He was relieved to survive the end of the world. She was relieved she hadn’t. They met in the afterlife and wondered which of them was real.

Siobhan Rosenthal lives in New Zealand in a campervan. She likes hot showers and doesn’t get them enough.

Years later, they met for a coffee. She complimented his hair and he asked about her son. Outside, invisible birds twittered in the trees.

Hasen Hull (@HzHull) enjoys long journeys. 

I pretend your train is Einstein’s train and your face a beam of light—the two of us shining side by side in perfect sync—as I watch you go.

R. Gatwood is concise.