The beat increased as he stood by the subwoofer feeling the song in his chest as she danced across the room and slowly kissed someone else.

Frederick Charles Melancon doesn’t dance.

It longed to fit in: not get called names like freak or puppet, attend school with friends and be considered human. Now, it didn’t matter.

Corey Miller (@IronBrewer) brews beer in Cleveland. For more work check out www.CoreyMillerWrites.com

I make all the mistakes in the world but never the same one twice. Here’s the story: I made a friend once.

A. J. Crowan draws things, sometimes writes things and lives in Utah.

Golden lights in the sky, acoustic guitar, brick patio at a stranger’s house. When I met you, I understood why people write poetry.

Bryn Yoder works odd jobs while waiting for a long-lost Nigerian relative to pass and bestow his fortune upon her. Fingers crossed.

There are no treasures here. Everything is mildewed, cracked, torn, incomplete, forlorn.

He moves from room to room trying not to remember.

Thomas Cochran lives in rural Arkansas.

“You think he should have asked for my hand in marriage or something?”

“No,” his father says, “but I would have liked to give my blessing.”

CB McCall is an obvious pseudonym.

I was a teenage minimalist guilty of photos in my closet box. Please don’t say anything about the postcard collection either.

Katherine DeCoste (@katydecoste) is a writer who chronically forgets about her tea.

Day 47: Record rainfall continues. Waterfall now spewing smoke. Trees consuming carpark.

Locals concerned. Flora and fauna less so.

Cathal Gunning is a writer and poet whose work has appeared in (string of reputable locales)

I asked you if it was true and measured your silence, the weight of it. When you looked away, I wondered if I would ever feel light again.

Mário de Seabra Coelho (@MSeabraCoelho) has been published in a few places but doesn’t know why.

Family gone, he lives in a van by the pier. With gnarled fingers he baits kids’ hooks and untangles their lines, fishing for memories.

Kim Favors writes from California’s coast.