We had to pause between galaxies to hear the music of the stars.

It was dark, and we were alone, but oh, those songs.

Mari Ness writes stuff. Much of it short. Slightly longer examples can be found in her chapbook, Dancing in Silver Lands, from Neon Hemlock Press.

He lit a cigarette and watched his house burn down. “Mary would’ve loved this,” he whispered to himself.

Sacha Bissonnette is a poet and short story writer from Ottawa, Canada.

In the lighthouse it was so easy to be good. Light the fire, watch the white sails slide safely along. But now I know what was on the ships.

Daniel Galef is ancient, but no mariner.

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Paul Jaberson thanks you for your patronage.

Brian and Doug still haven’t called. She checks her email again, as if that will fix the loneliness.

Ella Shively’s favorite word is bioluminescent.

Children are efficient. With two words they removed the single solace in his life: “Imaginary friend.”

Joseph Paul Bernstein writes in C++, Python, and English. Check out more of his work at wisdomofdune.substack.com.

Archeologists were puzzled when analysis showed the strata of surgical masks in middens everywhere preceded, by decades, the great dying.

Ben Roth’s fiction appears in Flash, Blink-Ink, Sci Phi Journal, 101 Words, decomp journal and Bodega Magazine (forthcoming).

He types “happy birthday,” deletes it. They haven’t spoken in years. He types it again, now with two exclamation points. Is that enough?

William Talley (@willliert) is your friend.

He wrote stories, but they always ended with a predictable twist. Then he was hit by a bus.

Carl Gable is a writer. He’s not sure how it’s going to end.

The child said, “I don’t want to grow up and be drafted.” They told her not to worry because she was a girl. Somehow, that didn’t help.

Alisa Golden still worries at www.neverbook.com.