Caddo by Colleen Halupa

              “George Murata found some pearls here in the lake,”  said Otis.  He burst into the bar where I was resting drinking a beer after a long day working on a gasser at Caddo Lake.             “Who the hell is George Murata?” I drawled.  I looked at Otis, his face was black with oil…

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Aphis’ Gambit by Emma Gill

Aphis stands beside her Sister-Queens, smelling the pheromones released by the incoming messenger: fear, anger, pain. Craning her head, she touches antennae with Optera and Emmet. Their anxiety rises with hers. “I’ll go.” Emmet, always the bravest, steps forward.             “No, wait.” Aphis extends her front left leg, halting Emmet. “She comes now. See?”            …

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The Empty Schoolyard by Abby Coutinho

She wears a fur coat when the thermostat reads ninety, yet she can’t seem to stop herself from running through the dandelion littered grass. She runs through the field with the carefree indifference of the children who trotted here months prior, causing the white globes of seedlings to explode and scatter in the stagnant air.…

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The Fall by Spencer Kern

In the early morning, before the sun rose and the town awoke, he stood barefoot on the cold mountain stone, awaiting his fate. It was here, high above the artifice and humanity below, atop the bluffs and outstretched overlook, that he stared at spear tips and determined faces ready to block his salvation. He was…

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