A Bullet With My Name On It

I was given a bullet with my name on it by the man who killed my father, a year to the day he was executed. There was no powder in it, of course, because the commander was not the sort of man to give away a tool that could be used to kill him. My […]

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The Swamp and the Stone Wall

Cajoling gave way to pleading which, in its time, evolved into something just short of blackmail. Ronnie wasn’t surprised that it got so bad. She hoped at first it wouldn’t, that eventually, Bill would get tired of pounding his head against the stone wall of her denial and just let it die. He had pretended […]

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Dinner with Papa

The moon is fat and yellow like a great big cat’s eye up over all the rooftops, which means that Papa will be home soon. He comes at night, at night only, and on nights like this, with big fat moons and bright stars, he expects dinner. All the other children say their fathers expect […]

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Pink

Pompeii is a city of pleasure and purse. It is no place to raise a child, not really. Rosaria tries to tell her husband this, but he does not listen to her, boards his young wife and unborn son in the city of whores. “The soil is good,” he tells her. “We will be rich […]

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Mountains

“I can’t count the number of times I’ve thought about you and thought of mountains. You know, I used to feel such… passion. Overwhelming and complete, the kind of passion that sends quasars erupting into the void, the kind of passion that sunders seas and collapses civilizations. The kind of passion that only one in […]

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Elements of HArMoNY

Hydrogen Famously used as a lighter than air gas in the Hindenburg, it is even more famous for being highly explosive. Everything was flaming, I couldn’t find my way out–I knew that I was going down with the dirigible, but there are instincts too great, too ancient, to be denied. As we lost altitude faster and […]

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Unravel

“Keep tugging,” she urged. I didn’t want to. I understood why she wanted it, I did, but I knew that once this was done… Once it was done, it was done, and I would never see the her that she was right now ever again. I didn’t know if I was ready. Fuck, I knew […]

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