Fiction

The Tremendous One

Pui touches his nose to confirm he’s still there. He’s alive and, surprisingly, grateful.

In the After

We stayed warm and near to each other around the crackling flames. That’s how we continued on.

Jan 27, 2023
Clarity

Clarity knows how to turn your pain into an apology, but Nid Jeuniper has trained me a way out of this scenario.

Jan 20, 2023
Nor Let the Deep Swallow Me Up

This, I knew, was no mere dream: At long last the flood had come to cleanse this preposterous city.

Jan 13, 2023
Die Cuban

Listo had suspected the curse since the hospital, but after his first full moon it was a fact.

Jan 06, 2023
Hegu

I kept wondering what I could do to be better than them, much more than what I could do to be good.

A Precious Stone

“A humble name. Shi Tou cannot be mistaken for a precious stone. To be something ordinary makes you less fragile.”

Dec 09, 2022
Room 105 at the Ramada on Sundays

Mary decided then and there that Harold would do. She missed skin on skin. She missed letting go.

Dec 02, 2022
Give A Little

A sticky silence befalls the house for many weeks.

Nov 18, 2022
The Americanization of Kambili

I hissed the words at her. “This, your America, it will kill you.”

Nov 04, 2022
Model Home

Here’s the truth. We live in a model home in a prestigious village in a master-planned city. Beyond those borders, things aren’t so rosy.

Oct 28, 2022
The Vaughns in the Loft Down the Hall

I never did learn how the Vaughns got their money, but maybe that was part of the appeal—the mystery of it all.

Oct 21, 2022
The Disappearance of Guy

Guy was released shortly after he was detained. His parents did their best to keep everything quiet. But already the rumors had begun.

Oct 14, 2022
Dorothy Dancer Has Had Enough

She imagined impaling her husband on the molasses-stained tusk of that elephant. “It should’ve been you,” she said.

Oct 07, 2022
Clarice

Nothing in my life had assured my blood relationships.

A Lesson

Neither of you knew that your night together would smash everything.

Sep 23, 2022
The Benefactor

The bills were too thick to conceal in my pocket, so I reached inside my briefs and hid them there.

Sep 16, 2022
Egg Mother

“I’m staging an intervention,” my husband says. “I miss my wife. I can’t be married to scrambled eggs anymore. You have to see a therapist.”

Sep 09, 2022
Sunkiller

We wanted to embellish her legend, but now we were only the witnesses of her want.

Sep 02, 2022
The Present

If she just had her family back, Nia thought. Together they could chart a way out of the breaking.

Aug 26, 2022