Fiction

Pages from Before

Three days, our people had agreed: a real, old-school, ‘Rolling Stone’–style profile.

Aug 12, 2022
Pinned

“I didn’t even realize the sun had already set,” I said, turning on a light for Herrick. He awoke with a jerk. “Time to eat.”

Aug 05, 2022
Playing Games

Anyone can play, she said. Just don’t cheat.

Jul 29, 2022
An Old Hope

In previous pages of my journal, what I had remembered of the poem she’d shared with me, I jotted down.

Alarm

Our Prevenir wristwatch alarms went off, the sound like a flock of robotic seagulls. One pill, every fifteen minutes, for twelve hours of each day.

Jul 15, 2022
People Like Them

It would never be said that Gloribel wasn’t the first, or the last, to swallow what wasn’t real.

Jul 01, 2022
Two Mothers and a Tara

Usually, Tara’s mother socializes. I stand at a distance, holding Tara in my arms.

Jun 24, 2022
The Baby Carrier Built for Men: FAQs for Commando™

Our desert-night camouflage pattern may bring back memories of the flak you donned in Bagdad.

Jun 17, 2022
Gentle Cheater

The slip taped to his locker at the post office was an obscene shade of rose—a private pink that called to mind the very thing that had gotten him in trouble in the first place.

Jun 10, 2022
Theory of Knowledge

An example of the just-world phenomenon: If anyone found out, they would think I deserved it. When it’s the girl who gets hurt, they always do.

Jun 03, 2022
The Dreams that Float Above Our Heads

When Lilith and Gerald were married, it was because they should be.

You Told Me No One Wants to Hear This Story

I remember when they told us to get off the plane, though I have tried to forget it because you said it was not a story.

Cipher

2-Down: ______ Stewart, queer actress you feel like you should be attracted to but aren’t.

May 13, 2022
A Dog Is Not the Answer

Alicia only meant to bring newfound meaning to her bedraggled life, hoping her memories and grief would be blunted by the comfort of another living creature.

May 06, 2022
Wer hat Angst vorm Schwarzen Mann? or Who’s Afraid of the Black Man?

As a team of three, they have no choice but to help you catch the boys because even they know it is not safe for girls to be alone with a Schwarzen Mann.

Apr 22, 2022
Our Future Is Mars!

On Mars, there would be no coupling off, no cliques. People couldn’t leave you behind. That’s what Libby had been counting on.

Mortality

We grow into forgetfulness and unfist our bones and litter them for crows.

Apr 08, 2022
Every Little Homie Needs a Nickname

Listen, it’s okay to say you want something to stick around. It’s okay to love something.

Apr 01, 2022
Eyes in the Wings

The neighbors wanted the bird out. “Do something,” they said. It was all in the eyes, wide and accusatory and wild.

Future Perfect

That whole thing about “Living Your Truth?” No one’s the wiser.

Mar 18, 2022