Fiction

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
Tracks

My mama is in this box. And my mama is sitting next to me.

Aug 19, 2022
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