Cover Photo: A black and white photograph of the Elmo the Muppet from Sesame Street; he is staring into the camera, a disbelieving expression on his furry features, presumably due to the antics of his friend Zoe and her pet rock Rocco
Photograph via Sesame Workshop

Elmo’s Struggle

I raised my eyes heavenwards, seeking strength in the blue expanse. Let Zoe have her foolish notions. I would not let Rocco trouble me today.

She was silent, although her eyes softened. She took my free hand, which I clutched with fervor.

Lindz McLeod is a queer, working-class, Scottish writer who dabbles in the surreal. Her prose has been published by/is forthcoming in Hobart, Flash Fiction Online, the New Guard, Pseudopod, and many more. She is a member of the SFWA, reads for Outlook Springs, and is represented by Headwater Literary Management.