Dollar Store

by Carl ‘Papa’ Palmer & Cait Maloney

“Think! Hurry! Concentrate! Something’s got to be here that will save me! Where? What? I need to act NOW!” It couldn’t have been but 15 or 20 minutes ago when I left my motel over by those apartments down the street. I’d been driving most straight through on I-5, up from Travis Air Force Base in …


Changes Are Coming in 2085, the Senator Says

by Donal Mahoney & Daniele Murtas

It was the first time that senators had been asked to go home and address parent-teacher meetings at all the middle schools in their states. Each had been given a sheet of talking points to make the task easier. But Senator Stumpf found the task difficult inasmuch as he would have to speak at half …


Bubblegloop

by Alex Creece & Miakoda Ohki

I glistened upon the sidewalk, fandango-pink and malleable. I was fresh with plasticity, a film of frothy saliva comfortably settling into my crevices. Its tiny bubbles tickled my elastic flesh as they popped beneath a frightful sun. I knew that dreaded thing would be my end; I would be reduced to an insipid blotch upon …


Baby Doll

by Louise Charles & Joey To

Faye followed the rivulets of rain down the window pane. “It’s so dark,” she murmured cradling her swollen belly. A flash of lightning lit up the room and James’s silhouette loomed over her. “It’s a short storm,” he said. “Won’t last long. Look, what I found lurking in that locked cupboard we uncovered.” Faye studied the doll, …


The Paranoid Husband

by Rebecca Harrison & Nevena Katalina

At the end of a narrow pathway, a husband and wife lived in a squat cottage. The husband sat through night hours watching his wife dream. He wished to keep her from the world outside their door. While she weaved tapestries in the village, he walked fields, snatching her reflection from puddles and coins. He …