Clara

by Caroline Cutting & Daniele Murtas

It was just after dark when Clara came to me. She dragged in her wake the shadows of my guilt; all black edges and sharp teeth. Her soft tones surrounded me as she told me it was OK, she understood, it wasn’t my fault. Her smile warmed the twilight air and smoothed the creases of my soul. …


The Pin Insulator

by Don Tassone & Lakshmy Mathur

As soon as his aunt lay down for her afternoon nap, the boy took off on his bike. He sliced through his subdivision, then made his way through the narrower streets of the older neighborhoods, where his mother had grown up. Her father had grown up on one of the farms just beyond. He had heard …


Hand Drawn Sky

by Danielle Bordelon & Miakoda Ohki

She had been alive for 5692 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 6 seconds. I watched her chest rise and fall, in tune with a silent rhythm. At times, she struggled to breathe, her back arching from the effort, but she stayed in a deep sleep. The tubes protruding from her chest gave her the look …


Mad Hattie

by Louise Charles & Alankrita Amaya

Courtney stood outside the shop and stamped her feet. A crumpled newspaper, caught up in the icy wind wrapped itself around her ankles. She peeled it off and read the headline about some old boat that sank one hundred years ago. Boring. She screwed it up and threw it into the gutter. Keeping her finger …


The Beast

by Kristina England & Joey To

He quaked as the sun ascended, lighting his cave. Yes, he was a he, not an it, but based on the feel of his stomach today, he questioned that concept himself. His name was Ergamere and he had a knot the size of a captain’s fist in his stomach. He should know. He had swallowed …