Summertime

by Lisa Weiss & Lisa Weiss

Early in the morning, Wallace, Meg’s husband, went up a ladder to the rooftop to remove a bird’s nest clogging the rain spout. Later he jimmied off the wooden frame hanging over the basement door, which took some time. The wood was rotting and rainwater was seeping into the basement’s walls and onto the floor. …


A New Life

by Hannah Milev & Alankrita Amaya

She slammed the door shut on her old life. Her house – no, her parents’ house – receded into the distance until the car turned a corner and it disappeared from sight altogether. There was a strange, empty feeling inside her. Sadness? No, she was not sad. She would miss her parents, her sisters — …


The Baker’s Tale

by Mark L. Anderson & Alex Russell

He was slowly steering a tall cart of pastries on their way to the glass showcase in the front of the bakery when he saw her after so many years. He was overcome with a sort of panic. God, what if she recognized him? Sweating, something he did frequently, he stopped. Was it nerves? Morbid obesity? …


The Plague of Caterpillars

by Jameson Tabard & Joey To

It had been two weeks since the plague of caterpillars, a time when the sky was heavy with larva falling in angst over the missing Douglas. A lingering earthen smell saturated the sewer in which he lay, his body covered in the grime of pupa, his breath heavy in the damp air, his throat hoarse …


Pickled Love

by Chaitali Gawade & Lakshmy Mathur

Loving diary, You have been following me with your eyes for quite a while now. My friends give knowing glances when they see you around, hanging within my circumference. You look away when I stare back and pretend to be engrossed in something else. I have finally decided to take things in my hand. Loving diary, You seemed …