One of Us

by Phil Temples & Alankrita Amaya

Mommy, mommy! Puppy! I want puppy. PUUUh-pee! It’s one of Ida’s first recollections as a small child. She’s also reliving in vivid detail the experiences of her first love affair. But now, some not-so-pleasant memories are encroaching. Memories of death and destruction. Memories she can’t quite place. Did this really happen? She doesn’t mind reliving the childhood memories, …


Time to Learn

by W.A. Fix & Nevena Katalina

Adam Sims arrived in Stockton Kansas, December 6, 1941, riding in the bed of a 1938 Ford pickup truck. He was fiercely cold and when the driver of the pickup stopped and got out, he threw back the corners of the two heavy blankets that covered him and looked around. “This is it son. Stockton Kansas …


Going Postal

by Ben Friedman & Michael Ilkiw

At this point in his life, it no longer comes as a surprise to Reginald when the tighty-whities he has on are faded stone-gray. After all, he’s owned this particular pair for over four years, and he’s been wearing it more and more often recently. They are simply the pair he owns that have held up …


Marooned in the Tarantula Nebula

by Brian Biswas & Cait Maloney

“Bring her in slowly,” the captain said. “We don’t want any surprises.” The Saratoga was a ten-ton vessel, fast and eminently maneuverable, with a propulsion system that was top-of-the-line. It was the first ship to visit the Tarantula Nebula and the crew was well-aware of the momentousness of the event. It had been an eight-month voyage, uneventful, …


Doppelganger

by Mallory Raley & Joey To

The constant beep of an alarm clock pulls me out of my deep sleep. I never set an alarm; it must belong to the new foster kid I’m sharing a room with. I want to move, to throw a pillow at her so she’ll turn the damn thing off, but I’m too exhausted and comfortable …