Talking Without Speaking by Terry Sanville

Talking Without Speaking by Terry Sanville

The bus door slapped shut behind Jason. He moved down the aisle and slumped into his favorite seat with his back to the window. After a few moments, he lept to his feet, remembering the briefcase he’d forgotten on the kitchen counter near where he and Shirley had been arguing. “I’d rather walk through hell […]

Half-matched by Catherine Moore

Half-matched by Catherine Moore

She was named after her father’s mistress. Did her mother know this as they stood fountain side at the baptism and answered “Dolores” to the question, what name do you give this child? Had her mother said this name with clarity? Or perhaps even relief? That this would be his child. His emblem. His scarlet […]

There Is Lightning over the Tatras by Emilia Porubcin

There Is Lightning over the Tatras by Emilia Porubcin

As soon as I run into the house in search of respite from the rain, Babka reprimands me. “You think that just because it’s your birthday you can’t plant? Go back outside. Hurry and – oh, hocičo. Just read to me while you’re inside.” I reach for watercolor fairytales, but she notices: “The Bible, Milka […]

April Showers by Jennifer Novotney

April Showers by Jennifer Novotney

The April rains brought flowers in unexpected places. Dandelions popped up between the sidewalk cracks where renegade tree roots made the pavement buckle like someone trying to squeeze into a pair of pants two sizes too small. Pink and blue wild flowers were splattered along the hillside like polka dots. Bright yellow daffodils sprang up […]

Exit Moth, Enter Butterfly by Kwan Ann Tan

Exit Moth, Enter Butterfly by Kwan Ann Tan

The next train has been delayed, so he sits with eyes half-closed, listening to cherry-blossom petals drift listlessly on the wind, discoloured pink and rain-water soaked. The first shadows of dawn are just seeping onto the cool station floors in a facsimile of its inky shadow counterpart as she enters the corner of his eye— […]