The San Angelo Tryst by Nora Newhouse

The San Angelo Tryst by Nora Newhouse

In a room at the High Western Motel in San Angelo, a naked woman stands at the door screaming and cursing at a fully dressed man. She stops, and the room goes quiet. The man is not an idiot. Her silence is a plea for reassurance. She wants to be proven wrong, so he opens […]

How To Make A Pretty Mommy by Georgia Bellas

How To Make A Pretty Mommy by Georgia Bellas

Daddy makes us sit outside to paint our nails, even when it’s cold. He hates the smell. Says little girls shouldn’t put that crap on their hands. But Daddy cuts our nails in little points, thinks it’s the fashion. Daddy, Daddy, smell our necks we cry. Don’t we smell beautiful? P. U. he says and […]

Northbound by Ron Gibson Jr.

Northbound by Ron Gibson Jr.

When shortened days and cold rains of late autumn drive a body indoors, and the faint possibility of snow lingers on skin and in clothing, memories reawaken from dormant naps, strange insect larvae that wish to remain larvae. Memories that refuse to recognize aging hand that lifts strong coffee to bearded lip, and instead remain […]

The Lady is Spain by Andrea Isiminger

The Lady is Spain by Andrea Isiminger

She seduced you with her warmth. You walked through her plazas and drank in the rich scent of strong coffee; you saw your pale reflection in the sunglasses of her people, who tilted their faces to the blue sky and eschewed the waiter’s offer of an umbrella. Your mind (yes, your very soul!) felt more […]

Deeply Rooted by Hannah Warren

Deeply Rooted by Hannah Warren

When we were younger than Sunday grass stains, Oakley was insufferable, unwilling to meet me halfway on anything. Our parents were neighbors, so we grew up next to each other. It always starts out that way, doesn’t it? We fell in love as we grew older, but we always kept that spark of bickering, right […]