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See How They Run

I don’t know where I am. I don’t know why I’m here. And as I study the woman who stands two feet away from me, staring, I realize I don’t know her either.Not even a little bit.Sure, she is my grandfat...

Seduced in the Dark

Vivisected. It’s the only word I can think of to describe how I’m feeling – vivisected. As though someone has cut me open with a scalpel, the pain not sinking in until the flesh begins to separate and...

Keeping the Moon

My name is Nicole Sparks. Welcome to the first day of the worst summer of my life.“Colie,” my mother said with a sigh as she walked down the train platform toward me. She was in one of her FlyKiki wor...

Drowned Wednesday

A THREE-MASTED square-rigger with iridescent green sails that shone by day or night, the Flying Mantis was a fast and lucky ship. She sailed the Border Sea of the House, which meant she could also sai...

Dreamland

When I was four and Cass was six, she whacked me across the face with a plastic shovel at our neighborhood park. We were in the sandbox, and it was winter: In the pictures, we're in matching coats and...

Night of Cake & Puppets

On top of the cabinet in the back of my father’s workshop – which was my grandfather’s workshop and will one day be mine, if I want it – there is a puppet. This is unsurprising, since it’s a puppet wo...

Kissing Under The Mistletoe

Mary Sullivan looked forward to spending Christmas in Lake Tahoe with her family all year long. After seven decades of Christmas celebrations, she still felt the same wonder and joy for the winter hol...

I Only Have Eyes for You

Sophie Sullivan surveyed the final wedding preparations with satisfaction. In less than two hours, her brother Chase and his fiancee, Chloe, would be saying “I do” beneath rose-covered arches with thr...

Losing It

You are awesome. I didn’t quite believe it so I thought it again. Awesome. You are so awesome.If my mother heard my thoughts, she’d tell me that I needed to be humble, but humility had gotten me nowhe...

Lord Sunday

The air rushed past him, stinging his eyes and ripping at his hair and clothes. He had already fallen through the hole made by Saturday’s assault ram, past the grasping roots and tendrils of the under...

Long After

I have tunnel vision. That’s the only way I can describe it. I can’t see his face anymore. The only image in front of me is the memory of his hands on her. Something flips, and I get a flash of her fa...

Lock and Key

“And finally,” Jamie said as he pushed the door open, “we come to the main event. Your room.”I was braced for pink. Ruffles or quilting, or maybe even appliqué. Which was probably kind of unfair, but ...

Little Red Riding Crop

Nora rolled her eyes as she lifted her handcuffed wrists and pretended to scratch her ear. Most days she cursed her unruly black hair for its mass of waves and curls that took an hour to tame. But she...

Happenstance 3

GO HOME, TURN OFF THE LIGHTS, AND KILL YOURSELF.My lids popped wide open, and my eyes danced around the dark room. Worry, fear, and panic returned as the naked white walls of the hospital room came in...

Happenstance 2

EVEN THOUGH THE LIGHT WAS OUT AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT, something was drawing me to Alder’s room. I had been living with my real parents three weeks, and I had never seen Alder’s door open, but every tim...