Contemporary Fiction

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The Keystone of the Family

“In my day … fathers and grandfathers didn’t involve themselves in the birthing process. Childbirth was strictly the domain of women.” More

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A rosary on a table
Resurrection

“You’re too stubborn for the Church, Sean. Go be a doctor or a lawyer or something else. Holy Orders are not for you.” More

Eggs
The Egg Man

“Look,” he said, “not that it matters to you or anyone else in this dump, but I’m really a poet. I shouldn’t be here at More

Maple tree branch in autumn park
Branches

“And now we’re hugging and laughing, and neither of us will say it: Everything will be okay. But only for me.”  More

Quiet kid
Luke Rising

“She is determined not to lose this baby and hopes that today will reveal what turned Luke from a fun-loving talkative child to a silent, More

Doors
Raymond Chandler

“Endless choices. Endless doors. And behind every door, a man with a gun in his hand.”  More

Piano
A Wandering

“His fingers crept up the piano scale and eased back down, a graceful rise and fall. … A melody somewhere between recurring dream and insanity.” More

Whiskey Bottles
God-Ray

“The empty bottles had were now truly empty, and he waited for the need for alcohol to drive him up and out of town.” More

Woman using a laptop
Not Because We Will

“She started to lift the lid — her fingers closed around its spired handle — but stopped. What, after all, was there? Ashes? Bits of More

Bowls on a wooden shelf
Just for Me

In this short story, author K. Anne Smith explores the value of objects after the loss of a loved one.  More

Clarinet
Avalon

“I’ve never played in front of anyone before. Except my wife, and she’s sort of got a tin ear. I’m a little nervous.”  More

A fortune teller with a stack of tarot cards
The Oracle’s Curse

“Just five seconds earlier, she had seemed too good to be true. He should have known there was something a little off, just waiting More

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