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A Little Food and Drink

Never has the phrase “life’s a banquet” resonated more truly than in this short story about a relationship whose growth is marked not on calendars... More

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The Offer

On her deathbed, his sister made Geoffrey promise to take a special trip. Now, on the morning of his departure, the only other important person... More

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Goodness, in All Its Forms

Hoping to improve the world in her own way, Sarah joins the Altruism Project only to find herself in a philosophical dilemma concerning personal motivation... More

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An Unobstructed View

Terrified of spending the weekend with her 4-year-old grandson, Miriam has a surprise planned that’s sure to win the coddled child’s affection. Too bad the... More

Buddha in the sand
The Other Sock

In a short story that is part riddle and part romance, two Zen Buddhists compete for the attention of one woman.... More

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The Hula-Hoop Heart

A tween-age crossing guard faces deceit and a couple of crooked hall monitors in a hard-boiled scuffle for playground justice.... More

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Finding Avery

A sister and brother team up to take a city's restaurant scene by culinary storm. All they need now is a chef with a New... More

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How Voter-Gunknut Became 99.8% Jail

An island community of buck-naked crab-catching “savages” is visited by a king’s emissary determined to imprison them all for the most nefariously innocuous of crimes.... More

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Nickel and Dime

Bullied by the neighborhood kids, young Izzy needs to get some cash before he crosses paths with Barton Bigelow again — even if it means... More

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The Bull

Encircled by 6,000 houses, Severn Hatch's farm made a statement: "I won't sell"... More

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Empty Space Times Two

When he took an all-girls typing class to get to know Sophie he had no idea that, years later, each keystroke would lead him back... More

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Joe’s Coffee House

An all-night coffee house, a trunk full of stolen guns, and a briefcase full of cash. But what’s really going on in Jack Bristow’s short... More

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