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Grandmother walking with her grandson
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

Boy with Hula Hoop
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

Bull
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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Lily’s Lover

After her marriage has failed, Lily Manheim has a new lover. As a therapist, overanalyzing her own relationships is an occupational hazard, but that can... More

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The Forever Choice

One woman, two rings, and Arianne must choose between rich world-traveling engineer Armand or hometown beat reporter Joe. Will she choose love or money?... More

Fig Tree
Like Fig Trees in Winter

When her favorite shopkeeper dies, young Jameelah forges a new friendship with his widow in this short story by Jennifer Zeynab Maccani. ... More

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Opuntia

Rich just wanted to buy some flowers for his girl, but in the course of helping him find the right gift, saleswoman Jeredean found her... More

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