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Afterward

Afterward

The therapist, Dr. Blankenship, continued to stare down at the writing pad in his lap when she told him she had grown weary, and not only weary but bored with life. “Yes, that’s it, I’m bored,” Elise said. “And you think that by ending your life you […]

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Losing Touch with Gravity

Losing Touch with Gravity

Pell couldn’t recall ever seeing his life move away from him in a long, never-ending road, but it must have seemed that way to him once. Now, however, as he drove straight into the blood orange heart of the dying sun, he could only envision how the […]

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Mavericks

Mavericks

The big-humped bull crashed out of the thick tangle of salt cedar and Russian olives along the river. He was the same bull they’d seen yesterday, the one they’d hoped to rouse today. He spotted the three cowboys, snot flying from his wide muzzle, eyes on fire, […]

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Once Again

Once Again

Romy stubbed out his cigarette on the balustrade of the balcony of his small apartment and flicked the butt into the empty street below. He liked standing in the warm winter sunshine and resisted going back inside. He spent most of his time inside, so he enjoyed […]

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The Timemaker

The Timemaker

Just when they decided they loved each other and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, he got sick. Terminal cancer, the doctors told him. He had maybe six or seven months. He didn’t want to tell her, but he knew he had to. Already […]

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The Flute Player

The Flute Player

Enrique stepped out into the rush of midday traffic. Cars screeched to a halt. One car ran into the back of the car in front of it. The driver in the front car leapt out and screamed at the other driver. The other driver screamed back. It […]

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Helen

Helen

From underneath her wide-brimmed hat, Helen slid down her sunglasses to smile up at Zed, standing in the glare of sunlight on the patio of Doppler’s Bar and Grille. “May I join you?” he asked. She said nothing, but she nodded in the direction of an empty […]

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On the Edge of the Mesa

On the Edge of the Mesa

JOE, the Navajo, sitting in the glow of the campfire, turned around and dug the pint of whiskey out of his saddle bags. He twisted off the cap and looked across the smoke and sparks of the fire at Dan. Dan looked up. Joe reached the bottle […]

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Grandfather’s Pocket Watch

Grandfather’s Pocket Watch

He moved slowly from the hospital bed to the bathroom. I watched his agony. I looked over at my grandmother. She sat quietly, my grandfather’s pain reflected in her eyes. They had been married, my grandfather and grandmother, for over forty years, and had raised two daughters, […]

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The Way of the Wolf

The Way of the Wolf

The largest of the pack, the big gray wolf, went out ahead, moving carefully along the wind-swept, grim landscape, his orange eyes searching, his ears peaked, not indulgent, not trusting his strength as a leader, but accepting it. They were being stalked, he sensed their peril. An […]

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