“A Perfect Silence” by Phyllis Carol Agins

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   The jeep bucks against the highs and lows of desert sand. Jake is gripping the wheel and turning into curves only he can sense. The way he would often drive from time to time through their long marriage. Always the one who is carsick, Sally...

“Harbor Island” by Midge Raymond

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   Because it was his birthday, she poured a glass of wine and made a sandwich before they went out to dinner, knowing she’d be in for an evening not only of hunger but of raised eyebrows and uninspired, butterless side dishes. She made mock...

“The Burden of Perspicacity” by Eileen Vorbach Collins

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   “Mom, check your email for a message from 20 West Spa. It’s not spam,” read the late-night text. Yep, there in my junk folder was the message I would never have opened. I was the recipient of a very generous gift certificate. A quick...

“Trouble Afoot” by Donald McMann

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   No one had heard from Spencer in three days, and now his friend Abby stood outside Spencer’s apartment while the building superintendent used his master key to open the door. His name was Buff, and he wasn’t. As he bent over the lock,...

“A Father’s Love” by Gila Fortinsky

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   My mother’s first memory was a dark one. She was three, living in the gray, perilous misery of the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania. The ghetto had become her home as a baby. She, who had just celebrated her first birthday with her cousins, aunts,...