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Swan Dive! Ch. 50: Winging It!

May 3, 2023

Better than a wind-up alarm clock, the gulls squawking encouragement outside Sam Bennett’s open bedroom window woke him with the sacred call of the wild. Announcing the dawn of a unique evolutionary day, the birds soared, gliding above his balcony and building at the Paradise Apartments, swooping excitedly as if they knew today would mark […]

Swan Dive! Ch. 49: When Dolphins Stop Smiling

April 27, 2023

When two dolphins surfaced and smiled at Ruby Arenas she laughed so hard she got a mouthful of salt water. A normal morning swim in the Gulf of Mexico turned even more joyous than usual as Ruby took long strokes, cutting through blue-white waves, propelling herself through warm water that refreshed her more than she […]

Swan Dive! Ch. 48: Power to the Pee Pee

April 19, 2023

Stinking of his favorite Jade East cologne, Florida Gov. Ronnie DeShifty screamed into the cell phone he held with one hand while combing his thick black hair with the other. DeShifty loved the spit-shined impression of himself he saw in the mirror. Dull, dapper, demented and short, even while preparing for a make-it-or-break-it public policy […]

Swan Dive! Ch. 47: School Daze

April 12, 2023

Stepping from behind heavy auditorium curtains on the high school stage, Randall Lark moved from the shadows as alert as the special operations soldier he once was. Nobody saw his raw nerves, felt his mounting anxiety or heard his heart pounding in his chest. On the other side of the stage Marty Durkin stepped at […]

Swan Dive! Ch. 46: Listen to the Bony Lady

April 6, 2023

Heed my words. Santa Muerte does not repeat herself. I’m talking to you. Pay attention. My hood is fashioned from human flesh. My eyes bleed from red stones set deep in hollow sockets of white bone that gleam pure as lost souls wandering a blistering Mexican desert. The handle of the scythe I carry is […]

The Outlaw Steve Corbett ink splotch