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No New Tricks: A Short Story

September 29, 2021

By the end of September only a few leaves on the mountain trees had changed. Deep orange, red and yellow hues excited Buck each year the seasons turned. You could count on the plentiful harvest colors appearing as sure as shooting. But the long walks in the woods with Petey were over. Crows still cried […]

Mad for Love: A Short Story

September 23, 2021

Blanche lost her husband Skinner to the war, once telling a perfect stranger while picking through carrots and celery in the produce aisle at the supermarket that her husband didn’t die in vain. “No, he did not, dear,” the older woman said, leaning in for a hug. “He lived in vain,” Blanche said. Then she […]

Skeeter Dillon Lives!

September 17, 2021

Twangy country song lyrics ricocheted off the hospital’s sixth-floor ceiling and bounced up and down the hall. “Tell me you don’t love me no more, darling. Make it hurt so I’ll remember you,” the patient sang at the top of his lungs. Head nurse Tammy Willows rushed to the single room and almost fainted when […]

The Taliban Women’s Society: A Short Story

September 14, 2021

Sliding the folded Scranton Times-Tribune newspaper across a small puddle of spilled beer, bartender and college dropout Mikey Hoyle began his lecture about foreign policy and international politics, topics on which he considered himself well-versed. “Look at this story about Afghan women marching in a pro-Taliban parade in Kabool.” Timmy Kelly shook open the wet […]

Taliban Rock: A Short Story

September 4, 2021

Even with the bar door closed you could hear the bass pounding from the car idling at the stop sign. Mikey Hoyle slammed down his beer glass and snapped his head toward the noise. “You hear that?” Timmy Kelly looked away from the Yankees game on TV. “What?” “That music.” “Oh, yeah, that.” “Taliban music.” […]

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