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Ashley Jae Carranza

Julian Accidentally Goes on a Date with a Really Old Man

Jan 17, 2019 · 1,374 words (5 minutes)

Humor Literary Fiction Love

Julian Pepper finds herself in an odd predicament after thinking an older gentleman wants to take her under his wing.

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Ashley Jae Carranza

Julian Learns a Lesson at the T.G.I. Friday's

Jan 17, 2019 · 924 words (4 minutes)

Humor Literary Fiction Love

Julian Pepper just turns thirty. Naive to the inner desires of men, Julian encounters someone at T.G.I. Friday's who makes her rethink her level of trust.

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Matt Dovey

The Cottage Over the Next Hill

Jan 17, 2019 · 1,362 words (5 minutes) · 1 like

Fantasy Love

Cabhan and his wolfhound Tom walk in search of the cottage over the next hill, where his lost love Aoife awaits--or so he was told. A fabulist tale that's gentle in tone and mostly a personal indulgence.

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James Van Pelt

Everything's Unlikely

Jan 11, 2019 · 1,516 words (6 minutes) · 1 like

Fantasy Literary Fiction Love Strange

Chance rules our lives. It's true! But it's also true that luck favors the prepared. I found that this is a fun story to read out loud. More people relate to the odd mechanism of suspense in the story than I would have thought. Maybe one of the reasons the story works out loud is that I am gray-haired, have a moustache and gold-rimmed glasses. You'll see why that is relevant if you read the story. JVP

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Kirsten Imani Kasai

Brain in a Jar

Jan 9, 2019 · 4,852 words (18 minutes) · 1 like

Literary Fiction Love Science Fiction Strange

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Shira Lipkin

Becca at the End of the World

Jan 9, 2019 · 1,416 words (6 minutes)

Horror Love

I nestle the video camera on its makeshift tripod, carefully centering my daughter’s image. She tucks her hair behind her ear and gives a strained smile. She is sixteen, and that hair is long and golden–kissed light brown and straight; she has the gangly grace only teenagers have, that sleek gazelle form. She is wearing khaki shorts and a striped tank top, and the bite mark on her arm is already putrefying.

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Aidan Moher

The Dinosaur Graveyard

Jan 7, 2019 · 1,409 words (6 minutes) · 1 like

Love Science Fiction

A shattered dinosaur, a heartbroken child, and a mother's love coalesce in this touching story about family, loss, and growing up.

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James Van Pelt

Eight Words

Dec 28, 2018 · 2,721 words (10 minutes)

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Love

Because I’ve written ghost stories, I'm often asked during panels at conventions if I've ever seen a ghost. At first I said that I didn't believe, but inevitably that meant that someone would wait in the hall to earnestly tell me of their encounters with ghosts. Now, I say I don't believe in flying saucers, but I want to see one. To see a flying saucer, an alien spaceship, would open the universe to possibilities that don't seem to exist. Seeing a ghost would do the same thing. JVP

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