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The Effort
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The Effort

Claire Holroyde

Arrival  Kourou, French Guiana  August 2  AMY MADE THE BEST of a jet-lagged, early morning. She had just finished ironing her best silk blouse when there was a knock on the door of her hotel room. Amy peeked through the…Read more

Yellow Wife
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Yellow Wife

Sadeqa Johnson

I tried to focus on my morning chores, but pain dragged behind me like a weight chained to my ankle. I could not stop picturing Missus all over Essex. Kissing him, touching him, finding pleasure with him. The vision of…Read more

from Anne-Lise to Sylvestre  RUE DES MORILLONS, MAY 5, 2016  Dear Sylvestre,  Thank you for letting me know that you received that rather peculiar package. Now I feel as though I’ve done a good deed and that makes me happy,…Read more

The War Widow
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The War Widow

Tara Moss

“How did you find out?”  He opened his eyes—at least he thought they were open, but they felt hot and swollen, his eyelids not moving as eyelids normally did, but staying in place, barely lifting despite the urgings of his…Read more

4  “Since when does Eddie Rochester have a dog?”  Mrs. Clark—Emily, I’m actually supposed to call her by her first name—is smiling.  She’s always smiling, probably to show off those perfect veneers that must have cost a fortune. Emily is…Read more

FREEDOMTIME     Black-Eyed Bean was one year old the night his eerie crying woke the townsfolk, roused them to stir from their beds and whisper their growing suspicions about him aloud in the street. Staring down at the odd little…Read more

FOR SCOTT, every working day began with an early morning ritual. He arrived at the office before sunrise and wandered from room to room, trailing his fingers lovingly over the curves and corners of his kingdom. Soft leather, polished timber,…Read more

5  THE LOST WIFE  DONNA DURGIN WEIGHED A hundred eighty-seven pounds, but she didn’t plan to be fat for long. She was drinking so much Metrecal that she was fairly certain if she slit her wrists Metrecal would pour out…Read more