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“Half of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses” by Bret Anthony Johnston

January 5, 2018

His daughter’s first horse came from a traveling carnival where children rode him in miserable clockwise circles. He was swaybacked with a patchy coat and split hooves, but Tammy fell for him on the spot and Atlee made a cash…

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“The Beast” by Megan Cummins

December 15, 2017

Twenty years had passed since I’d last seen the Beast. We were seventeen and embarrassed of one another back then. I’d asked him to prom. He agreed on the conditions that I would cover expenses, and that we would have…

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“The Renaissance Person Tournament” by Clare Beams

December 1, 2017

The tournament is the highlight of our year at the Simmler School, figuratively and literally: Abe Larson, math teacher and advisor to the tech club, uses acid-bright bulbs in the auditorium spotlights. He likes to make the contestants sweat. Abe…

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“Singles” by Kate Petersen

November 17, 2017

Lisanne had known Mike-who-worked-the-door for so long that they no longer said anything to each other, and though he’d stopped carding her years ago, she still took hers out of her wallet and cupped it in her palm as she…

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“The Station” by Elizabeth Gaffney

November 3, 2017

Louisa twisted herself in the cord of the old black wall phone. It went once around her body and five times around her arm. The thing was long enough that you could talk on the phone while rooting through the…

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“Tidings of the Apocalypse” by Patrick Ryan

October 27, 2017

You try not to get caught up in the prophesies of this world because they all stem from the idea that one omniscient God has decided to destroy what he’s created, while the more interesting prophecies come from other worlds…

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“Cathedral” by Michael Sheehan

October 20, 2017

The pamphlet they got from La Fonda said the trail was only 3.5 miles long, but they’d been at it for almost four hours by the time they realized something was off. They had seen no cathedral and worse, the…

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“Isn’t It Big? Isn’t It Nice?” by Jonathan Durbin

October 13, 2017

And suddenly then everyone was getting married. In October alone I had three weddings in the woods three weekends in a row. To each I wore the same nude heels but different backless dresses and elegant plum gloss that made…

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“A Slim Blade of Air” by Alice Elliott Dark

October 1, 2017

Kay, Kay, come closer. “No!” She glared at the canal bridge defiantly. If she did as it suggested, she’d die. A puff of smoke, a sizzle of flesh, a fried heart. Caput. Kay, Kay, it will be fine. She stifled…

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