Set your story on a warm summer evening with a full moon, when everything feels magnetic and your character’s about to meet someone important.
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“Hazel” by Anne Delfosse
You know how when a dog is at the end of their life, its owner will give them a perfect day before taking them to be put down? Like, take them to the dog park, the beach and let them eat a McDonald’s hamburger? Well, July 14th was the day I designated to do that for myself.I was twenty-two, so I conjured up a list of twenty-two nice things to do for myself on my last day. Most of the listed items involved indulging in food, but there were a few I was more excited about- especially the grand finale, which was sneaking int...
“Cut and Run” by Brynn Helena
"Reckon I'll fold," Adelaide sighed, puffing one last breath out of her cigar before she stamped it out on the card table, leaving her hand behind, and stood to head toward the ladies washrooms. She could feel the eyes of all of the men at the card table watch her walk as she left, their gazes crawling along the curvatures of her body in her jeans. Luckily, the walk was short, and she escaped them as she swung the wooden washroom door open with one hand.The entire saloon was quiet, nothing but the sound of the workers pl...
“Strings of Solace” by A.R. Eakle
The moon was high over her, seemingly taunting her. It illuminated the entire sky in a way that made it almost seem human, like it had emotions and feelings and memories, and she wondered if the moon was sad or happy or angry or indifferent. She sat on a park bench; it was approaching midnight and there were few stars in the sky that could be seen through the light pollution of the city. Beside her sat her violin...
“Tropic of Cancer” by Galen Gower
CW: Sex. I think it's normal, but some people are weirded out. There's some sex in this story, and tastefully done. The cicadas’ screams remind me of you. I don’t remember much, because maybe I don’t want to, but you used to pick them up and squeal. Delight and fear both. They must be aliens; nothing that weird could be real. Alien. Gotta be. You were weird, too. We both were, that’s why we get each other. We don’t have to try. It’s all nostalgia for me since you’ve been gone. &nb...
“SING ME A LOVE SONG” by Susan Catucci
I have something no one else has. I hear music. All. The. Time. The experts call it Auditory Hallucination but, for me, it’s an internal soundtrack. It’s part of me, a living, breathing organism that is compelled to comment on everything by way of song. Everything.It began happening as I was first learning to talk. At the same time my infantile brain was putting the pieces together to connect sounds to syllables to objects, there were some additional cells working overtime to acquire a...
“Refugees” by R W Mack
I still remember drywall snapping in the shape of my body. There's a crumbling crisp note followed by soft whispers of dust snowing down. It almost twinkled in my ear as she berated me, blaming me for the busted wall she'd thrown me into. People said it's strange that's what I remember about being a kid, but therapists found it pretty banal. We'll fixate on anything to deflect trauma as much as possible.Connecticut is a shit place to fall in love with. Ignore the inhumane cost of living and you've still got weather a...
“Moonglow” by Connor H
The warm glow of the moon illuminated the path in front of me. I normally didn’t walk outside this late at night, but I was hoping a walk could help me clear my head. Thoughts spun through my brain faster than the Gravitron at the fair had spun me earlier. It had been a fun day of rides, too much cotton candy, and laughs with friends. The heat and excitement of the day had faded into a warm, calm evening....
“Bio” by Murray Burns
Bio(Trigger warning: Crude and likely offensive humor, suggestive of a sophomoric mind; think Beavis and Butthead…or worse; pre-apologies to all.)Doug- handsome, debonaire, confident, athletic, and charming; Wally- not so much.“I’m telling you, Wally, I think tonight will be your night.”“I don’t know, Dougie, I don’t feel comfortable in those situations. I never know what to say to a girl.”“That’s why you’ve got me, Wally. Let’s go.”-----...
“Very Good” by David Andrew
The party is loud, and full of people. Noise and people - neither among my favorite things.Yet another person opens the door to come in. They have flung the door wide, gesticulating enormously and bleating out a Fonzish greeting: “Ayyyy!”As several others cheer in reply, I take the opportunity to slink outside into the relative darkness. The world smells of dirt, grass, and the radiating heat of the bark of the douglas firs nearby. And as I hurry out, a quick whip of warm breeze carries the scents of th...
“The Ritual ” by Kendreia Collins
The kettle whistles pulling me out of my almost meditative reading. I rise out of my oversized chair left to me by my father and walk to my kitchen to make my grandma’s recipe for “nerve soothing” tea. Between you and me it’s just green tea with a splash of honey Jack Daniels. In any case, no matter what the materials magic happens in your heart, I believe that my grandma’s unique recipe is in fact, nerve soothing. I set...
“The Insomniac” by Ralph Aldrich
Every night it’s the same thing. I go to bed exhausted but toss and turn all night long. It feels like my eyes are burning out of my head but have forgotten how to close. My legs are fidgety and jumpy. Maybe I’ll sleep a little by daybreak, but this is usually filled with nightmares, so I wake up unrefreshed.It all started after the car accident. I hit a small child that had run out into traffic between two parked cars. He was running away from his friends. I slammed on my brakes immediately...
“Tides of Forever” by Abigail Selinger
Luna stood barefoot on the deserted beach boardwalk, her heart heavy with grief and longing. It was a quiet summer night, the air was warm, and the gentle lapping of the waves against the shore was the only sound breaking the silence. Above her, the full moon glowed brightly, casting an ethereal light upon the dark waters. She had come to this place, her lover’s favorite spot, with a desperate plea in her heart....
“The Dream” by DM Joseph
It was always the same… I began to walk through a strange forest, lost, looking for something. For a time, I thought I heard a faint calling in the distance. It almost sounded like a name…my name? I couldn’t quite make out the words though, along with the direction the voice came from. I did not have the energy to make my presence known, shouting back, “I’m here, over here!” The shouts became more spa...
“To Every Slightly Cloudy Summer Evening” by Savann Brodersen
The sun begins to set behind the purple mountains in the distance. The clouds turn from their beautiful pinky-orange to a darker but still magnificent indigo. The warm summer weather embraces me, a familiar comfort on evenings like this. The cicadas in the surrounding trees chirp a free melody. Looking straight up, I see the full moon rear its face through a cirrus cloud. I watch the sky go by while sitting on a dingy bl...
“The First Meeting” by Eileen Donovan
The First Meeting New York City - 1975 “Here we are, miss,” the cab driver said, pulling up in front of Chez Monique. This wasn’t what I expected, Beth thought. In her mind a “Chez” anything connotated dim lights, candles flickering on tables, and waiters in long white aprons drifting noiselessly between tables. Instead, this restaur...
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