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50 Word Stories: Valence

She slept through countless evocations, sky-less traipses that were strict: averse gateways kept under ambivalent conditions. Doing so ensured her overlooking an answer. The puzzle of “being” something only fed her disdain– a healthy vision only attainable in dreams. It … Continue reading

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25 Word Stories: Remonstrant

Her litanies at supper were remonstrant hisses that culled and lulled her handiwork; Invoking her upbringing before meals wasn’t enough to fulfill her ungodly aims.

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75 Word Stories: Correspondence

In the sixteenth century, it was customary (cautious?) to assume some were in correspondence with the afterlife–that they were witches. To this end, and to a significant degree, those in question were purged. Now, we preach other messages, hoping to … Continue reading

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75 Word Stories: Confluence

These encounters, these pleas– such misinformed stalks vitiate me: a keel-hauling through a body whose waters burn with bromine. You will discover my moorings clean from fasting, from strict ashes; I stiffen for your bind. Filter me down, again, to … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Erasure

She was told it could be “overcome;” given pills as tools to survive; given a place, a time, to talk with a therapist about dreams bigger than her own. Her condition isn’t so codified, or one of such solitary refinement. … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Range

You counted every success, every failure, like points in your game. You split into strands and magnified the peaks of your own denial, expected us to pull you from your pilloried past. After each loss, was it really so strange … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Poison

She’d always pick the high road and struggle to stay there, even if it meant unfolding, or, desiccation was the price. Her secret to survival wasn’t that she held onto her precious reserves, but that she’d drawn a path of … Continue reading

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50 Word Stories: Gauge

As far as she was concerned, she took being dead to the world literally: a listlessness would rebound whenever she tried appearing normal. As far as she was concerned, the gauge on her life was set too low, and her … Continue reading

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Are You There?

She craved an unmet validation, and, given her environment, who could blame her? Control came to her via acts that numbed and overwhelmed. One misplaced comma, a cut, or quote by Blake: “For mercy has a human heart/pity, a human … Continue reading

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Make Human

It’s 3:00am and she’s thrown the clipboard with background-check forms across her small, rented room. She can’t recall half of what the papers are asking. She wonders if anyone who’s moved as much as she has could remember any address. … Continue reading

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