Nice, Hot Vegetables – yt sumner
She never knows what to expect. The ad says, handsome, discreet. He
smiles and there’s a flash of silver at one side. It gets her hot knowing
this man lost a tooth and replaced it with silver. She leads him to the
kitchen. Here? He asks and she nods. It was used for little else. Afterwards
he asks to see her again and she gestures in a half-hearted way at the
spotless pots and pans.
Delusion – Jessica Otto
The galleon called Delusion swims through the mouse hole and into the
stagnant harbor. Midnight’s fog rolled with it, weaving a mirage of
nereids; green skinned and draped in ragged sail cloth, dancing up and
down across the bow, swinging from the naked figurehead. They come
from coral hills peppered with bodies tied to grounded masts, limbs
long pulped by the waves. A green star falls and smolders in the
waves. Another ghost, I think.
I am sitting in sunlight in a park on a bench. It is a bright day in the
park. The bench underneath me is in the park which I am sitting in. It is
great to have sunlight shining on my face while I am in the park. The park
has a bench in it which I am sitting on. I am shot through the head by a
bullet fired from a powerful sniper rifle.
Waking up in a coffin, presumably under layers of dirt, oxygen preservation
became my number one priority. I try to put aside anger at the people
who buried me – despite just being really sleepy and not actually deceased -
and attempt to regulate my breathing. Next, I pull my shirt up over my head
like a bag to keep from breathing in dirt while I punch my way through the
cheap fiberboard. Then, anger.
Our Similarities, Our Differences – Chloe Caldwell
I am sitting in the sun outside of Café Fiore. A woman is sitting next to me
in the same legs crossed position. We both have on jeans and hats with blond
hair underneath them. We both sip out of our paper cups. She’s reading ‘Our
Babies, Our Bodies.’ I’m reading ‘The Diary of A Sex Fiend.’ She’s pregnant.
I have Plan B in my purse. I quickly swallow my pills with my coffee.