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Knot – Alex Kies

Our city is changing. I’m not sure how or why. I’m not entirely certain when these changes take place. I hate to admit it about the place where I was born and raised, the only city I’ve ever truly loved, but the truth of the matter is that something about our fair city is different. The only way out is to die, we know that much for sure. The living cannot voluntarily leave the city limits.

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Requiem for a Cat – Derek Maine

I hate wearing ties. My collar is too goddamn tight. My neck is getting all chafed. I haven’t smoked a cigarette in eleven years and here I am, almost fifty years old, lighting the next one with the last one. The kids are vaping these days. I don’t think they even leave ashtrays outside anymore. What do I know?

So anyway, um, I’m here. Your sister called. I don’t know how she got my number.

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Jump [from PROWL] – Sean Kilpatrick

Jump spun at once, peering under blood-red bangs. Rearing into a hunch, she recoiled in the desk for emphasis, and spoke as if addressing her extremely petite hands with a crucial piece of news: I heard you’re an anal vampire, she declared, zero inflection. I can feel your AIDS on the back of my neck. Which strain is that?

        The strain with your name on it, because I’m giving it to you tomorrow. 

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Moon – Susie Davidson

It had felt like a special occasion for the lank, soapy girl to find herself across from a teapot and another young person. She’d been excited to accept the invitation to the house of a gently ugly boy she’d known tenuously, a few years earlier while she was still in college. She’d remembered him perfectly for his trendy, frustrating first name, and his dark eyes which jumped too quickly with the most boring kind of male intelligence,

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