Acorns

Acorns

An excerpt from a longer short story. The oak tree was all that anchored Hector Gonzales to the past. His family, community, and land had been devoured by the Arcadia Fire during his long tour in Afghanistan. For his future, he had no plan other than this first thing:...
Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little Bunny Foo Foo hops through the forest, scooping up the field mice, and bopping them on the head. The squeak of outrage, the writhing body, the inevitable bop, the limp figure tossed away after, like the skin of a popped grape. He wipes tears and snot from his...
Parlor Tricks

Parlor Tricks

Miss Altangerel’s costume gives me pause. She wears the body of a hawk as a headdress, its wings sweeping back along the side of her ears, her own eyes and nose hidden behind the predator’s sharpened gaze and yellow beak. A curtain of rawhide strands hangs from the...

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