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Fireworks
by Tom Gillespie
A woman prepares to deal with life without her partner.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
At The Bay
by Katherine Mansfield
A day in the life of the inhabitants of Crescent Bay.
- Length: 39 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
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Mister Mustache
by J. D. Hager
Goatees, beards, sideburns lower than the earlobe, or any other creative types of facial hair were strictly verboten ... but the employee handbook said I could have a mustache.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: 15
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Jeremy and the Magic Lobster
by Matthew Licht
Just cuz a crustacean can talk don't make him magic! A children's story for adults.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
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Advance Directive
by Jamie Brindle
My name is John Price AD, and I have to decide if someone lives or dies.
- Length: 12 pages
- Age Rating: PG
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Schrödinger's Baby
by Charlie Fish
Sometimes, popping out for a pint of milk is the worst thing a father can do.
- Length: 10 pages
- Age Rating: PG
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Five Whole Fingers
by T.K. Lee
A young boy heads to the pond to go fishing but catches something much bigger along the way.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
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Eternity is 20 Seconds Long
by Paul Trembling
They would have the time of their lives. A long time.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
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Eating Vinegar
by Rita Hooks
Even though some Americans like to say, "It's all good," the Chinese know better ...
- Length: 20 pages
- Age Rating: 15
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The Allotment
by Charlie Hill
A story about loss and distraction.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
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The Backward Fall
by Jason Helmandollar
How do you catch someone who is falling into their own mind?
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
The Wicker Husband
by Ursula Wills-Jones
When the ugly girl decides to find herself a husband she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for.
- Length: 14 pages
- Age Rating: 15
- Rating:5 stars
Occupation
by Charlie Taylor
Jimmy's life changes for ever when the soldiers come to the door.
- Length: 26 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
The Card
by James Ross
'The only thing I ever got off my old man was a birthday card when I was ten.'
- Length: 5 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
Death By Scrabble
by Charlie Fish
A game of Scrabble has serious consequences.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
The Star
by Esther Claes
Not even fame can protect you when the world goes wrong.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: 15
- Rating:4 stars
The Petting Zoo
by Peter de Niverville
Johnson has always been fascinated by spiders.
- Length: 12 pages
- Age Rating: 15
- Rating:5 stars
The Time-Sweepers
by Ursula Wills-Jones
You may not be familiar with the time-sweepers.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: U
- Rating:5 stars
Paris, at Night
by Sung J. Woo
"You grow memory like a crop, and when you want to, you harvest it."
- Length: 10 pages
- Age Rating: 15
- Rating:5 stars
The Brass Teapot
by Tim Macy
When Alice and John buy an antique teapot they get more than they bargained for.
- Length: 16 pages
- Age Rating: 15
- Rating:5 stars
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