Bloodlines and Survival by Jeremy Hepler

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Bloodlines and Survival by Jeremy Hepler

A story involving my family has grown tentacles over the years that have choked out many truths about us. “A blessed miracle that she’s alive,” I’ve heard some people say as they pass by my house. “I can’t believe that the prey bested the hunter. God must be strong with that family,” the religious fanatics

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The Tale of Two Bottles by Philip Reyth

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The Tale of Two Bottles by Philip Reyth

There once was a farmer named Michael Anderson—a tall, strong and winsome man. He was married to a beautiful woman named Ashley. She was comely and kind. She wore her hair down to her waist—so long that it swayed in the breeze. She bore two sons, and at nine and seven springs old, they were

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The Maiden-Tree by Catherynne M. Valente

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The Maiden-Tree by Catherynne M. Valente

It is remarkable how like a syringe a spindle can be. That explains the attraction, of course. A certain kind of sixteen-year-old girl just cannot say no to this sort of thing, and I was just that measure of girl, the one who looks down on the star-caught point of a midnight needle, sticking awkwardly

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In Defense of a Queen by Donna Quattrone

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In Defense of a Queen by Donna Quattrone

Fire makes its own kind of music. My toes start to tingle as the strains of a nearby waltz mix with the crackle of the flames. Warmth. Music. Joy. I’ve known them all. Indeed, I’ve known many pleasures, though I’ve never felt the quickening of conception. I’ve seen sweet loving under soft, thick quilts drain

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The Piscine Gifts by Stace Dumoski

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The Piscine Gifts by Stace Dumoski

Hear and Listen! O, most gracious and exalted sovereign, honored visitors from lands afar, ennobled company all. Hear and listen, I again beseech you, for I have returned most recently from a journey to the distant east, to the shores of Itl where the people live not upon the land as you and I, but

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The Railwaym’n by Neil Ayres

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The Railwaym'n by Neil Ayres

All along the river’s been mostly redeveloped now, but the city kids, those without company car parking spaces at least, still have to get from shiny point A to shiny point B. Most going eastwards take the Docklands Light Railway. And those pensioners—near-forgotten survivors from the blitz, the summer of love, the silver jubilee and

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Demeter & Persephone: 1969 by Virginia M. Mohlere

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Demeter & Persephone: 1969 by Virginia M. Mohlere

The child dangles grey in the doctor’s hand. No movement, no cry. It comes to this. Seven months she has waited, telling secret stories to the little fish swimming in her ocean, staring at night over the mound of her own flesh and whispering, “I’m waiting,” feeling that momentary answering caress within. She built for

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