A Short Story by Pat Tompkins: Among the Briars

Tantalizing once described how I felt about blackberries. The wild bushes, heavy with fruit, were a gift of summer. But I’ve lost my taste for them. And summer, which once spelled freedom, now just means hot months to endure. I’d been feeling grown-up because I had a new role: guardian. …

A Short Story by Gary Hoffman: Pressure

SHORT STORY: Pressure by Gary Hoffman [appeared first in Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, July 2017 issue]   He knew hoping wasn’t going to save him, but he was doing it anyway.  He thought of the cliché ‘hoping against hope,’ but it didn’t make any more sense to him before or …

A Short Story by Peter Ford: The Diner

Short Story: The Diner by Peter Ford [First appeared Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, December 2017 issue] Harry Pinder was a chef like no other. He had never received a bad review, or, if he had, he was as certain as he could be that no other diner would have read …

A Short Story by Jonathan deBurca Butler: To Hell With Descartes

SHORT STORY: To Hell with Descartes by Jonathan deBurca Butler [First printed Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, December 2017] “See that girl there?” asked Jedebiah Smallman. His friend, arms-folded leaning back on a sulking clef-back bench, soaked up the early morning sun. “Which one?” asked his friend, opening his left eye …

A Short Story by William Gensburger: Wasp Men: Guts and Glory

SHORT STORY  Wasp Men:  Guts and Glory   by William Gensburger [First appeared Books ‘N Pieces Magazine, July 2017] “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”  ~ Napoleon Bonaparte   I watch the wasp flit around the back yard, checking out the nooks and crannies …

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