All That Is Calm and Bright / byAmber Gallant

Rosa can hear the telltale rumble of the van pulling away from the entryway. Wheels snap over fallen branches, the machine lurching as it strains to make its way back onto the main road. She knows without looking that its precious cargo is sitting in neat boxes outside the door. Multicolored serums, plastic syringes, needles …

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Dealer’s Choice / by Chase Boisjolie

Rain had fallen in steady sheets for two weeks straight, so the sun peeking out from behind the clouds in a dazzling sunset made for an especially ethereal Friday afternoon. From behind the bar counter, Jaime watched in shadow as the bloom of late autumn light painted the nimbus-quilted sky nectarine colors; just outside, a …

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Like You in the Rest / by Chase Boisjolie

Sitting with a nearly empty popcorn bag in one hand, Miguel gazed into a crowd of eager city pigeons. Their heads bobbed incessantly, mulling around in disparate circles. He tossed a handful of popcorn and watched as a flurry of grey-green feathers descended on the scattered kernels. He slapped the butter-grease on his fingers over …

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Lives of the Muses / by Amber Gallant

Downstairs, her sister Helen and brother-in-law Richard were talking about her again. “Serena said she could take Emilie out to the Marden exhibition today. The one I recommended to her, you remember? From the Reader. I have a couple of errands to run. You think Serena can manage that, right? Richard laughed. “Sure. They’re perfect …

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