Cliff Hanger by Suzanne Cottrell
Starlings swirled. Annette covered her head and dashed to her car.
Hitchcock’s The Birds weighed on her mind.
A bloody beak pecked at her windshield.
Suzanne Cottrell, a Buckeye by birth, lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in rural Piedmont North Carolina. An outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, she enjoys reading, writing, knitting, hiking, Pilates, Tai Chi and yoga. Her prose has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Bearing Up, Exploring, Pop Machine, Unwanted Visitors, Empty Silos, Dragon Poet Review, Dual Coast Magazine, Parks and Points, and Nailpolish Stories, A Tiny and Colorful Literary Journal. She’s still riding her writing wave.
Forest at Midnight by Mehreen Ahmed
There were no lights, but sparks of ubiquitous fireflies in the forest of a midnight. Only a fire raged to a jaundiced sky. Denizens perished.
Mehreen Ahmed can be found at:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5267169.Mehreen_Ahmed, http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/may_17.htm#fiction, https://theeditorschoice.wordpress.com/, https://novelwritingfestival.com/?s=Mehreen+Ahmed
Blue Gray by Yash Seyedbagheri
Nancy sends emails to old friends every Friday. Asks for personal communion over coffee or beer.Spends the evenings refreshing email. Refresh, refresh. Shuts curtains.
Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program in fiction. His story “Soon” was nominated for a Pushcart. Yash’s stories are forthcoming or have been published in Cafe Lit, Mad Swirl, 50 Word Stories, and Ariel Chart, among others.
Two pieces by Kate Jeong
The ocean waves chopped under the bobbing boat. Foam fizzled, and the rays of the sun kissed down freckles on their skin. It was summer.
Crumbling walls caved in on her sides. All she could feel was her limbs pressed onto her flesh. Her lungs burst for an intake.
Kate-Yeonjae Jeong likes her nails practical and clean, and rarely paints them a bold hue. She is a published author, and her poetry collection, Glitter Dust, (releasing soon!) will donate proceeds to a local hospital. Kate hosts free platform Book Bugs to encourage literacy education for English Second Language, which can be found on Youtube.
Be More Pacific by Monica Crumback
in San Francisco
lost on a path
fleeing great art
running from Rodin
finding white Boulders
gnashing green sea.
Monica Crumback lives in Michigan where she writes and teaches children how to read.
Two pieces by Briana Hernandez
I’m Not Really a Waitress
I move swiftly between tables, eyeing each patron carefully. As I turn, I feel someone grab for the small pistol barely covered by my uniform.
She dances on the stage, spotlight on her, silver slippers gleaming. Little did they know that her legs and feet were peppered with bone tumors.
Briana Hernandez is an aspiring author who’s work has appeared in Breakwater and The Ice Colony. She’s currently wrapping up her MFA, and spends her free time writing or experimenting with glitter polish.