Burying the dog

Harriet grunted as the point of her spade bit into the cold November ground. She lifted her boot from the lip and threw her weight– all 130 pounds of it– over the handle and ripped another scoop of dirt, grass, snails, worms, and life from the ground and added it to the growing pile. Harriet …

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Rocky Beaches

Christian walked the beaches at dawn. His restless legs carried him from the ashes of his long-dead fire. The sun shone warmly against the backs of his calves and neck. Rhythmic waves swept warm water over his feet. Whoosh. Shluck. Whoosh. Shluck. Sharon might’ve actually loved it out here, Christian thought scanning the level horizon. …

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Dohate, The Wind, and The Winter

Awan and his three grandchildren circled around the cookfire, legs crossed exhaling clouds against the autumn air. It was dusk now and leaves of all colors fell silently around them.   Ogin, the oldest girl, sat between her younger brother Bidowin and sister Sidowa. Ogin shifted closer to the fire and said, “Grandpa, tell us …

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One big beautiful flock

Analisa pulled the noose tight around Abot’s neck and jerked back, grunting in effort over his hacking coughs. She followed the rope bracing herself in the dark against the box truck’s shell. The other end of the rope pulled tight against a wall-mounted metal ring. Analisa turned and stared at Abot’s sitting silhouette black against …

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