Picnic and A Crow by Joni Caggiano

in the glee of a sapphire sky, the sun plays leapfrog with a cloud cake chinwags to cheese falling off the family’s tattered picnic table landing by hungry carpenter ants grateful to be done building a stable boys swerving on a swing sitting sideways long ago nailed to an oak wrestling, like a couple of…

Something Not Even Jesus Could Forgive by Bogdan Dragos

she hadn’t been his wife because her religious family would never allow their sweet treasure to marry a lowlife like him But she had been his girlfriend because she needed to rebel against her family somehow But very little of that mattered now She was no longer among the living and it was her own…

Peak of the Desert Heat by Bogdan Dragos

To work at the peak of the desert heat The adults told him he’d need an injection for that and the man dressed in white grabbed his arm and lifted it and stung him with the needle in the shoulder and injected the serum It took away all doubt from his mind and all weariness…

Strategy for Productive Writing by Bogdan Dragos

“I tried to hire my mentally ill brother,” he said. “I gave him a knife. He’s forbidden to touch them but I gave him one anyways and told him to use it on me. That was my strategy for productive writing. My brother would stand by the door and I told him to cut me…

TV Remote by Bogdan Dragos

a thief had entered the house and all he stole was the TV remote Perhaps some prankster kid because at times the TV would act strange. So he’s probably close and messing with them there was only the two of them home. The old man with dementia and his daughter, not a very young woman…

You Made Me Take Drugs by Bogdan Dragos

“You made me take drugs,” she reproached him But he didn’t hear her over the pain in his lower belly “You made me take drugs,” she repeated. “Huh?” “And for this I’ve decided to replace you. With someone better, someone who would never make me do something I don’t feel right with.” He shook his…

The Building was still Unfinished by Bogdan Dragos

They will never finish the building It would stay in its skeletal form forever because the government is corrupt but then they all are so it wasn’t the grandest tragedy of the world It was a fun place for the kids A place where they pretended to be monkeys and did parkour and whatnot A…

Just an Illusion by Bogdan Dragos

like it’s been painted a million times, the room seemed smaller narrower suffocating. The window too small, the door too sturdy, ceiling too low and the generator of the illusion stood across from her on the bed He’s been around for a year and six months Result of her first and surely last non-aborted pregnancy…

Kissed So Hard by Bogdan Dragos

“Have you ever kissed a lover so hard you chipped a tooth?” she asked with a grin that revealed more than one chipped tooth He shook his head. “No, and I really don’t intend to.” Well, that’s what you get for hitting on a girl you meet in the yard of the local asylum. But…

Genius Level Trap by Bogdan Dragos

they didn’t think about it. That’s the problem, kids usually don’t plan ahead, they live in the moment They just saw a movie and wanted to imitate the actors because they thought what the actors did was cool The actors hunted wild animals through the jungle and to do so they built traps all over…

Before the Leap by Bogdan Dragos

so this is it then He stood by the margin of the ravine looked down took a deep breath looked behind him no shadowy figure reaching out no pale silhouette making stop motions no apparition telling him to not jump Of course, what the hell was he thinking? These things don’t happen outside of stories…

Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead by Bogdan Dragos

The old lady kept coming by the hospital to assure the medics that it’ll be okay “He’s a true fighter,” she said. “I know he’ll make it. He has won the battle with drugs twice in the past. He’ll make it this time as well. I know it. I feel it. I believe in him.”…