Dead Man’s Party by Joni Caggiano

Isabella was having a difficult time breathing.  Every inch of her was crying silently, releasing her anger on the gas pedal.  She restrained herself by pumping the breaks so her husband, Liam, whom she was tailing, would not see her red Tesla. Isabella was a striking woman who loved her husband of twenty years.  She…

No Cash, Only Letters by Bogdan Dragos

“Got me a little crowbar and one of them ol’ school ski masks,” she said. “And just before it was about to go down, my pathetic-ass boyfriend punked out of it. I lost all my respect for the guy on that evening. I still love him, yeah. But I no longer respect him. It really…

She Screamed for Help but you did Nothing by Don Matthews

(Kim Murphy, an Adelaide mother of three, was murdered by her ex-partner in a domestic violence incident. (April 2020) Her screams for help were ignored. A sad reflection of today’s society) You heard her scream for help But no-one ever came You heard her screams of anguish Her life’s now ended, slain Why did you…

Naming Ceremony by Britta Benson

She called this child ‘Dandelion’, after the only thing that would thrive in her dump of a garden. No poppy here, no marigold, not even a daisy. She was done with them and hoped, her youngest daughter would be resilient, like the bright yellow wildfire weed, that spread across the street, ready to conquer the…

A Big Job by Dawn Pisturino

As Dmitri untied the rope around Dr. Morgan’s neck, his cellphone suddenly buzzed in his pocket.  He reached into his suit jacket and pulled out the annoying thing.  It always interrupted him at the most inopportune time.        “Daddy, you promised to come to my play.  Where are you?”        Shit, Dmitri thought. He had…

I Will Never Again Believe What You Say by Bogdan Dragos

At 1 AM she screamed for daddy to come quick, quick and look under the bed There were noises and growls there, she told him Daddy turned the light on sighed dropped to his knees and crawled to the edge of her bed Lifted the sheets looked under and felt the knife plunge into his…

Allergies by Bogdan Dragos

“Are you trying to kill me?” his mother screamed. “Are you trying to fucking kill me!?” He backed away. “Mom, please.” “Shut up! You brought a cat. A cat! Of all things. In the house! Knowing full well of my allergies. That is a declaration, young man. A declaration that speaks very loud. You are…

It’s All a Game by Bogdan Dragos

but what are we alive for if not to play and enjoy games life itself is but a game and the best at it are those who don’t grow up, those who can still view it as such She tried to teach her four children this truth that’s why she brought them into the backyard…

Shock by Bogdan Dragos

the three of them stood by the banks and watched the water turn red So it’s not like in the movies. When you see someone dying you don’t burst into uncontrollable fits of screaming You stand very still and watch and can’t speak can’t blink can’t turn away can’t run can’t do anything really Shock…