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Arthur's Defense
Paul Beckman

     After Miss Webster passed out the test, and gave her cheating lecture, she took the wooden ruler she used to rap knuckles and walked up one aisle down another, smacking it into her left palm.
     Twelve-year old Arthur, intent on protecting his knuckles, drew a picture of a pistol, and each time Miss Webster passed by he shaded in a different part of it.
     At one point she stood looking over his shoulder, smacking the ruler down next to his ear so he added a silencer with his number 9 pencil which strongly suggested she keep moving on and away.

Paul Beckman has had over two hundred stories published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Literary Orphans, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine and The Brooklyner. He's had a novella and three collections published; the newest, "Peek" by Big Table Publishing in Feb. of this year. His published story website is paulbeckmanstories.com.

Air Harp Would Be Better
Robert Scotellaro

     Yolanda hated it when he called her "Yo." He worked full-time for a florist, despite his hay fever. She was writing a book about 1930s tearjerker movies called: Weepers. He'd bring home wilted lilies and yellow roses. Say: "Yo, where you want these?" The trash came to mind. He'd watch football and would shoot up when his team scored, play air guitar. Hitting all the high notes with atonal screeches. She'd write a room away. Wanted a baby. They had two cats instead. Sometimes she'd watch them, crouched. The metronomic way they beat their tails against the rug.

Robert Scotellaro has been published widely in numerous journals and anthologies, including W.W. Norton's Flash Fiction International anthology, NANO Fiction, Gargoyle, Boston Literary Magazine, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, New Flash Fiction Review, and many others. He is the author of seven literary chapbooks and several books for children. A collection of his flash fiction, Measuring the Distance, was published by Blue Light Press (2012). His forthcoming collection of micro fiction, What We Know So Far, is due out in August of 2015 (Winner of the Blue Light Book Award). He was the recipient of Zone 3ís Rainmaker Award in Poetry. With Dale Wisely, he co-edits the journal, One Sentence Poems. Raised in Manhattan, he currently lives with his wife in San Francisco. Visit him at www.rsflashfiction.com.

The new wife
Lucie Britsch

     It started with a passing remark at a party. One I overheard
     Sheís much nicer than his old wife he said
     I hadnít known they were talking about me till I overheard someone else saying the same thing. Only they were saying how his old wife would never have worn a dress like that.
     I thought about bringing it up with my husband. Make a joke about how his colleagues thought I was his new wife.
     I had lost weight yes, had my hair done, but I hadnít thought I was unrecognisable.
     Better me than someone else

Lucie Britsch is a British born writer with Germanic roots (very different from Jamaican roots in the fun stakes) her writing career peaked when she was a runner up in a poopscoop slogan contest as a child. She has been writing crap ever since. A liberal arts grad with a drummer boyfriend Lucie says has set herself up for a long career in failing but enjoys being the punch line to many a joke. Swings roundabouts. Lucie lives on an imaginary farm in the middle of England,where there are surprisingly few Hobbits, and is mostly not writing 3 novels but enjoys procrastinating and collecting imaginary eggs.

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