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After the Revolution
Courtney Watson

     The man polished the guns and put them away one by one, a company of shiny soldiers encased in glass. The sound of the cabinet locking was clean, civilized. Unable to resist, he left one old favorite loaded by the door, just in case, but it was mainly wishful thinking.

Courtney Watson lives and writes in Roanoke, Virginia, where she is an English professor and co-editor of Rum Punch Press.




Motherhood
J.B. Harris

     She emerged from the storm, rain and heartache dripping from her. She thrust the baby forward. Take him. There was a whimper. A hesitation. She clenched a blanket not surrendered. Then exhaled. Resolved, she receded into the squall. Her steps were deliberate, but she turned to look back, many times.

J.B. Harris currently lives in Hingham, Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and her daughter. Shortly after she received her MFA from Emerson College, her first story appeared in The Beacon Street Review. More recent publishing credits include Grasslimb and the Puckerbrush Review and she is currently working on her first novel. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, knitting and quality time with family and friends. The secret to her happiness is to enjoy what she has in life, and a decaf, grande, nonfat, no-whip mocha cappuccino every day.




Curtain Felony
Mick Foreman

     Tabatha was bored, itching for some excitement. She had slept for most of the morning and had reserves of energy to burn. It wasn’t vindictive, but more of an instinctive act as she frenetically shredded the French designer curtains.
     Tabatha paused, let out a satisfied purr and licked her paw.

Mick Foreman is a poet and writer from Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, England. He is currently plying his trade out of Toronto, Canada. Short stories, quick fiction, poetry, verse and haikus are his specialism, but he is also moving into longer prose and novel-writing.







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