Sunshine and Laughter (Part IV)

Start from Part I It was a straight path from the Shrieking Llama's entrance to his preferred spot. The jacket he wore was constrictive in the shoulders, with metal attachments suggesting he wasn't giving out free hugs anytime soon. He could hand out granola bars from one of its many pockets instead, if that was … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part IV)

Sunshine and Laughter (Part III)

Start from Part I "Mom, it's eight, I gotta make it to school." Hector, like all members of his species, had an innate sense of time when it came to appointments. Promptly at 8 A.M., when the school day started, or at other government-set times, his neurochemistry lit up like Christmas and he was compelled … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part III)

Sunshine and Laughter (Part II)

Start from Part I "Pinche pendejo. ¿Qué chingados cree que está haciendo? ¿Qué chingados?" Claudia projected her asshole ex onto the punching bag. She shoved it hard with both hands. You mess with douches, your vag is going to dry out It'd been a couple days since the breakup. She'd cut things off, no trouble, … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part II)

Sunshine and Laughter (Part I)

Newcrest's sweetheart rose to ring in a new day. The master bathroom's air was misty with orange blossom, so thick and so sweet that one whiff felt like being kicked in the face with springtime. Claudia couldn't get over strong smells. Her olfactory footprint was orange blossom and chili powder, which smell like a red … Continue reading Sunshine and Laughter (Part I)

Unlike Mike (Part II)

Everyone knew Claudia habitually overreacted to each new room she stepped into, and so it was the first thing they looked forward to when they invited her over. 8 Landgraab, which sent the average threshold-crosser into such severe awe they forgot which celestial temple they were entering, left Claudia scrambling to find enough superlatives for … Continue reading Unlike Mike (Part II)

Unlike Mike (Part I)

"Ah, darling, it's been too long," she said, illuminating with her presence a room not unlike one dreamed up by a kindergartener in their geometric phase who wanted to capture the informed nostalgia of life as depicted in vintage photographs but whose understanding of both causality and color-negative film left something to be desired. Aileen … Continue reading Unlike Mike (Part I)

Al Mal Tiempo, Buena Cara

"Hector---the times that test your character are what make you. When times are hardest, that's when you have to smile your biggest smile." Claudia said this straight-faced. As she spoke, Hector saw his mother's hand tremble towards her drink, nails dragging across wood grain and palm countering friction against lacquer until this, too, took more … Continue reading Al Mal Tiempo, Buena Cara

Is this Loss?

Missing persons Willow Creek Missing persons hotline Willow Creek Dr. Jeong-Espinosa news News missing persons Missing persons search party organization Missing spouse help No matter how she permuted it, each of Jo's search terms took her back to the same horrifically dry government website, http://www.wcpd.sim/missing-persons, on it a curated set of names and pictures, captioned … Continue reading Is this Loss?

No Place for a Heroine

"Kendra. What's that fucking thing in the middle of your living room?" Kendra was in the kitchen with her back to Wyatt. But from context, he was likely referring to the seven-fingered poledancing tentacle in the middle of her living room. "I don't know," she said. "Someone dumped it outside the trailer park, and I … Continue reading No Place for a Heroine