Scales

by Monique Hayes Scales Kilogram after kilogram won’t kill her composure. Lluvy’s a class-A lady licensed for long hauls. Her roaring rig contains dashboard hula girls with birthing hips and observant opal eyes. Their gazes don’t grow wider when her supervisor confirms the docked ducats. No issue of a pregnant …

Petras

by Alexander Albatross Petras It is two in the early, early morning in Alytus, Lithuania. My exceptional, unconventional toy-crafting business (and consequently my residence) is where one would look for me during these rayless hours. Not that anyone has ever set foot to the cobblestone or the circuitous steps that …

2026

by Sarah Buchanan 2026 The vending machine stops.  I stare at the chrome cylinder, frozen in space.  I think about giving up.  The biology vending machine never did this to me.  My reflection stares back at me through the glass, waiting.  I have to get the story out of the …

How to Raise Her

by Hannah Ford How to Raise Her When she eats her strawberry Pop-Tarts and scrambled eggs on her first day of high school, your daughter will look like you did at her age: untamable hair, nearly sweating out naïve excitement and nervousness. She’ll be prettier and more intelligent, though. Do …

PDA

by Megan Ranger Robbie cut deep into Ma’s leftover lasagna, the nuked cheese oozing from the layers of noodles she had carefully stacked the day before. He twirled the gooey string around his fork and chewed richly on the starch, meat, dairy, and sauce. He caught the saliva that had …