The Carnival Lights

(7 minute read) by William Falo (New Jersey) Ember hunted mice around the crooked tombstones as I watched from the pine trees, unable to let her go wild. I violated every rule of a wildlife rehabilitator, but I couldn’t let her go. I took care of her from a kit when a carnie found her running from a barn fire, and he named her Ember. I feared for her, since I saw a mounted fox at the local bar. Its empty …

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An Inconspicuous Manifestation

(1 minute read) by B.G. Smith (U.S.A) The encounter was an inconspicuous manifestation concealed amongst the sacraments at Sunday Mass. Sister Elizabeth stopped to adjust the tab collar dislodged from his cassock. Chestnut eyes locked with hers.  Her hand brushed his chin, and a familiar warm flash originated in her pelvis and coursed through her …

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And in the end…

(9 minute read) by Whitney Reinhart (U.S.A) https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ZfhPjEzXhswxA3Ku7IXEP?si=eADLy2NsQYqWQuoqFmzCgA&dl_branch=1 Russell R. Russell spent his life preparing to survive the apocalypse. Orwell, Huxley, Kirkman and, occasionally, King and Koontz were his prophets. He studied, memorized their works, the way others studied the Bible or the Quran. He daydreamed about surviving the zombie hordes à la Rick Grimes …

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