The Wife's Job by Anna Halabi

Jeweller Waseem suggests his wife Nada helps him with the finances, and makes a propitious sale; by Anna Halabi.

The silence was deafening. Nada sighed and tapped her fingers on the dining room table. She examined her fingernails and frowned at the new coat of bright orange polish her neighbor had painted on them this morning. It was definitely not her color, she decided.

She glanced at her husba…

Forgotten Flags by Enoch Daniels

An old space soldier wakes up in the future, and seeks out the descendants of the troops that died under his command; by Enoch Daniels.

Sam fingered the patterns in the little square of fabric. Stars and Stripes. The Old Red, White, and Blue. He wondered that it could mean so much to him and nothing to the woman across the living room. He tried his best to return her hostile gaze with a look of am…

The Barracks by Richard Seltzer

Richard Seltzer channels Catch-22 in this story of a group of bitter reservists on basic training in an army barracks that's seen it all before.

Building 3926, Fort Polk, Louisiana, was a "temporary" structure - a white clapboard oblong rectangle, hurriedly thrown together, like hundreds of other army barracks. Its first tenants were recruits and draftees bound for the Pacific in Wo…

Literary Mary by Christopher K. Miller

In this masterpiece by Christopher K. Miller, albino high schooler Joe is inexperienced with girls, until Mary joins his class and expands his horizons in ways he could never have expected.

Let me begin in a glad place, long ago. In my dad's little Pinto. Mary and I, parked in Jackson's woods. We hadn't kissed yet. In fact, I'd never kissed a girl. But Mary'd pushed my left han…

Sacrifice by Alexander J. Richardson

Big Mike and Jose are on a mission to rough up Tony Luchini, to defend the honour of Big Mike's little sister; by Alexander J. Richardson.

Big Mike leaned back in the front passenger seat of the SUV, his bulk straining the seatbelt's reach. He wore an unzipped hoodie over a Metallica t-shirt, sweatpants, and Nikes. A Louisville slugger rested between his knees and a printout from MapQue…