Fiction

The Admiral

December 24, 1492 Enrique Navarro Lovato shared a tiny cabin below the bow with Juan Carlos Gutierrez Romero. Each boy slept on a three-plank bunk, Enrique’s closer to the floor because he was the younger of the two, and because, according to Juan Carlos, Juan Carlos was part Basque, who were superior sailors, which is …

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People Familiar With The Matter

Informants Spokespersons Consultants Insiders Pundits Chairpersons Investors Experts Chiefs of Staff Middle and/or Senior management Presumptive press secretaries Whistle blowers Assistants Heads of security Deputies Aides Lieutenants Handlers Stylists Gadflies Roommates Estheticians Mavens Escorts Drivers Ghosts Writers Ghost writers Surrogates (sex or otherwise) Professional cuddlers Aunt Kathi

False Starts

  We’ve all been there: staring at a blank canvas, that perfect first line taunting you. Sometimes the entire story spills into your head. You see it all play out before you. It’s going to be marvelous. Then the words come. And this is what you get. False starts. Doomed beginnings. ========================= Traces of fat …

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Stage Dive

  Through a sliver of unshielded window, the midnight sun seared a line on Rebecca’s face that she had tried to avoid the minute she, her boyfriend Gil, and the fifteen-member marathon team tucked themselves into that corner of Chilkoot Charlie’s. They were still buzzing from the 26.2 miles they ran eight hours ago and …

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Mona’s Kid

Helen was getting drunk. Saucy, the waiter, poured her another glass of the 2007 Cab and she watched him, first with expectant eyes, then with the slightest guilt; her brow pitched upward thinking: maybe I shouldn’t have another.             A small legion of Saucy’s cohorts dressed in snug white coats and black pants set the …

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