The Twilight Lounge

Who the fuck goes out for dinner on Christmas Eve? It is your first year away at school and you're working as a waiter at a high-end Italian…


Cave Canem, Part 1

My backyard is nice; such a pretty, wonderful place. I love it out here; I can stretch my legs with no one bugging me, especially my family. I love…


Saved Bones

First, he attacked porgies in the seaside restaurant. Tonight, red snapper would be his victim. A whole fish, consumed with consummate care. As one…


The Tree of Liberty

“Are you sure you’ve never had an abortion?” His manner was neutral; I couldn’t find a trace of judgment as I stirred in the stirrups. A real…


Help Behind the Counter

Down on Main Street, the sun began to hide behind the buildings as cars flooded the streets, each trying to beat the other for a good parking spot.…


A Waking Nightmare

"Life is more like wrestling than dancing." --- Antoninus, vii. 61. Jared had always been a strange man. Not in a bad way, mind you: just a curious…


30 Birds: “Maraschino” by John Robert Barnes

We'd met on a camping trip. All was built on tension: sex tension. In the woods, in our tents, our two scout groups shared a campsite. The location…


Vigiles Urbani

“>Significant increase in target activity in the last 24 hours. >significant increase in scrutiny from local authorities. Requesting…


Eye, Everlasting

This path on which I've long strode upon has been my near-daily instruction for as long as I can remember. Over my head are black, gloomy towers with…


“Who Am I?,” Part 2

VI. A couple of days later, Kevin called Nick Williams. He informed him that the gun was used to shoot the lock off of a safe at McDonald’s, in a…