The Story of It, Part 1

I. Mejita, Did you know that I was born in November? Our birthdays are one month and three days apart. You’re a Libra. The Scales. Balance. Me, I’m a…


Brotherly Love, Part 1

I stood at the counter of the corner store for several minutes, eyeing the numerous cigarette brands. The clerk was staring at me, wondering why I…


Tunc Scitote Desolatio Est

The wind swept unhindered across the dark desolate barren plain. Here was no expiation, no succor, no relief, no life, no light, and no inhabitants,…


Eternal Beauty

For Kate, the world of cosmetics was her whole life. She had been working in her aunt's perfumery in New York since she was a child, and after…


In the Middle

They say the last thing you see before you die is the thing you’ll see forever. I’m not sure I believe it, but what is true, beyond any shadow of a…


The Personality Cult

“Good morning, Thomas; good morning, Anna,” said the President, cheerily, as he strode back into his palace after taking a lengthy stroll in the…


The Shadow Men, Part 1 — Excerpt 1

Moss, Norway: May 16, 1921 Five armed men stood around a serrated table in the center of the room. The snow-covered building was located a few miles…


Plant Closure

Fellow Employees, In order to ensure continued transparency of Corporate Communications, this announcement is being delivered to all employees of the…


Summer Story

The silver bell chimes through the candy shop, marking the first customer of the day. It is a quaint shop: violet-tinted rectangular glass panes set…


Chamber REST

Olga Mireya, PhD Center for Brain and Cognitive Sciences Westeastern University Abstract Sensory deprivation (SD) remains a largely underexplored…