One Last Time

Andy Zhang A teenage girl rests alone in her Virginia dormitory, protected from the bullets of snow outside. Her skin, dirtied brown with constant slander, sinks heavily in bed against white linen, an innocently final resting place. Four beige walls enclose her. It’s a coffin plastered with the dead American iconography she once so fervently […]

The Ultimatum

That was the first time he saw him. Though frail, there was a powerful energy emanating from him. He didn’t know what it was, but Fritz was drawn to him, and through the blazing, amber eyes of this pathetic, worthless, Jewish man, he saw something more. Despite having seen and even spoken at this man […]

Soldier's Lion

Well, first of all, he wasn’t a soldier. When he got to that age when boys in cities decide how their friends should address them, he chose ‘Soldier’ or (‘Soulj’ for short). Second of all, she wasn’t a lion. She was a beautiful, ginger mixed breed dog with an upturned nose and a crooked smile. […]

Farewell My Dear

The church bells chimed at noon. You could easily notice a glint in the little boy’s eyes as he ran absent-mindedly down the corridor of his grandfather’s vast mansion.  The only one who lived there now was his Aunt Sihanna, his mother’s older sister. She was only 37 years of age, but she seemed much […]

Family Secrets

On a Wednesday and a Friday every week, they would visit their grandmother’s beautiful home in the suburbs – big enough for a family, but she was all alone. As they approached on the winding path to the grand front door, she watched them with an inscrutable expression, hunched in a corner rocking chair that […]

Fireflies in the Sky

It was the middle of civil war between the people of the KDPI and the imperial state of Iran. The year was 1985. The atmosphere: it had seen better days… Wails of local defendants arose from every crowded ward, medics and family members alike sharing a reservoir of tears for the lost.  And Cyrus’ hellish […]

Seven Minutes

One A balmy breeze stroked Cecilio’s skin as he skipped through the Farnborough meadows with his five-year-old daughter, Aleida. Hand in hand the father daughter duo created a pathway in the high grass, trampling on the daisies that began to sprout out of the ground. Exhausted, the pair reached the small cottage they lived in […]

Our House

A familiar scent rushes by you, escaping through the open door. The house stands still and quiet with anticipation. The lights flicker with its last surge of energy. You place your bag down, a bag filled with words that you have never spoken before, words that will crumble these decaying walls. You place your bag […]

Or Planets

For his ninth birthday, grandmother had sent him a large wooden box filled with thick tubes of paint, a variety of horse hair brushes, and sheets of paper that felt rough to the touch. His mother complained about the impending mess and told her husband that the gift was far too advanced for a nine-year-old […]

The Unholy War

October 6 1973 – Yom Kippur, a day of atonement On the holiest night of the Jewish calendar, a holy war would ensue. A secret assembly would take place first, a conference of powerful individuals plotting their next course of action. This assembly of men had representatives from both of the great military alliances of […]