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Tag: Mary Elizabeth Summer

Literary Corner: Harvestmen

| September 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Literary Corner: Harvestmen

There is an old, wooden shed under a mountain of ivy where the harvestmen come and go. The ancient hinges, rusted the color of dried blood, creak when the door is pulled open. The rocky hills echo their groans of protest, causing forest dwellers to perk their ears for a moment before returning to their […]

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Literary Corner: No Caller ID

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Literary Corner: No Caller ID

Her phone vibrated next to her, its buzzing echoing loudly through the empty warehouse. Late again, as she had been every night this week, preparing for the audit she’d known was coming since the rumored layoffs began. She glanced at her phone quickly. No Caller ID. Not worth the time to answer, then. One more […]

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Literary Corner: Needs Improvement

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Literary Corner: Needs Improvement

Needs Improvement? What a load of crap. He’d been senior technical specialist at Alynium Engineering for fourteen years. Not once had he gotten a Needs Improvement as his annual review rating. He stared at the offending document on his desk, freshly printed and requiring—no, demanding that he sign it, that he comply with corporate convention […]

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Literary Corner: The Collector

| June 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Literary Corner: The Collector

“Beautiful, isn’t it?” Carla sidled left, allowing the tweed jacket behind her to move closer to the Strad. “The Spanish Court,” Carla said. “One of only thirteen Stradivarius violas left in the world.” “Are you a collector?” “Unfortunately, no,” Carla answered. Then she noticed the man’s picture next to the plaque that named the viola. […]

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Literary Corner: The Barista

| May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Literary Corner: The Barista

“I’d like a triple grande mocha Frappuccino with extra whip, please,” said the girl wearing track pants and a fitted t-shirt with the words “No Probllama” stamped over a picture of a llama with sunglasses. “I like your shirt,” said the barista as he typed in her order. “Thanks,” she said, smiling brightly at him. […]

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Literary Corner: The Lighthouse

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Literary Corner: The Lighthouse

The lighthouse stood empty on its rocky promontory, looking sightless out over the sea. It had been decades since its beacon had warned sailors of the basalt monsters that crouched beneath the waves along foggy shorelines, waiting for inattentive helmsmen to deliver their pound of flesh. Most of the coastal lighthouses no longer operated, but […]

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Literary Corner Flash Fiction: No Trespassing

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Literary Corner Flash Fiction: No Trespassing

“Come on, Amber,” Charlie said. “The sign is barely there. If they really wanted to scare us off, they’d have put up an electric fence or razor wire or something.” Amber peered into the brushy undergrowth, but the trees obscured her view. There was a track that led off into the gloom, like Charlie had […]

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Literary Corner: Swipe Right

| January 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Literary Corner: Swipe Right

He should have known better than to swipe right. He had known better, in fact. The entire time he’d been composing a witty introduction, he’d thought to himself, this is a bad idea, Todd. The post had sounded too good to be true, and so, of course, it was. But it hadn’t had the usual […]

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Literary Corner: Long Winter Nap

| December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Literary Corner: Long Winter Nap

Blue and red lights illuminated the underbellies of snow-filled clouds. Fat flakes streaked from sky to pavement, lining Clyde’s ears and nose with cold and wet. He sneezed grouchily from his hiding place beneath the hedge. People rushed in and out of the blue house. He was pleased he’d managed to escape before they’d arrived, […]

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Literary Corner Flash Fiction: Windows

| September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Literary Corner Flash Fiction: Windows

“It ain’t the worst job in the world,” he said, pulling his T-bar from his hip bucket and swiping at the window. “Decent hours, decent pay. And you never know what you’re gonna see.” He chuckled and swapped his T-bar for a squeegee. The cage dangled three stories above the ground. He’d been at it […]

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