Eddie was pulling up in front of Romayne’s when he saw a long black car idling across the street. He screeched to a stop, jumped out, ducked his head, ran for the door.

THE BRONOWSKI BRAIN BY BARBARA L BAER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 36

Laura? You changed your message. Nice try. It’s me. Pick up the phone.
I know you’re there.

THE LANDLINE BY JOSEPH GRANTHAM  34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 36

The miserable specimen of a husband didn’t even look up when she said she was going out to get some cigarettes. MR CHIPS AND THE MANGO-TANGO MOTHER SHIP BY ALICE HATCHER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 36

He leans forward, takes her hand, and kisses her lightly on the cheek, right smack dab in the middle of that birthmark.

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34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 36

 

THE BRONOWSKI BRAIN

BARBARA L BAER

THE LANDLINE

JOSEPH GRANTHAM

PORTRAITS

ROBYN WEAVER

MR CHIPS AND THE
MANGO-TANGO MOTHER SHIP

ALICE HATCHER

WILLIE WAYNE WILLIAMS, PHD

CLARA B JONES

A KISS IS A NEW THING

JANE SHERWIN

Working with robots is a substitute for playing with dolls.

WILLIE WAYNE WILLIAMS, PHD CLARA B JONES 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 36

A KISS IS A NEW THING BY JANE SHERWIN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 36

She’s used to people looking at her and in a flash looking somewhere else, as though they’d be happier if she didn’t exist at all. She gets around feeling herself to be a small patch of something barely visible in the world, safer when it’s quietly encased inside several dark walls with only a window to the sky. After all, everyone gets to look at the sky, don’t they? And here is this man calling for help with his balloons as though she is as normal as everyone else, not someone with a condition you can find on the internet, a grotesquerie, an ogress, and those other words she can find in her paperback books, an object of dreadful pity, someone whose pride is in her isolation.

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