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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.

Romayne opened up, barefoot, big toe as huge as a python’s head, bare hairless chest beaded with sweat as if he were wearing a necklace of broken glass. He, too, scanned the street but the car was no longer there. Eddie thought the stainless steel teeth in the middle of Romayne’s mouth looked like a polished kitchen tool.

“Come on in, Ed, you are looking shaky.”

“Someone was following me,” Eddie answered.

“No, street’s quiet. Granny’s been asking after you.” Romayne bared his grin.

“I hope she’s well.” Eddie’s legs trembled and his hands shook.

“I’m only pulling your leg. All’s forgiven. You were a saint, man. You waiting for a written invitation to sit yourself down?” Romayne pushed him toward the couch.

“I’ve come to pay up and then I have to leave,” Eddie said.

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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

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

Working with robots is a substitute for playing with dolls.

WILLIE WAYNE WILLIAMS, PHD CLARA B JONES 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.

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

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What happened to the passion?

Lamplicker BY Robert Morgan Fisher
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Turning trash into art is like meditation or yoga.

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE ART OF MARITA DINGUS BY STACY LAWSON
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I’m not saying you would blow up houses full of people in Afghanistan,
I don’t know, you might be a good guy.

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Does it bother you I am happy?

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