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What was saving, anyway? From what? For what?

THE TRANSFIGURATION BY ELLEN MCGRATH SMITH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 88 

She had never been available to this man she had to admit she did not love except in some very fundamental way that had something to do with her love for her father, whom she had also failed to save. 

What were the odds of me being seated next to Maris?

MS WILLOWY BY CLAYTON VAN HOOK 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 88

Somewhere in her journey she had confronted and mastered the art of coping with despair and reduced circumstances, once quoting her favorite passage from Solzhenitsyn, “Live in the needs of the day, that is, find forgetfulness.”

You’re not dead until we stop. Get it?

DEATH DOESN’T SUCK BY LEE GROSSMAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 88

See, I got a grant from the university that let me stop time at the instant each of you was about to die and bring you all here. So you’re not dead until we stop. Get it?


My visa expired at midnight.

UKRAINIAN FUDGE BY JAMES ROBERTOVICH MARTIN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 88

My fear was that once past midnight there would be no fudging. Before computers things could always be fudged. A guy could talk to the manager and whatever rules were in place could be “adjusted”. I worried that now there would be no fudging like that.

Sounded like dirty work to me.

CRAIG’S FOLLY BY GUNTHER BOCCIUS 34TH PARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 88

I fiddled with a rubber band, twirling it around. “Still, it sounds as if you don’t need a criminal specialist, so tell me what you want and why. I’ll tell you whether I can and will help you.” I shot the rubber band. It hit the window and landed on the sill on a pile of rubber bands.


That was my car.

RUBICON BY MARK CONNELLY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 88

I never knew Rachel Stern or Megan Reilly but I live with the memory of them every day. Because, you see that was my car. I am the drunk driver who killed them.



34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 88

THE TRANSFIGURATION BY ELLEN MCGRATH SMITH, UKRAINIAN FUDGE BY JAMES ROBERTOVICH MARTIN, DEATH DOESN’T SUCK BY LEE GROSSMAN, CRAIG’S FOLLY BY GUNTHER BOCCIUS, RUBICON BY MARK CONNELLY, MS WILLOWY BY CLAYTON VAN HOOK