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Pick the ending you want.

DEAD CAT BY MELVIN STERNE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 96


What’s the most likely ending? What’s the worst-case scenario? What’s the best ending? There’s a billion potential endings. Pick one.

No one could have saved Dad.

VISITING HOURS BY JOAN ELLIOTT 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 96


I know he was difficult. I know. But he’s done a good thing. He really has. A good thing.

I made it through. 

On my own.

MACHINE GIRL BY REBECCA EGAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 96

I’ve always encouraged my students to follow their bliss.


I’ll miss the kids. I liked most of them and wanted them to succeed, in my class and in life its own self.

THE CLASSROOM & LIFE ITS OWN SELF BY JOHN FOLEY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 96

I threw a paper plane across the classroom.

THE PAPER PLANE BY FRANK KOWAL 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 96


I pleaded with the teacher, “Please, please, please, I promise—I promise to dear life!—I will never ever do it again!”