Animals were not allowed in the Green Zone. What was this cat doing here?

THE LAST ECHO BY MARK ZIPOLI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 64

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Animals were not allowed in the Green Zone. What was this cat doing here? Animals in the closed-in-island-that-is-not-an-island of Baghdad were rounded up and disposed of, as per orders of the war contractor. The contractor said nothing about the burning embers of a Dell computer outside a bookstore or the irascible conscience of a junked Mercedes Benz—the ground beneath the car ringed by spreads of bullet casings. The smell of cordite, although thin, was ever present and unmistakable. Please don’t let that cat lead to bad luck, he thought.

They never talk about it again.

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SMALL WONDERS BY DAVID P LANGLINAIS34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 64

Cathy offers to drive Jim to the airport. As she pulls into the driveway, Jim comes out of the house with a suitcase as if he’s been sitting by the window waiting for her. He walks to the car before she has a chance to kill the engine. She pops the trunk. Jim gets in the car and sinks into the seat like a deflating balloon.  “How you holding out?” Cathy says.

The Little Girl came to us by way of slow and then sudden catastrophes.

THE LITTLE GIRL BY RANDY OSBORNE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 64

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The Little Girl came to us by way of slow and then sudden catastrophes. Birth parents with drug problems, therefore jail problems. Lest foster care seize her, the grandfolks took charge. They listed us as official backups, the next-in-line custodians. And then our turn arrived. Early in our relationship we decided against children. I’m already dad to three, grown. Joyce, 20 years younger and technically within range, said the responsibility would tie us down. We couldn’t have planned on The Little Girl.

As much as I want time to stand still, it will always be faster than I am.

YOU CAN’T AVOID IT FOREVER BY MEGAN VASQUEZ 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 64

Get the mag.

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THE LAST ECHO BY MARK ZIPOLI, YOU CAN’T AVOID IT FOREVER BY MEGAN VASQUEZ, THE LITTLE GIRL BY RANDY OSBORNE, FLICKER BY SALLY K LEHMAN, SMALL WONDERS BY DAVID P LANGLINAIS, PIECES OF A DROPPED GLASS BY JASON HINCHCLIFFE, BLEMISHES BY JOHN SIERACKI.

Having to waste our lives like this, letting our time on this earth slip away for nothing.

THE HALLMAN BY CORA CRUZ 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 63

This was the hellishly hot week I was let go. I was a copywriter in fashion expected to write 65 clothing descriptions a day.

FASHION COPYWRITER BY ELLEN BLOOMENSTEIN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 63

Why do you care so much?

PARALLEL PARKING BY SACHA MOORE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62 IMAGE BY JONATHAN BORBA

Hello? Please help! My phone is broke!

LOOK UP BY CASIMIR GRABOWSKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62 IMAGE BY COURTNEY CLAYTON

I DON’T KNOW WHAT FOREVER MEANS BY ROBERT EARLE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 61

I don’t know what forever means.

The two of you roar away.

TELL HIM TO BE KIND TO WOMEN BY NANCY DAFOE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 60

Your mother must be very worried about you.

NO SHOES BY LEAH GRACE O’BRIEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 57 

She was not his girlfriend for Sean slept with every woman he could, but everyone knew she was his girl.

WHAT LIES AT THE CORE BY MEIRA BIENSTOCK 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 57

I collect random lies and ingredients I’ll never use.

GROCERY STORE TRUTH BY MARY WOLFF 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 56

In my dreams I am always good enough.

GOOD ENOUGH BY TOMMY VOLLMAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 54

HAZEL EYES BY HAZEL JAMES 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 54

I don’t have to be on that bus, I can drop the whole thing.

THE ANDROID REBELLION BY NICOLAS GATTIG 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 53

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OK, imagine if all the roads and the streets in LA were completely empty.

GETTY WAS AN OCTOPUS BY JIN AN HIRST 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 52

The sky we had

never made no clouds, bitch.

CLOUD HUNTING BY MICHAEL LEE PHILLIPS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 51

We said we’d co-author a book some day.

A NAME I WOULD KNOW BY SUSANNA SPACE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 48

Bukowski said that there was everything and nothing.

BUKOWSKI BY CRISTINA CARTER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE  ISSUE 47

I realized that I needed to take a deep breath.

HOW I LEARNED TO MANAGE AN EMOTIONAL PREGNANCY BY AJIRI AKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE  ISSUE 39 

Has Hollywood stacked the deck against women?

WHY MEN ARE BETTER VILLAINS GRAHAM DASELER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE  ISSUE 49

Does it bother you I am happy?

WOULD YOU BY SUSAN WHITMORE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 31

EULOGY FOR NILS BY JOSH SAPAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43

I sleep next to your dead body.

SHROUDING CEREMONY BY TALA ABU RAHMEH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 15

It’s the same earth

again and again.

THE CULTIVATION OF LOVE BY CURT ERIKSEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 05

PERFIDY BY JAN ALEXANDER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 32

That’ll get you the best sex of your life.

FEMALE JESUS BY DOROTHY CHAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 29

Can we talk, at least, before I go?

CENTRAL PARK BY ETKIN CAMOGLU 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 30

FORTUNE COOKIES BY AARON BURCH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 02

Get the mag.

It’s not hard to be happy.

NOT HARD BY KIRSTEN JONES NEFF 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 08

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