Month: October 2022

  • Snails and Magic Mushrooms

    Paul Emmets wasn’t what you would call dedicated, but he was reliably on time, which was sufficient to secure employment as a receptionist at the Menendez Library’s Rare Book Room through the end of the semester, which was the longest planning horizon Paul cared to contemplate. At 1 PM sharp he bumped fists with Lexi,…

  • Where Vultures Are Known as Zopilotes

    The dog was a reddish-tan color not unlike dusty copper and lay with its tail wrapped around its body in a small depression it had dug in the loose sand at the base of a palo verde. The dog didn’t move except to blink and, from time to time, twitch its eyebrows with worry. The…

  • Edmund, Fitz, and Gordon

    Gordon Morris sat at the kitchen table, cracked a Dale’s Pale Ale, and grinned at the stand-off taking place on the far side of the kitchen. Edmund, the family’s pet duck, stood erect with his wings held wide and his emerald-green head weaving menacingly from side to side. Fitz, their yearling golden retriever, looked from…

  • The Most Perfect Thing

    Rapp nipped at his flask, felt the burn, and then exhaled, let the night wind suck the sotol fumes out the passenger window of his flare-side Chevy and into the desert. He hit the flask again, wondered if it was still the desert outside his window or just Phoenix. Saguaros stuffed into pots in the…