Fiction Friday: Lavatory

Lavatory Ashleigh Hatter Jangling the handle again, he gently knocked his head against the heavy door, then returned to sitting on the toilet. The remaining light still worked, so there was that. He looked back at the mirror he’d shattered earlier on. How much earlier? Sucking his teeth, he hated that he didn’t know. No one wore watches, and his phone was on the other side of the door. He’d always left his cell out of the bathroom when he went in. As she liked to say, he was a…

Fiction Friday: Nail on the Head

Nail on the Head CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN Where did the hammer come from? Good question. It was in my house. Therefore it was my hammer, I guess. Mine now, at least. I must’ve gotten it from somewhere. The hardware store, sure, even though I have zero recollection of ever buying it. It wasn’t my wife’s. People simply pick up tools over time, you know? A hammer here, a screwdriver there… After a few years, somewhere in your twenties, your thirties, you suddenly discover you have amassed yourself a complete toolset…

Fiction Friday: Three Views of a Dentist

Three Views of a Dentist DJ MOORE “It’s ten minutes past. I guess we might as well get started,” Alice said, putting her phone back on the table. “But there’s only three of us,” Jerry complained. “Shouldn’t we just cancel?” Attendance for our writing group wasn’t so great, especially when it snowed, but this was the first time only three of us had come. All the writing groups I’d joined seemed to follow the same trajectory: lots of members at first, but after a while less and less people came…

Carry Me Home

Carry Me Home J.D. HAWES Felicity woke up on less than half of the ratty Queen—size that dominated Room 8 of the Blackpeak Motel. Eddy had managed to push her nearly off the bed during the night. She glanced at his still, sleeping figure and gingerly swung her legs off the edge of the bed. She eased herself off of the mattress and grimaced at the loud thwang! that followed. Fel padded across the carpeted floor on the balls of her feet and pulled her timeworn Adidas gym bag out…