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“Balancing Act” by N.O.A. Rawle

Jeremy is desperate to marry Clarisse and impress her rich parents. The problem is he is in debt and is vulnerable to snake oil salesman, Du Monde.

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“Cold & Damp” by Steve Rasnic Tem

They’ll end up in the shower together, relearning one another’s bodies. Over the years, he tries to get her to talk, but all she wants to do is take a shower with him, before disappearing again.

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“Forget You” by Marc Laidlaw

Questioning notions of how awake or asleep we are, and the conceit that is sometimes part and parcel with questions regarding love.

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“The Finest, Fullest Flowering” by Marc Laidlaw

A sour note shrieked from the limousine’s speakers, making Milston’s fingers curl in his lap. He took a moment to compose himself before rapping precisely, and with a now steady hand, on the glass separating him from the driver. The tone had droned into a hum that tunelessly dreamt of …

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“Gravitas” by Weston Ochse

Growing up in the Black Hills of Custer, South Dakota, Dave is all too familiar with the Sioux legends. In fact, when he can no longer take his uncle’s abuse, he knows just who to summon for help.

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“Returned” by Kat Howard

She is dead. She is neither happy nor sad with death. But he has come to take her back. Back into the alive world. Nobody cares that she doesn’t wish to go with him. Doesn’t wish to be tethered to him for eternity.

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“The Red Light Is Blinking” by Kealan Patrick Burke

In a tiny room, two people exchange insults via the internet.  They are both trolls but this isn’t an ordinary one-sided exchange.  As the story unfolds, it becomes clear these trolls are locked in battles with one another for their survival.

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“Nomad” by Karin Lowachee

Mad just lost his human. Suicide is no option. Determined to move on into a life of solitude away from the killing, the gangs and constant wars, Mad chooses to become Nomad, unaffiliated with anyone.