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Rodolph Rowe | A show of strength

Sabine greeted the last of the lingering parishioners at the front door. As she came past the Welcome! kiosk on the way to her office, she picked up a handful of brochures that had been prepared to introduce her to the church and community. She’d meant for many, many months to send some of the extras to her mom in Gainesboro who would distribute them to family and friends with […]

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Andrew Hogan | Penance

I was on the phone when Jude arrived at work. “Jude, I’m ready for you now,” I said. Jude picked up the files on the Littleheart case from his desk and came into my office. “Hi, Gina,” he said. “Beautiful morning.” It was another dreary early November morning in Grand Rapids, cold enough for the westerly winds to pick up moisture from the warmer waters of Lake Michigan and blanket […]

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Adel Aaron | Night at the Hyatt

“You were different.” Sheila said it with sensuous pleasure. Andy thought for a moment. “Did you like it?” “Yes.” She smiled, remembering the way she’d felt just a few minutes ago. “Good. I liked it too.”  He closed his eyes. “But why?” He didn’t answer right away. “It’s Valentine’s.” “Oh?” She leaned on one hand and began playing with his hair. Soon she turned around. Their naked thighs touched. She […]

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William Cass | Those words

Mia was a new instructional assistant at the elementary school where I taught. I noticed her husband as I was entering a café to get breakfast before work. He was sitting alone at one of the outside tables with a lidless paper cup of coffee in front of him. I was sure it was him because of his distinctive shock of prematurely gray hair. I hadn’t met him, but had […]

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