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31 writers feature in Real … and below is a taste of their stories … so experience them now!
“Mrs Delooze? I am sorry to laugh, but I’ve been an MS doctor for ten years now and I’ve never heard of this …”
Itch – Joanna Delooze
That stiff-as-hardboard back and penetrating eyes moved to another plane at ninety-one.
Beholden – Mira Desai
You find yourself drawn right to its center.
The Rose – Diana J. Wynne
Others, who claimed to know him better, pointed out the gaucho hat and dark plaid buttoned-to-the-throat raincoat and how he’d twist a strand of shoulder-length hair …
Visions of The Saint – Cheri Ause
She looked straight into my eyes and said, “Everything, like it was yesterday.”
Indelible Impression – Mark Rosenblum
My ancestors hover in the household like so many ghosts enjoying a summer vacation.
Immortality, Version 2.0 – Walter Giersbach
I for one prefer my chips without a sprinkling of blood and residual smack.
Desperately Seeking Sustenance – Gill Hoffs
The guard … responded with a rapid string of French words that I couldn’t pull apart.
Magic French Words – Jonathan Slusher
But my friend is oblivious because he is putting his makeup on and that takes time …
Malcolmina XOX – Rebecca Chekouras
If the conversation is warm and personal, the Cuban will kiss your right cheek upon departing …
Greetings from Havana – Gloria Frym
The subtly put advice he tried to give me went unanswered.
spreading from the false fly – James Claffey
Tubes like chains fasten me to the mattress stiff against my back.
There’s That Noise Again – S.B. Phoenix
“Everything’s uploaded and in place. I really don’t know why they keep us locked in that preparatory phase.”
A Matter of Faith – D.M. Simone
You give a measly half a rupee and they bow to you. If you give a lot, they will sniff your hand.
Beggars – John Wentworth Chapin
… if you are not friends with your partner and don’t have fun together, you’re in big trouble.
Little Fish – Joanne Jagoda
I like knowing there are cheap hot dogs downstairs for when the bar closes.
Crack – S.H. Gall
Cook him food that you used to eat with him and get upset when your ex-boyfriend turns up his nose …
How to Forget – Meghan K. Barnes
But it was the noise next to me, desperate and primal and straight from the gut, that hit me most.
Stoned – Matt Potter
“Don’t walk like that, people will think you’re… you’re… gay.”
A Curious Fellow – Shane Simmons
I’m crammed into my seat next to a dour and mountainous woman who’s reading a Bible.
Fly the Friendly Skies – Michael Gillan Maxwell
A thin coating of human lies here and there in that abrupt wrinkle that lay beneath us …
Near Marvelous – Maude Larke
I slouched on the edge of the bed, thinking I was busted for skipping out of school.
Things Left Behind – Claire Ibarra
I’d seen a million mothers pass my driveway with their prams and proud smiles.
Steps for my Uncle – Layla Blackwell
The first—and last—time I ever asked my father about God, I was eight years old and he’d had two drinks too many.
Fairytale – Laura Bogart
… staples in the scalp, mosquito bitten limbs, sunscreen tight on unwashed skin.
Where Her Mind Is – Sharon Louise Stephenson
I glance through the rest of the aggressive literature, which is filled with words spelled in capital letters and accentuated with long strings of exclamation points.
Joyce to the World – Thomas Sullivan
In Ecuador the help wanted ads required secretaries to be young, white, and pretty.
Notebooks – Gessy Alvarez
When he said he had never forgiven me, I heard it backwards—that he was asking me for forgiveness …
Enough – Cinda Gibbon
I will be transformed into a better person if I ingest the right things.