The Missing Girl

Abducted the missing person sign read. Last seen 22 years ago. Current age: 36. So the poster hadn’t been updated in a while, I thought. Perhaps they had stopped looking. Two pictures, one of a young girl with an era-appropriate haircut, barely smiling as she stood at the outskirts of a forest, arms stiff at her sides. She looked trapped, haunted. I almost remembered her. The irony was my alleged abductor had taken the photo.

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Monsters in the Water

She couldn’t wait to get in the water. Then she couldn’t wait to swim. She watched her coach, a dog being dangled a treat, and eagerly waited until was dropped. “Ready. … Go.” her coach said. And go she did. Jessica slid through the water in a smooth freestyle, barely pausing at the other end […]

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I Don’t Like Salmon

“No?!” He asks for the third time, incredulous. “I thought everyone liked salmon.” “Plenty don’t.” I reply, and I’m already bored with the conversation. “Vegans hate it.” I say to cover my own discomfort, a weak attempt at humor. He’d ordered for me, misplaced chivalry, a dish I don’t like. But he couldn’t know that.  […]

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