Nightfall

By Kevin Reigle Red and blue police lights reflected off the frosted store windows. The snow glowed from the moonlight as it fell on the city park. Onlookers stood behind the yellow police tape near the gazebo, intently watching the officers examine the body. Flashes from the crime photographer’s camera made the crowd uneasy asContinue reading “Nightfall”

Octavia

By Pablo Agrio We arrived late afternoon, after stops at several different penitentiaries in the immediate area. CDC bus rides in handcuffs and leg chains were always a nightmare. There was still the matter of processing but at least I could use the restroom without having to deal with all the restraints. It is theContinue reading “Octavia”

An Incident On Friedrichstrasse

By Ben Mimmack Frank shivered ostentatiously and pulled the flask from the inside pocket of his overcoat. The coat was old but still in good shape, except the inside pocket which was frayed where the flask snagged on it. Frank had pulled a flask from that pocket more times than he’d eaten käsespätzle. He tookContinue reading “An Incident On Friedrichstrasse”

Movie Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

By Chris Bunton I watched The Hitman’s Bodyguard on Redbox and I loved it. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson do a great job, with this action packed, humor laced flick. Reynolds plays a ruined bodyguard who is dragged into protecting Jackson, who plays a Hitman, about to testify against a criminal politician. Reynolds andContinue reading “Movie Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard”

The Bear Paw Beat

By Marco Etheridge A black low-rider beetled down the potholed road towards a glaring cloud of neon that illuminated the Electric Sewer. Pulses of garish color spilled from ancient glass tubes that buzzed and hummed down the length of the bar’s crumbling facade. Reds, pinks, and blues mixed with putrid fog, acrid exhaust, and aContinue reading “The Bear Paw Beat”

Following a Shadow in Tehran

By Danial Haghighi Officers encountered them first in the security cameras, according to the inspectors and detectives that were assigned to the case. The surveillance cameras were positioned at the building entrance. The recorded footage showed images of eleven tall, wide shouldered men calmly entering the complex. Their faces appeared relaxed, confident and certain asContinue reading “Following a Shadow in Tehran”

Movie Review: The Foreigner

By Chris Bunton I watched the movie “The Foreigner” on Netflix recently and enjoyed it immensely. The film is about a Chinese British citizen whose daughter is killed in a bombing perpetrated by a rogue group, of the Irish Republican Army. The devastated father then goes on a rampage of revenge and justice. The movieContinue reading “Movie Review: The Foreigner”

Charlotte and Melissa

By Palmer Smith Melissa returned to town on a winter’s afternoon, one day before her debutante presentation. She had been living for four years in New York City with her father. Her mother, Ellen, was granted custody after befriending the Judge on their case and bribing him. She handed him $30,000 the day prior toContinue reading “Charlotte and Melissa”

Midnight Meeting

By Brianna Malotke Sitting quietly on the stone benchThe damp, brisk air had a chillOr was it just in her bones?Goosebumps on her arms andWhispers in the windWaiting for his arrivalShe sat watching the moonlightBounce off of the headstonesThe soft grey markersDotting her view, she waitedThe ticking of her watchThe soft tap-tap-tapOf her heart inContinue reading “Midnight Meeting”

Letting Go

By Brianna Malotke From this cage of fingersdeeper and darkershe cast his ashescarried off by the wind,dispersed amongst the fallen leaves,clinging to damp greenery.The crisp fall airand recent rainfallmade this moment eerily peaceful.She stayed still.There was no blame,no more arguments or hostile moments.His not so innocent ashesscattered across the gravesof others who had been knockedaroundContinue reading “Letting Go”