0   0 readings 5 min
The sun was beating down on the front porch, so hot that anyone who wasn’t used to the South would be running inside. Rocking chairs creaked across the wooden slats, back and forth and back and ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
0   0 readings 5 min
No flashlights. No talking.

Above the silence was a calm swish of pants ahead as the depth of darkness flowed behind. Our trek moved outward, as if no one was there; as if there wasn’t a... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
0   1 readings 5 min
Mothers are not supposed to die.
At least not while their children are still being raised.
But someone forgot to tell that to the universe, because my mother died six weeks before my 14th ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
2   105 readings 5 min
I knew Raul for only eight hours. He was an elementary school teacher; unusual work for a young Latino. And, he was a grad student of mine in a Master’s degree class devoted to “at risk ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
0   12 readings 5 min
What is this feeling? This feeling that makes me shiver. That just holds me down like a weight. I don't get it, what's the point of this feeling? The young teenage girl thought while she walked home ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
1   14 readings 3 min
I stare at the gold letters on the door of the apartment, making a list of all the reasons why this was the right door to choose.
49 is the square of seven which is the best number out there.
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Set Stories Free 2018
1   9 readings 5 min

Carmen

BMC, ago

Carmen's rooms in the senior high-rise contained the flotsam of more than eighty years of life. Romance, finance, religion, politics, diversions, all were represented by some physicality.
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Set Stories Free 2018
1   39 readings 5 min
They say the ghosts of the bulls charge in Pamplona. The pale whispers of their mighty roars can be heard as the wind blows in the distance. They cry for their fallen brothers in anguish and in ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
2   24 readings 5 min
It seems we search for small joys in peacetime, but need them more desperately in wartime. Surely the first spring flowers that end the gray days of winter will lighten many hearts. For others, ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
15   382 readings 5 min
The doctors explaining the consent form referred to him as an allergen. That’s the only reason he could figure they prescribed him Claritin. Well, technically they didn’t prescribe Claritin, ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
1   16 readings 3 min
“The time was long spent, colored mostly by pain, fear, and overwhelming panic. The clips that I saw through partly opened eyes, like the white linens colored with stark crimson in a haphazard ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
2   37 readings 1 min
My sister’s brain tumor was a slow elevator down from the honor roll to the funeral page. In between was an eighteen month decline that she pressed forward to her sixteenth birthday, which we ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018