A Full-Length Mirror

by Julie Wang| We rented a studio apartment in the middle of Taipei. It was cramped, so we piled everything up to the ceiling to save space . When getting dressed, I can only see my top half in the bathroom mirror. “I can’t see if my dress looks good or not,” I would say.…

Amazonian Rites of Womanhood

by Lisa Chao| Elysia felt as though the sun was was smiling upon her on this joyous day. She watched as the birds danced in the clear blue skies. Listened as the waves hit the cliffs, the sound soothing her nervousness of the day to come. Outside, the older women were laughing and singing as…

The Morgue

by Peter Wu| My parents are still confused why I’d given up medical school to come work here in the morgue. This is the third autopsy of the day. I watch and don’t even flinch at the sight of blood. “Scalpel.” The pathologist said. I wonder if he can see my smile under the mask. “Cut…

Confessions

by Tess Lin| No matter how much I love you, it’s just not worth it. I watched you and followed you ever since that first day in class. Then, I started to plot. I brought the rope and procured some pills. But then it came to visit me.”Stay away from my Lily,” your rainbow colored…

Ungrateful

by William Yang| “Others would be thanking me right now you know.” “Can’t I have a choice in my own death?” Sparks flew as the mechanized warriors flung themselves into each other. Metal on metal. Clank after clank. Blow after blow, the ground shook from the shear force of the fight. A fight between two…

The Art of Cooking

by Peter Wu In the beginning, there was only hunger. The fridge was completely empty. And so he saw that there was nothing and said, “Let there be food.” But the fridge remained empty. I mean, come on, this wasn’t no fairy tale and he wasn’t a magician nor some demigod. So he pulled himself…

The Foolish Knight

by Becky Chen| A knight encounters a troll on a bridge. “Do I have to fight you?” Asked the knight. “No need for a fight if you can pay the toll.” “I’m in a hurry, troll. What is the price?” “Promise to keep this bridge safe.” “Sure. Whatever.” “Say it and mean it.” “Fine. I…

Laughter

by Alex Chen| Three years have passed since I last set foot in the United States. While backpacking in the outback, I somehow found myself overextending my stay on Jack and Olivia’s little farm. At first, I had no plans on staying more than a week. Two weeks tops. I had booked a stay in…

Andrea

by Julie Wang| “Andrea, power on!” “I am not voice activated, Dave.” I looked up at it and she purred back at me. “Get me a coffee. Black and two sugars.” “That was not the function I was built for. I am not a coffee-maker. I can be more useful to you in other ways.”…

My Body

by Peggy Wang| Today, he made me a new finger. It looked like all my other fingers, but without the red nail polish. “You need to be careful in the kitchen.” He smiled at me. He loved fixing my body in his image. “This is what a woman is supposed to look like.” He told…

Innocence

by Melissa Chang| Adam smiled at me today. I can’t describe the immense feeling of bliss I get in the pit of my stomach whenever I’m around him. We’ve only been colleagues for a few weeks, but he is by far the most astounding man working here. I can’t help but wonder why he is…

Purpose

by Alex Chen| The grey fog has troubled The Peacekeeper ever since it first appeared a few days back. He had experienced curses enough times to know that this was no natural fog – it was supernatural in nature. The fog was a great concern that needed to be dealt with, sooner rather than later.…

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