Nervous Encounters

by Peggy Wang| Somewhere in the Gobi desert, Anna Wen was unable to stop being nervous. This was a very disturbing fact to her because she didn’t get nervous, it wasn’t how she was built. Not even with the threat of an all-out global nuclear war looming, like at the super secret summit between the…

They Ran

by Becky Chen| The sun floated on the horizon. “We need to hurry.” She grabbed her hand and they ran, their heavy breathing misting the icy morning air. “We won’t make it,” Mindy gasped, the metallic taste of blood in her mouth. Still running, Karen turned and gave Mindy an encouraging smile. “We will.” The train…

Learning From Mistakes

by Melissa Chang| As Leo made his way down to the basement of the desolate house, the stairs creaked with every step he took. Clutched in one hand was a wooden stake and in the other a Glock. He had given up on bring wooden crosses after witnessing their uselessness. Having driven the wooden stake…

Unfortunate Results

by Peter Wu| “Unfortunately, there is no mistake,” she said, closing the file. James sank into his chair as he heard the words leave the doctor’s mouth. The news caught James by surprise, evident by his enlarged eyes and blank stare. “Are you sure?” James asked, “Maybe there was a mix-up in the lab or something?”…

Drowning

by Tess Lin| “It felt like drowning,” Jessie started. “How so?” Morgan asked, leaning back into his chair. “Like that kind of love that doesn’t get returned,” she clarified. “ You think that when you care about someone more than anybody or anything else in the world, then they’ll just automatically care about you just…

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.…

Horrible Neighbors

by Peggy Wang| Old lady Tabatha has been living on this street ever since she was a small girl. Her father bought the house she was living in now. She inherited the house after her parents passing. Her neighbors always thought that it was such a sad waste that no man was fit worthy enough…

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…

Happy?

by Peggy Wang| I see them all day, and never with a smile on their weary faces. For me, the happiest time of day is when these nurses give me my candy. After the candy goes down, I’m happy all day. With all this endless singing, dancing, and laughing, this is definitely, no questions asked,…

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…

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