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…

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…

Listening

by Kevin Huang| Through the peeling wall I listen as you pop your knuckles one by one. Each pop makes me twitch. Twitches that I barely notice, perhaps because I have become so used to them over the year. Delicate pops of destruction echoing through the wall. A wall that I pray will never crumble.…

The Duel

by William Yang| A lush, colorful garden covered the rooftops that belonged to the tall towers of the Kensington palace-estate which could only be reached by navigating a series of spiraling stairs and walkways. The garden housed deep-rooted trees bearing fruits, bushes carrying ripe berries, and exotic flowers from afar in bloom. Lit only by…

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