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True North

For a moment Ignacio forgets himself, forgets the wails of the baby next door that pierce the clapboard apartment walls, forgets the tension in the space just above his shoulder blades that flares with each unattended scream. From his third-floor window he is looking at the sidewalk below and the rain, just enough to mat [...]

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Before the Wall

From my house on Cambridge Street in North Long Beach, my family and I could hear the cars and trucks zooming down the 710. The vibrations made it feel like an earthquake! A dozen times or so while lying in my bed at night, I could hear an accident on the freeway. As I always [...]

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Birds

Tommy ran into the house, and the backyard was quiet again. The gun felt cold in my hand. I dropped it on the ground. I paused for several seconds, awaiting a cue of some sort, but one didn’t come. I walked over to the corner where the bird had fallen. One eye was still open, [...]

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Ninety-Nine Cents Only

U-Check and First to Know. Those were her options. Each only 99 cents. She picked up the blue U-Check box, flipping her wrist to read the back. Marilu wouldn’t shut up—a continuous clucking over her shoulder. “He was just being insecure, ya know? Just wanted to make sure I was his.” “Mmm-hmmm,” Steffany muttered. “At [...]

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