“The War Rages On” By Brittanie Maccarone

The war rages on. The moon and stars are obscured by the Thick, black smoke. A rancid, gray haze, Like a cloak covering the forest floor. The riverbed is full of nature’s inhabitants, The river itself, rushing with the violence of the moment, Presenting a second, powerful danger. They are trapped, shaking, and terrified. The …

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“Evacuation” By Howard Shipley

Tap. Tap. Tap. The curtains, pulled tight on the front door of the small one-bedroom home, muffle the early morning knocking. Martha closes the lid on a bottle of hand sanitizer, returning it to the circular glass-topped end table beside her leather recliner—leather cracked from years of being massaged by her alcohol laden hands. Trailing …

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