Letter From The Editor - Issue 39 - May 2014

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Issue 35
Stories
Tangible Progress
by Edmund R. Schubert
Last Resort
by Michael Greenhut
Wet Work: A Tale of the Unseen
by Matthew S. Rotundo
Southside Gods
by Sarah Grey
Tales for the Young and Unafraid
InterGalactic Medicine Show Interviews
At the Picture Show: Extended Cut
Beautiful demise
by Chris Bellamy

Writing Fantasy

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Southside Gods
    by Sarah Grey

Southside Gods
Artwork by Dean Spencer

This is his element: water.

Holloway has come to repair the Goodwins' washer. It chokes and sputters and burps suds across the laundry room floor.

Mrs. Goodwin apologizes for the mess, for the heat, for the mangy cat that glares from the shelves above. She offers him fresh iced tea. He accepts and hikes his jeans up, for her sake.

When she returns with the full glass, the floor is clean and dry, and the washer hums and churns like a hive of honeybees in spring.

Her eyes widen; her lipsticked mouth falls open in surprise. She tips him generously, and asks him if he can repair the air conditioner, too.

He cannot, he tells her. He blames it on his education, but HVAC is for the gods of wind.

"Oh," she says. "That's a pity. I haven't been able to get ahold of anyone to fix it."

This is his realm: from Oakview Avenue south to Jones Road, between 18th Street and 53rd.

Within these lands, he is every plumber in the directory; he is all search results for toilet repair and leaking faucet. He is the alpha and omega of pipes, a small god of irrigation.

He takes pride in his realm. Within it, the water is clean, and the elements are in balance.

Until now.

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