The Rules

By ​J.McAuley of Nelson, BC, Canada

… He leaned against the barn door, half in, half out. Deciding. On the barn door was a hand-carved sign: no smoking, no open fire, no alcohol. He had crossed an ocean to escape them, but rules awaited wherever he went. …

Breathing Fire

By ​Ed McManis of Denver, Colorado

It was more cute than ferocious, the science teachers agreed, sniggering as they peeked into the basement lab where the 8th graders had barricaded themselves two days before, stacking the desks against the door.

The One

By ​Jess Chua of Port Charlotte, Florida

Blink and you might miss a realization. Exploring means reliving certain things, reopening some wounds to willingly suffer but be rewarded with each new step made in the right direction…

Most Likely to Kidnap the Olsen Twins

By ​Anna Svoboda of London, England

They’re the epitome of huge people in tiny bodies. They wear flats to just underscore their point, “size doesn’t matter.” They come up to the armpits of most people that surround them, but they don’t need to be looking down to know that they’re deities….

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