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Jun 22 2012


NEW WAND She’d just finished her new wand, when the mischievous fairies stole it. One moment it was here, the next gone. We searched everywhere. Every day we passed through our curtained doorway. Then one October morning, it hung at eye level barely clinging to the curtain’s edge. The fairies had returned it before leaving […]

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Jun 21 2012


THE SELKIE Her longing drew him. He plunged. Swam through the chill water, with long strokes past seals dotting the rocky coastal edge. He entered the cave’s dark mouth. Sunlight through a high crevasse illuminated her watery chamber. He stared transfixed. She opened her arms and heart toward him. A moment, then vanished, forever. Madeleine […]

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Apr 26 2012


Driving over the mountains her ears plugged up. Beside her, his tiresome voice blurred to a grey drone. The radio flickered, static; then silence. Snow clouds released their heavy burden. Sky and road merged in white brilliance. Blindly she drove into the light. Madeleine Sklar© 2012

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Apr 24 2012


SPRING CLEANING “Iris, heads like spears, knife-shaped leaves, hands in prayer, pressing through dark unconscious earth seeking the light. Is it not the same for us?” She turned from the window. “Of course, Dear. … don’t forget the laundry.” Eyes glued to the game, he startled, hearing their door slam behind her for the last […]

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Apr 18 2012


HAUNTED HOUSE Her parents claimed it was her imagination: Evenings, she’d scream, hearing ghostly whispers or feeling dead fingers stroke her neck. Even after her family moved away, the ghosts’ breath, tangled Indian smoke signals in her memory. A half-century later, she’d return with her son to discover her childhood’s blue handprints, waiting, behind the […]

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Apr 17 2012


PRINCE CHARMING “You can’t escape death or taxes.” Hiding her earnings, she’d escaped taxes. “Now, for death,” she thought, sliding her young, dying body into the cryogenic pod. “Look, Snow White!” a metallic voice said, opening her enclosure. “One kiss, she’s mine!” Wondering how long she’d slept, her eyes fluttered open to meet his intent […]

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Apr 08 2012


HIS SHOES When the old man’s dress shoes were donated to a thrift store, Mady bought them for her son’s concert. She and his father listened spellbound. His vibrant saxophone notes poured forth, tumbling over slick black toes. After graduation, the outgrown shoes languished in his deserted room. Now his father wears their shiny barely […]

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Apr 07 2012


THE ODD COUPLE Seeing her beloved husband asleep, she unzipped the thin seam at her pubis, tucked the shed skin beneath their bed, and flew into the night. Following breakfast, he kissed her. Then, as always, drove to a solitary spot, unzipped the seam beneath his beard and scampered out into the meadow. Madeleine Sklar© […]

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Apr 06 2012


LOVE BUG Every time she had sex, the relationship always ended the same way. Never before had she given any thought as to the meaning of life. But this time, nibbling on his head before she carefully laid her eggs along the length of his lifeless body, she began to wonder. Madeleine Sklar© 2012

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Apr 05 2012


  Her eyes hypnotically followed Mother’s impeccably dressed, slim form delicately climb the polished mahogany stepladder. She watched her white-gloved hands stroke each shelf, traveling around window frames and over furniture. She watched Mother carefully caress the room’s upper moldings, checking for dust. Terrified of what Mother might find.         Madeleine Sklar© 2012

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