The Thing in the Mailbox by Sandra Kolankiewicz | music: Isostasie for piano quintet by Anna Korsun

My first thought when I saw Katie walk into the bar with a man was not, ‘Who’s the guy she’s with?’  Instead, I worried whether she’d think I was on a date with the woman I was talking to—and then I’d never get her back. Katie and the man she was with stood at the …

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Surviving Amelia by Naomi Rand | music: Rainfall at the Harbor by Ssu-Yu Huang

October 1937 Amelia dug her navigator’s grave all day, using rocks and shells to shove back the earth. Her fingers were blistered, torn. But at least Fred was decently buried underground. On the forty-seventh day you rest, she told herself. Yet, it was more than that long. She knew from the notches carved into the …

A World Apart by Beth Horning | music: Ostinato by Christine Webster

Among the aides at Larville Manor nursing home in the summer of 1972, the favorite patient by far was Estelle. Not only was she one of those who could cope with food that had not been pureed beyond recognition, but she was—to use a word that got used a lot in our small Midwestern town—nice. …

And the Birds Change by Gerard McKeever | music: Death’s Thin Melody by Paul Rudy

Crichton had been smoking that cigarette for hours, or so it seemed. Trying not to move too much, he reached into his pocket and fumbled for his lighter again. Everything was happening in a kind of muted slow motion. In and out of focus, the flame inside his hands was an intermittent addition to a …

Different Rooms, Different Spaces by Priscilla Layne (transposition) & Hermann Mensing | music: Biocomputer Music by Eduardo R. Miranda

Prelude: While searching for definitions I might have found a mathematical and a physical definition for space, but not one for room. For example, I could not find out whether a space has windows. Nor could I find out whether a room has to have windows in order to be considered a room. So I …