Carcinogen by L. Breen

Carcinogen by L. Breen

As he watched her through the window, the man noted that she was not particularly beautiful. Yet he knew that if he could be anything in the world, he would be her cigarette. He would be her brand. She wouldn’t settle for anything less than him – his particular blends of tobacco and menthol, the [...]

True, I Liked the Romance of You.

True, I Liked the Romance of You.

I was afraid I’d have to come to the surface and breathe and be clean and tell the truth, that I liked the romance of you, your soft heart with all its quiet fervor that I could hold and massage in my small hands and touch my fingertips together, the thumb and the middle, feeling [...]

Snapshot – Short Story by L. Breen

Snapshot – Short Story by L. Breen

All of her family photos are amateur in the purest, most endearing sense, characterized by eyes squinted shut and flies shamelessly unzipped, and although the background may change – the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Lincoln Memorial -- the photos come in only two standard compositions: her standing beside her mother and her standing beside [...]

Skim Milk and Doorknobs – Short Story by L. Breen

Skim Milk and Doorknobs – Short Story by L. Breen

Writer's Note: An accomplished and eloquent teacher told me that if something is worth writing, it is worth writing until you perfect it, until you believe the story as you believe your own memories. Stories, she said, are where the energy lives inside of us, and our job as writers is to find where that [...]