This month we’ve got life in hell, the dead and despised, maternal funerals, and more. To submit a first line, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bionics by Peter Gulgowski
The Network had one order. Survive.
Wildfire by K. Vann O’Brien
At my mother’s funeral, I listened to a preacher I’d never met talk about her soul.
A Slippery Land by Rick Conti
Fania lived in Hell.
Expired Listings by D.M. Barr
The first “What the fuck?” is always the sweetest.
Doppelgänger by George Schwimmer
Although I’m long dead, I know there are people left who still hate me.
After the Sucker Punch by Lorraine Devon Wilke
One is obligated by moral duty to love one’s child.