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Small Town Murder

Small Town Murder

Rebecca Dickson, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018

Filed under Short Stories, Spring 2018

Every Friday night, I take the same trip home to Hernando, Mississippi. Driving through the Delta at night is always so dark. The long drive gets lonely, so I always listen to my favorite podcast, Small Town Murders. James and Jimmy fill my speakers with mysterious murder cases and humor as I pass by all of these similarly small...

Noble Mask

Noble Mask

Kjirsten Whitsell, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018

Filed under Short Stories, Spring 2018

  Bubbly suds cover the floors as my bristle brush scrub the dirt. The heat in the air evaporates the soapy water before I finish even a small square of the floor. My hands look like prunes from dunking them in the water so often. Leaning back to stretch my muscles, I wipe my hand across my face, hoping the droplets...

The Sweetest Lie: A Pakistani Folktale

The Sweetest Lie: A Pakistani Folktale

December 25, 2017

Once upon a time, there was a king so generous and kind. He would always wander across the streets in disguise to listen to his people’s conversations, their problems, and their thoughts. One fine day while walking in a beautiful garden, the king noticed four women whispering. Being curious, he hid himself behind a tree...

My Adventures with Mark Begin

My Adventures with Mark Begin

November 5, 2017

What happened that night was so strange, and yet so real. It seemed to have lasted for quite some time, yet it was only in a single night! I will try to explain it as best as I can. The details are so striking and memorable that I think I can do a pretty good job of telling it, though I might miss a few more minor details. There...

In the Woods of the County of Flanders: the year 1088 A.D.

In the Woods of the County of Flanders: the year 1088 A.D.

November 5, 2017

The chase was on! The boar charged through the trees, brushing by bushes as often as he could in a futile attempt to get away from his pursuers who were bearing down on him as they flew through the woods on agile steeds. He was wearing out and he knew it. He must soon find the right place and time to face his attackers...

Scorching Earth

Scorching Earth

November 1, 2017

Hot sand burned the soles of my feet as I stumbled up another sand dune. It was the hundredth one I’d climbed and probably wasn’t going to be the last one as there was an entire sea of them as far as the eye could see. Scorching heat seared my face red along with my arms and legs as I tried to swallow with a dry mouth. I s...

People Are Like Lollipops

October 19, 2017

Cooling Sunlight

Cooling Sunlight

October 5, 2017

The water felt cool even through my wetsuit as I dived deeper into the open plains of the ocean. Sunlight, gentle and soft, streamed through the surface and danced with the bubbles expelled from my regulator. I shifted it a little in my mouth as I took another breath, watching in awe as the bubbles floated up to the surface...

Embers

Embers

Blake Barnes, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2017

Filed under Delta Arts, Fall 2017, Short Stories

Day by day, they wandered, and every sunset their home. The stars had become familiar to them, the only consistency outside of each other. Every new face in every new place offered the same darting glances, passing over like mindless whispers of clouds, unlike the ones they loved to watch so sleeplessly. They found a place...

Cold Notes

Cold Notes

April 2, 2017

Momma would sit down with her laptop on the couch and eat ice all day long. Yes, I’m talking cold cubes of ice and a never ending “CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH” that drove me up a god-damn wall.   I googled it once. Web MD said that eating ice, or Pagophagia, as its known in the world of medical science, can be related...

Surviving High School: Chapter 2

Surviving High School: Chapter 2

March 24, 2017

“Ah, our newest student has finally graced us with her presence,” Mr. Tillridge, the biology teacher, sneered from the blackboard. She winced at his disapproving glare as she walked hurriedly to an empty desk by the window. “Now, as I was saying before being rudely interrupted by Miss Lycora…” So shocked and dazed...

Surviving High School: Chapter One

Surviving High School: Chapter One

February 21, 2017

Chapter One At first, skipping a grade seemed like a reward—an honor. A part of her thought she might even be presented with a certificate of some sort. But when she walked into the classroom, she realized the award she received from the school was nothing more than fanfare to disguise the hardship she inadvertently faced. ...