The Diving Board by Stephanie Parent

Originally published in the Red Skies anthology by Splintered Disorder Press. Every evening after midnight, summer of 2020, strangest summer of my life, I heard it: the sound of the diving board rebounding, hopeful and hollow, rising and falling, promising an ice princess plunge or the smack of a belly flop. The pool was half a block from my childhood home in Baltimore, Maryland – … Continue reading The Diving Board by Stephanie Parent

Daddy’s Brown Belt by Edith K Magak

content warning: physical child abuse I was 11 when I told my father to kill me. It was after midnight, I think. My younger brother Sammy and I had been arguing from when primetime news started. Over what, I can’t remember. Daddy, who was coming to our room for the third time that night, threatened to whip us if he heard our voices again. That’s … Continue reading Daddy’s Brown Belt by Edith K Magak