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Week Ten: The Readiness Factor

You can read this series from the beginning here. I hate to admit it here, but I missed the last two weeks of August going to a corporate meeting in the Bahamas. This sounds like a corrupt and decadent thing for a progressive to do, but at least I come by it honestly. The family trust funds are technically Bahamian corporations, and since I’m now over twenty-one, I am technically a corporate director, and I was legally required, therefore, to spend two weeks at the Atlantis resort attending board meetings. […]

PreTeena November 23-30, 2014

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Innocent Victim

Brittany must’ve said something, but she could never remember.Tears filled her eyes and she couldn’t say much, and her mother took the phone from her and spoke for a little while longer. Her father seemed a little mollified by what Erica told him of the principal’s words, but rage still seethed through him.He opened and closed his hands over and over, and he couldn’t sit still. "John," said Erica, "he asked us to be there on the stage tomorrow with Erica.You’ve got to keep it under control." "I’ll try," said […]

Innocent Victim

Silence grew around Brittany as she walked. She kept her eyes down, but she could still see faces change to disgust as they noticed her. The whole corridor became deathly quiet and she scarcely dared to breathe. She reached her locker and tried to vanish, but she could feel eyes upon her–every eye. She drew out her tablet and locked her purse in the locker, hurrying towards her first class. As she went somebody came up behind her and hissed a single hateful word. "Slut!" She whirled, but she couldn’t […]

Week Nine: The Anthropomorphic Fallacy

You can read this series from the beginning here. "You know what the problem is," Carl said. "Curry-to-naan ratio," I said. Carl and I both liked the same Indian vegetarian place. It was close to the office when we needed a change from brown-bag lunches at our cubicles. The food was decent, but they had some work to do on portion-sizing. "Besides that. Look, what we’re really all about is expanding the scope and size of government, right?" "That’s kind of reductivist of you," I said. "We’re about implementing pragmatic, […]

The Angry Astronaut Affair

By the time Reginald Waite returned home, the darkness of night covered the Houston metropolitan area, a perfect close for a perfectly rotten day. It was supposed to be a routine trip to Pasadena to discuss the specifics of a new model of satellite Antares was taking up next month, but he’d no more than started preflight checks on his T-38 Talon when he started finding maintenance errors. By the time he got everything corrected and in the air, he was running late enough that he’d had to use every […]

Chapter 1 of A Girl, A Dog, A Boat

A Girl, A Dog, A Boat Fiction by Audie Cockings Chapter 1: Listen to Your Mother She told me this would happen. At sixty-eight years old, my mom, Flossie, hit the nail on the head, yet again. She was right about Andy, Marc, James, Julian, Miguel, and now Todd. I should have stuck with serial monogamy. That seemed to hurt less. I knew it was coming. But seeing Todd’s wedding announcement in The Capital Paper to a certain female named Barbie Joe caused a pain in my chest that I […]

Non-Traditional Holiday Fiction Contest

Holiday-themed fiction has become sadly predictable: ‘Tis the Season for Santa, reindeer, and family reconciliation. Not that we don’t love tradition and feel-good endings; but it feels like it’s time for something a bit…different. So for Liberty Island’s first annual Holiday Fiction Contest, we’re asking for you to surprise us. Pick your favorite genre–sci fi, fantasy, mystery, military, what have you–and, using the basic conventions of that genre, tell an interesting and compelling story with a Christmas or Chanukkah backdrop. The best entries will be featured in Liberty Island’s end-of-the-year […]

PreTeena November 17-23, 2014

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Week Eight: The Mountaineer Scenario

You can read this series from the beginning here. It was late on Friday morning, and I had decided it was a lot more fun to Photoshop pictures of Supreme Court justices into chauffeur and butler outfits–to demonstrate their servility to their corporate masters, you understand–than it was to actually read Supreme Court decisions. I hadn’t been able to finish the LSAT test-prep book that my dad bought me, so my chances of actually being able to understand all the details of any given Supreme Court decision was pretty low. […]