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“Smartphone Arguments”

In a Chinese restaurant, a mother and father tapped away on their smartphones, ignoring the three children in between them. If someone was writing a...

Babaylan in playland by the sea

“Rosebud… A girl’s name? You wouldn’t think that a man in his dying breath would mention someone’s name out of the blue after fifty...

Northeastern novocaine

The lake should have been calm, but when you catch yourself at the brink of meeting Death, when everything that you are begins to...

Asymptotes

I instantly felt the void when I laid my eyes on her. I know for myself that I knew her like the back of...

Matches

Madge used to make wishes on raindrops. Lev always said that you could see more raindrops on windows than stars in the night sky...

Chrysalis

Her: butterflies glimpses The butterflies came after the fortieth day. One after another, chasing in the wafts of air like hummingbirds, encircling me with play...

Bag-ong Yanggaw

Perhaps it was right to suppose that evil lurks everywhere. Likhâ’s own father believed this truism all of his young life. This, however, did not...

The pipes

  They can’t kill us. No. I won’t let them. Ever. Since the day I came to this world, I opened my eyes and was greeted by...

The girl in the river

  It had been a hard death, that much was clear. The Pasig River had spit the girl out at the end of a long storm....

The yule tree

From when she was a child, Marivic could see spirits. A hairy creature, half-man and half horse and smoking a cigar, occupied the balite tree...

A child’s reality of Santa Claus

TO GO KILL SANTA CLAUS—Jason was saying, and I was listening intently—one has to shoot him down with the T-square of the Mechanical Engineers....

The Man with the Missing Leg

The sky was bleeding its last light out onto the sky when I saw the man who lay face down on the pavement. A...
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