Surfacing

By Kathryn Holzman They were married in the summer. The Justice of the Peace sat at the helm of the rowboat. From the shore, stereo speakers played the Wedding March. Renee wore a bathing suit and a veil and promised, for the second time in her life, to love another until death parted them. Her […]

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Geri’s Hands

By JL Higgs The sound of children’s voices in the salt sea air was what drew Geri toward the window overlooking the park. Easing between the paintings, drawings, and sculptures crammed into her 2nd floor studio, she halted in front of the slightly open window. Across the street, children in colorful protective winter clothing dotted the […]

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Inside Scarlet

By Joseph Szewczyk (TW) It’s painful to have your veins collapse. I read this one book written by a heroin junkie; he said as much. I never did heroin, but with all the blows to the body, the blocking with my arms and knees, I can sympathize. You feel like all of the life is […]

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Learning the Language

By Melinda Bailey At eleven months, she still had the cleft—wide enough to cover the roof of her mouth. “That’s a very small cleft,” the surgeon said but when he saw the look on the feeding specialist’s face, he looked again. “I take that back. That’s the largest cleft I’ve ever seen. I didn’t know […]

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The Muted Colors of the Common Inner Landscape

This second person narrative by Josh Sczykutowicz transcends the gap between human and animal. It is a journey into instinct, and the reader is transported deep within themself as they take center stage in the story. We become what we are looking for just as we become lost. Perhaps my favorite aspect of Fiction is the […]

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What is Left for the Living

Ellen Denton’s short story, “Whisper Down the Wind”, was the first fiction piece featured on Open Thought Vortex. This story approaches the genre with uncanny ease, reading deep into the emotional processes of grief. Ellen accomplishes the dive into humanity swiftly, with an economy of words that surprises as much as the beauty of the […]

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The Spike: Cause & Effect

By L R Fletcher Toni holds his breath to avoid inhaling the bus’s fetid fumes as he bounces aboard, the promise of the special weekend ahead putting an extra spring in his step, and pauses for the eagle-eyed driver to inspect his pass. The hook-nosed pilot is the only one on this route to have […]

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Howl Their Song

“Worn” was a forgiving description of your hands – covered in dirt across every crack of the skin, the fingernails bent back and cuticles bloodied; you held them out to your eyes in the dawn’s early light. Sweat ran down and into your eyes. You had been digging for something, searching down below for whatever […]

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Rip Out Your Vocal Cords: An Open Letter to the Mother Who Won’t Grow Up

Enough is enough. Stop being the reason why men think women are deceitful. You have tried to manipulate so many people. I can’t be one of them. You make good women and single mom’s look bad. You are the bad apple. If you say “I just can’t!” one more time, I may have to rip out your vocal cords.

A final thought, You are a MotherDick.

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Meet C. Streetlights -OTV’s Voice of Reason

There’s a good chance C. Streetlights became part of the mafia in New York City after sympathizing with her waitress at TGIFridays and her waitress gave her a large take out bag filled with sandwiches and desserts. “The family” took care of the bill, she told C., throwing her arms around her, kissing her on […]

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