We have two excellent fiction selections in this issue. In Ann Rushton’s “Lily” a deadbeat father is forced to confront the troubling shadows of his own choices when he visits a friend in crisis, and, in Alicia Hilton’s flash piece “Sleeping With a Bear,” a woman in a compromising position encounters an ursine with a taste for kidneys.
She was too afraid to move. She tried to convince herself that the bear was a delusion. But how could she smell the bear if he was not real? Where was Fred? She felt tears welling, and her heart beat a staccato in her chest.
The bear slid closer and said, “Do you like to cook with kidney beans?”