Leaf~Land Journal – The Literary Journal of Leaf~Land Press

Wept the River

Lizzy was asleep alone in Badger’s car when Ryan’s jeep rolled down the long slope of the Gaffney yard and into the river. It wasn’t the sound that roused her, but the flashlight beams circling in the yard, sparring and separating like boxers.

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Sharks

The short man smiled in a cruel way and said the women were like sharks. They had to keep moving or they would die. The tall man laughed and said it was true. They told her to make sure her affairs were in order, and snatched a couple of the mangoes. Then they disappeared down a side street.

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A Client’s Call

But I'm thinking, this is a nice guy, in a nice apartment, and he's easy on the eyes. Shit, it'd be nice to have him as a regular, so I say, why don't you pay me now, okay, but let's not waste it, why don't we go into the bedroom and just take it slow, and we don't have to do anything you don't want.

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Ultimately

The old black piano, pushed against a side wall... had I seen it open before? Certainly not in use, and I wouldn't have known if it was tuned. It was. From the back, he looked both straight and relaxed. From the back he looked somehow vulnerable. Maybe we all do.

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All Joy, No Fun

Lydia was too flustered to play with Penelope, so she let her wriggle on her hip, laughing, as she pulled the diaper bag from the locker. That guy, Dave, had been checking out her ass. Like straight up staring at it, laser focused on her butt as she pulled out a wedgie.

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Untouched Grail

None of us did anything except watch a teenage girl choke out a middle-aged copywriter with thin wire frames and a red-checkered shirt that could have doubled as a picnic blanket.

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Excerpt from Tiger Pelt

Tiger Pelt is set in occupied Korea during World War II. This excerpt observes a poor farm boy, Kim Young Nam, as he watches over his fragile younger brother, nicknamed “Owlet”. Their family of subsistence farmers has been rendered destitute in support of the Japanese war effort, and the boys’ two older brothers have been conscripted to labor camps.

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