A hunter looking for big game is locked into a disturbing conversation with an emaciated grizzly bear.

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Sleep did not come easy to the Hunter that first — and last — night. As he cozied up to his rifle, finger grazing the trigger guard for ease of access if he needed to shoot an intruding predator in the night, his thoughts turned casually toward suicide.

He had…

“It looked more like an upscale dermatologist’s office than a church. Or spiritual center. Laurie had asked her to call it a spiritual center.”

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Clara was led through the open concept lobby. Populated by gold interiors and tan furniture, the whole facility looked more like an upscale dermatologist’s office than a church. Or spiritual center. Laurie had asked her to call it a spiritual center.

Natural light was filtered through tinted floor-to-ceiling windows. Most…

A short horror tale.

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If you ask anybody who lives at the Imperial Court Mobile Home Community off Route 117 when the trouble really began, they would probably tell you it was when Lila had her first aneurysm.

That was a whole year before the real big trouble started, but if you wanted to…

And I’ve made it so many times. And I will probably keep making it.

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I’m not a four-figure writer on Medium. As of this moment, I only have about 250 followers, just over a thousand views in the last 30 days, and I’ve made roughly $75 over the past two months.

However, I seem to strike… not gold… let’s say bronze… once a month…

How being alone showed me how much I had changed.

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My partner and I live in the same apartment, but as of late, it’s felt more and more like we’re a thousand miles apart.

No, I’m not being metaphorical. I mean it literally. We are spending a lot less time together because he recently took a promotion which entails a…

Joe Shetina

They/he. Writer of fiction, screenplays, plays, reviews, essays, and poetry. Chicago. https://linktr.ee/jshetina

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