HONORABLE MENTION: Foundling Review's 50-word fiction contest, Pachaas.



Mayfly, Minnesota runs seven blocks, a geezer bar and a broken gas pump. He grew up
here. She did too. The bugs come out on black lake nights, the summer hatch. She smiles
as he cups them in killing jars, mouthless things skittering along the ether, small as their

Max Vande Vaarst is a maybe possibly someday up-and-coming writer of imaginative fiction whose work is currently forthcoming in  A Few Lines and Jersey Devil Press. He presently resides in the Denver area, but can be found online at



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