THE TECHWORK HORSE // M. H. Ayinde – 5582 words
A lowblood daughter of a washer-woman remains convinced that an ancient, powerful steed will awaken for her; no matter her family’s festering disappointment, and the growing threat of feverborn invaders.
BABY BROTHER // Kalynn Bayron – 3211 words
Morgan loves his baby brother. Even though he’s never acted the same since the shadows came, that summer night when the fire burned too low. Even when his parents fight over who is to blame, and Morgan fears it’s all his fault.
DELETE YOUR FIRST MEMORY FOR FREE // Kel Coleman – 3625 words
A targeted ad for a memory clinic sparks a circle of friends’ interest. Awkward Devin would rather fold laundry—or maybe get tattoos, like normal drunk people—but Fatima’s into trying it, and Devin’s into Fatima. What could they possibly lose?
ALL IN A DAY’S WORK // Jade Stewart – 3663 words
Walker’s a confident, gifted, for-hire slayer, devoted to protecting humanity as they see fit. When the demon of the day turns out to be their biggest challenge, will a local coven convince them to join forces?
RAINBOWS & NECKLACES // Martins Deep
A POEM IN WHICH SANGO HANGS LIGHTNING AND LULLABIES HIS CHILDREN // Ernest O. Ògúnyẹmí
ERSTWHILE RAMELON // K. Ceres Wright