Creative Writing

The GO Order by Jessica Michael

They evacuate a town 20 miles south of here, as fire swallows gully after gully. I take a walk, count butterflies, ignore the plume that smears an entire quadrant of sky. I try not to think about the incompleteness of my bug-out bag— toothpaste without brush, money without license— the inadequacy of tires as lifesavers. I don’t want to know how twigs crack like bones, how smoke rakes through lungs, how trees are lungs. I need my haven, my nest of appointments kept. They

Archibald and the Mermaid by Jessica Michael

“I have known salmon to be particularly talkative during the full moon. The same cannot be said for tuna, who are notoriously closed-mouthed, so to speak. Unless, of course, one knows the right questions to ask about their ancestral history. They simply adore genealogy, and will go on for hours reciting bloodlines and the like. In fact, I once engaged a school of tuna in a discussion about a common ancestor and ended up missing the South Equatorial current to Brazil. I had to swim all the way to

Salome: A Retelling of the Biblical Story. {fiction}

Long ago, the story of Salome and John the Baptist was recorded in the Bible. Legend tells that she performed the Dance of the Seven Veils for her stepfather, King Herod, on his birthday. This pleased him, and he gave an oath that she could ask him for whatever she wished. She consulted her mother, who instructed her to ask for the head of the king’s political prisoner, John the Baptist, on a platter — Salome’s mother bore a grudge against him for opposing her marriage. This is how Salome beca