Pulling her Ralph Lauren Black Label leather coat closed against the freezing air, Claire knocks on the first level door of a sprawling, fully above-ground Upper West Side townhouse. The home features 1,000 square feet of entertaining space with a sizeable open kitchen and 30 foot living room. Claire coughs.
The real estate agent, Will, answers the door. He wears a Gray Calvin Klein two-button notch lapel suit. “Oh my god, you look more beautiful every time I see you,” he says to Claire. “How is that possible?”
“You look good, too,” she offers quietly to his back.
Happy holidays! We're happy to bring you three speculative-fiction presents this winter: two flash pieces bursting with goodness, plus a recipe. (A recipe?!?)
Before you take the test, there are a few things you need to know. There are no right or wrong answers, per se.
Before the test, spend time in the social centers observing others’ behavior. Reread the common laws at the Justice Hall. Keep to your assigned schedule and fill all empty time with Value-Rated activities.
This month: an explosion of flash in three outstanding stories: Ten Steps to a Successful Apocalypse, The Boot Collector, and Bon Manje. Each can be read in a coffee break and each will deliver a lot more buzz. Enjoy!
Ten Steps to a Successful Apocalypse
· Make a cup of chamomile tea. Mix in a bit of honey. Drink it, slowly. The apocalypse will involve a great deal of screaming. Best to begin with a well-soothed throat.
· Say your farewells. For family, this should be done in person if time permits. For co-workers, a text message will suffice.
· If you own fish, do not say farewell to them. This is all their goddamn fault, after all.