Mixed Bag http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com For All your Fiction and Miscellaneous Reading Needs Tue, 09 Apr 2019 09:26:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://i1.wp.com/www.hemas-mixedbag.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/money-bag-2-256x256.png?fit=32%2C32 Mixed Bag http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com 32 32 111981179 After the Soldier Comes Home http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/after-the-soldier-comes-home/ http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/after-the-soldier-comes-home/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2019 14:33:02 +0000 http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/?p=3032 Closely it will follow. It’ll hiss in his ears. “You’re a murderer.” “I did it for my country.” He’ll reason, but the leaf-green eyes of that dead Afghan kid will... Read more »

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The Night Watchman’s Wife http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/the-night-watchmans-wife/ http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/the-night-watchmans-wife/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2019 14:10:45 +0000 http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/?p=3007 Every morning, she watches him clean his kerosene lantern. How tenderly he replaces the wick, how he cleans the glass with undivided attention. When he’s asleep, she breaks the wretched... Read more »

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Sisterhood of Pink Nail-polish http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/the-sisterhood-of-pink-nail-polish/ http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/the-sisterhood-of-pink-nail-polish/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2018 11:48:53 +0000 http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/?p=2958 We meet after twenty years. While we wait for “Miss Corporate Hotshot”, Emily, we talk about husbands and kids. “How silly we were!” We laugh. When Emily arrives, we gape... Read more »

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Opuntia http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/opuntia/ http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/opuntia/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2018 06:42:39 +0000 http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/?p=2938 Prickly Pear aka Opuntia, Genus Cactaceae. The fruit of the cactus plant is green when raw, bright red when ripe. You see her, a prickly pear standing alone by the... Read more »

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Bailey’s Birthday http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/baileys-birthday/ http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/baileys-birthday/#comments Thu, 04 Oct 2018 01:37:09 +0000 http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/?p=2900 I slumped on the couch after putting Bailey to bed. A few minutes later, I heard her laughing. She was sitting up, staring at the wall. “You okay, baby?” I asked.... Read more »

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Monstrous Things http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/monstrous-things/ http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/monstrous-things/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2018 07:41:11 +0000 http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/?p=2871 It was the right time to leave. I would miss the savory taste of Amira’s screams on my tongue and the comforting way they filled my belly. I didn’t want... Read more »

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Purgatory in Binary http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/purgatory-in-binary/ http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/purgatory-in-binary/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:24:28 +0000 http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/?p=2854 Garrett wasn’t what Susan expected. She usually went for the intellectuals, the bankers or the attorneys. You know, the ones who post professional head shots even on online dating sites.... Read more »

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Holding On http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/holding-on/ http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/holding-on/#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:44:47 +0000 http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/?p=2832 She takes hot showers despite the humidity. On the fogged mirror, her finger writes messages to him. When she opens the window, the vapor mingles with the air outside, like... Read more »

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Rekindle http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/rekindle/ http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/rekindle/#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2018 07:04:50 +0000 http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/?p=2798 In my tiny, oven-like kitchen, I persist. I throw in a handful of red chilies and garam masala into the smoking oil. The tempering screams, promising to ignite something within. Still,... Read more »

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The Anthropologist’s Daughter http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/the-anthropologists-daughter/ http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/the-anthropologists-daughter/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:15:30 +0000 http://www.hemas-mixedbag.com/?p=2781 The anthropologist sat cross-legged on the ashram floor, listening to a woman in saffron robes and a shorn head. A veil of serenity kissed the woman’s meth teeth and the... Read more »

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