Strength in Numbers

I like to believe I can fend for myself — that I’m a strong, capable woman who can take life on the chin. But every now and again, when I’m sent reeling toward either end of the spectrum, extreme happiness or sadness, I find I’m not quite so invincible by myself. I need companionship. Family, friends, and loved ones are there to celebrate the highs and commiserate the lows. Even when I pretend I’m walking my path alone, it doesn’t negate the fact that they’re still with me.

John Dunne said, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” I think that sums this issue up nicely.

In Ashe Thurman’s fantasy story,“Kitsune no Yomeiri”, a husband’s attempt to embrace his pregnant wife’s culture goes painfully awry. “6 Attempts to Win Jennifer’s Heart” by James Aquilone is a humorous scifi stab at office romance. And finally, in Alison McBain’s mainstream piece “On the Fly”,  Jorge struggles with his place in life, both in and out of the kitchen.



Publisher, Flash Fiction Online