Hot as Sin

By D.T. Krippene Leigh, as only her closest associates called her, glided across the circular top balcony of the Singapore’s Marina Sands Casino to observe people gathered around gaming tables three floors below. Though orphaned at birth with no direct kin, she took some comfort in the Singaporean-structured, yet chaotic,…

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The Body in the Blue Kimono

By Dan Morey A rich old lady in Culver City hired me to track down her delinquent granddaughter. I did my best, but a fisherman found her first—floating dead in Ballona Creek. The cops weren’t talking, so I drove out to Playa del Rey, where the creek dumps into Santa…

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Churros and Treasure

By Margaret Kelliher Manuel gazed out of his food truck at the beach. Teenagers dove for volleyballs in the sand. Familiar high school couples walked with their arms wrapped around each other. Neon kites floated aloft on a warm breeze, their strings held tight by children dressed in vibrant rash…

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Desist

By Deryn Pittar Note: The Battle of Gate Pa on 29th April, 1864. ‘Mine will be the days, mine the nights, mine all the creeks, mine the hills, mine the plains–all are mine. I am free to act in or on them. This is a warning to you . ….

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