Zero Sum Game

by Allen Lu Charlie’s toothbrush was just for show. Their mother always used to say: “I don’t care if you’re running late, half asleep, or on your death bed! The first thing you do when you wake up and the last thing before bed should be to brush your teeth!”

The Café

by Kirstin Yu The Café hasn’t opened yet, but I can already feel the buzz in the air, the anticipation of intoxication. The patrons have congregated a few blocks down the street, as they always do, and through a crack in the window I watch as they lean into the

Oliphant

OliphantAnna Lu Lydia drags herself out of bed at five in the morning on Thanksgiving Day, because arson cases don’t solve themselves, and tonight is one family dinner she can’t afford to ruin with overtime. She trudges into the bathroom, splashes frigid water in her face, and robotically sticks her

Colors

Colors You tell me what you hate of me, exactly what I want to hear, Foreign feelings mold to malice as they fall on filtered ears Difference smears an ugly stain on unheard words and standpoints mostly, But maybe then…if I’d been looking closely, Would there be different colors from