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    Shine – Candy Gourlay

    “‘Are you listening, Rosa?’ I stared at Yaya. Her eyebrows were knitted on her yellow forehead and her face was suddenly smaller, her eyes hard and buring like black coals. ‘Listen, listen. This is important.’ The seriousness of her voice and the smallness of her face made me feel suddenly scared. I climbed onto her lap.” There is a place where it rains consistently throughout the year. It rarely stops. Yet in this place when the rain does stop it’s not so much a celebration, no. When the rain stops the locals believe that monsters come, monsters bad enough to claim their children’s lives. The Calm is a symptom of…

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    Listening for Lucca – Suzanne LaFleur

    “I’m obsessed with abandoned things.  Left-behind things, unwanted things. Forgotten things.  When Lucca and I got to the park, a small lamb waited on a bench.  The lambie was stuffed and half-full of plastic beans and fluff. He was gray and worn; chew marks creased his nose. He was small enough to hold in one hand.” Siena is a collector of forgotten things and of memories. She has had a recurring dream about an old seaside house for years but has never been there, at least not until now. Her little brother Lucca is nearly four, and hasn’t spoken for over a year. The doctors can’t find anything wrong with…