SHORT STORY | Black Snakes Are Innocent, the Gold Are Venomous

"Black Snakes Are Innocent, the Gold Are Venomous" is a short story that focuses on the cosmopolitan nature of the world (and lack thereof) as bridged by literature. A quiet George Floyd story, "Black Snakes" examines the racial biases and prejudices that remain to be too familiar for Ricardo, the story's protagonist, as he soldiers on as a Filipino and as a person in a world filled with people whose words and actions are harsh toward people like him.

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SHORT STORY | Drowning in Empty Spaces

"Mom...," I called to her, looking at her unmoving body. “Mom, come on, don’t do this to me. Help!” I screamed at the top of my lungs, hoping someone could hear. "Somebody help us... my mom... please help!" I ran out of the room and screamed for help down the…

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SHORT STORY | Just Press Play

Mom, are you there? It’s Sabina. I have to hush my voice down a bit — Lily’s asleep. I hope you can still hear me. I’m sorry for missing your calls, but you know we’re not allowed to use our phones while on shift. Especially during these times. We’ve been…

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SHORT STORY | Two Sides of a Door

Everything looked like a nightmare amid reality. The pandemic disease—COVID-19, the unseen enemy who could attack ruthlessly on anyone, was frightening. Death was waving like a friendly evil that would hit anyone in no time. It was frustrating because no matter how hard I tried to be brave, the fear…

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