Ten years ago, Jancy sold Speckles--the horse she loved--to pursue a bright future with her new husband. Now her husband has left, and her future is no longer bright. In today’s story, Jancy drives to the country to apologize to Speckles, perhaps hoping that her spirits can be lifted by the love of a horse.
In The Fountain Pen, Meena--a bride in an arranged marriage in 1950s India--moves to live in the town where her new husband works. She met Arvind only twice before the wedding, and she soon learns that he doesn’t listen to music and prefers spicier food than her. He won’t even lend her his fountain pen. How will they ever get along?
You were the life of the party, constantly surrounded by giggling girls. And I was the cynical one, the one who never wanted to catch your eye. But somehow, I did, and I had only one thing to fear. What would happen if I fell in love with you?
In Idling, a young woman is not sure how to react when her date pulls his truck outside his old apartment, idles the engine, and proceeds to tell her a spooky story.
In The Fugwheel of Floeness, little does our starry-eyed Alice know what befalls her when she receives an unannounced, pompous furry ball on a lonesome wintry evening. Mr. Pompeii Snoot draws to his full height of five indignant inches and bears strange tidings as snow blankets down their world.
In Synergy, a working mother bored with the unmerciful monotony of carting kids to daycare, wiping runny noses, and cooking endless dinners seeks passion in the arms of a dashing executive at the office.
In Bake, Kelly and Prity, two middle-school teachers, prepare for the final day of school by making cupcakes in Prity’s kitchen. As the two young women crack eggs, mix batter, and spread icing, Kelly tries to hide the crush she has on her co-worker.
In I See You Every Day, Albert Richmond, a recently unemployed attorney, moves into a new flat. From his kitchen window, Albert observes a woman walking her dog in the local park every day. Enraptured by the woman’s beauty, he endeavors to meet her.
In The Next Train to Gallery Place, Michelle meets a man on the metrorail who wears headphones the colors of the Jamaican flag, listens to Katy Perry, and may or may not be a spy.