“Jerry’s Java for Jesus” — Flash Fiction

"Homeless on Bench," by Tomas Castelazo; CC BY-SA 3.0; GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

flash fiction by Sheila Velazquez Once a day, around noon, an old white Ford van pulls into the alley and parks in the lot of the apartment buildings. Jerry serves between forty-five and sixty meals a day. He calls his mobile ministry “Java for Jesus,” and although he is not connected to any particular religion, Jerry does operate on faith. […]

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“Wherefore, Egypt?” — Microfiction

by Jason Velázquez “¿Mamá?” Esperanza’s question reverberates musically in the back of the Econoline, “¿Will I get to meet my papá?” Dolores strokes the 11-year-old’s hair with one hand as the other glides reflexively to where, under her oil-stained work shirt, a circular pattern of raised, and occasionally sensitive, skin is a lighter color than the surrounding flesh. Esperanza’s features […]

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“A Contest of Wills” — microfiction

“A Contest of Wills” by Jason Velázquez A few wire hangers bobbed back and forth absently, out of time, in the closet on his side of the bed. The deflated heap composed of grey wool socks, jeans, boxers, flannel shirt, and tee shirt huddled apologetically on the floor in front of the nightstand. “You can damn well sit there until […]

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