“Make sure you sit in the middle.”

“Yes,” the boy said

“Here.” The man fixed the small backpack. “Now look at me.”

The boy turned.

“This is for your family,” he whispered. “For Him.”

The boy crossed the street and boarded the bus. Through the window, his father crossed himself.

Shattering and screams.

Hell everywhere.



Brad Magnarella.

  • Sheryl Books

    Paradise is an amazing piece of work…so much captured in so few words… I love it.

    • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

      I agree Sheryl, this is one of my favorites this month. I wish Brad had a website linked where we could read more of his writing. 

      • http://www.amazon.com/Brad-Magnarella/e/B00570JBHQ Brad Magnarella

        Thanks so much for your feedback. And thanks to Austin for setting this up. A fantastic exercise in parsimony — and so many great entries!

        I don’t have a website, per se. But my Amazon author page is here:


  • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

    Thanks for your nice words, Brad :) I got you linked up now! Folks can discover your book from this site, too.