What is the time if the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the five?” “Five o’clock, far.”

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With teary eyes she says, “Far, I miss mor!” “I know you do,” I tell her as I brush a strand of brown hair behind her ear. “It’s okay to miss mor, and you should miss mor, darling. But you should try to miss her in a nice way. You don’t have to miss her and get upset. You can miss her and be happy.”



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THE THING I FEAR BY KATE BUCKLEY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 10

Here’s the thing I fear, my dear: I’ve lost myself 

completely. Cast as I am on the sea

of your charms, lost as I am in the wake

of your arms. Sunk in sad contemplation

when electronics malfunction and I’m left

without the sound of your voice, and little

choice or compunction to do anything

other than breathe. And even that isn’t

easy these days—enlarged as my heart’s become,

pressing down on my lungs. Even my ribs

resound at the sound of your name or the

delicate etch of your electronic texts:

You confound me. (And this isn’t just sex.)

Here’s the thing I fear, my dear: I’m in love.


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 10

FIVE O’CLOCK BY ALAN EMMINS, IN SEARCH OF SPARE CHANGE BY MARCUS A LUND, RUSSIAN BRIDES BY WILLIAM FALO, HOPES AND FEARS OF INANIMATE OBJECTS BY STEPHEN BENZEL, GET BACK JACK BY MATTHEW WARD, SO EASILY WE SHATTER BY IRÈNE MATHIEU, THE THING I FEAR BY KATE BUCKLEY, SINCE MITOCHONDRIAL EVE BY ERIN WHITTINGHILL, LET ME BY HUGH FOX, WORK ETHIC BY DAVE MORRISON, CENTRIFUGE BY ELIZABETH MEANEY, THE SCIENTIST BY ALEX DANIEL, CAFE NEO BY SARAH FROST, BEACH BOOK ROMANCE BY JEFFREY ALLAN HANSON, AUTUMN FIRE BY KRISTEN STEIN.