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Lingua Franca – Amelia Fisher

October 2020

I knew the children had no names, though I didn’t understand it. Far had tried to explain it to me, but this was one barrier our strides in communication could not quite breach. She would always be of the city, and I an interloper. In the park, sitting on either side of the silent boy, you could have told that just from looking at us: Far in her machine-tailored suit jacket, me in my worn jeans and patchy self-applied buzz cut. Only one of us fully human, or so I’d been taught.

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About James Rumpel

James Rumpel is a retired high school math teacher who has enjoyed spending some of his additional free time trying to turn some of the strange ideas filling his brain into stories. He lives in Wisconsin with his wonderful wife, Mary.


James Rumpel’s story “Madam Savva’s Magical Emporium
in Metaphorosis Friday, 6 November 2020.
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It came from J.J. Drew

J.J. Drew’s story “Clod-Shodden” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 April 2020. I was participating in a holiday story swap event, and my assigned prompt requested a story containing a sentient basil plant and an evil penguin. The prompter probably expected something much sillier than what I delivered, but as I pondered basil gardening and how a sentient creature would react to such treatment, it struck me as less “silly” and more “existentially horrific.” …

A question for John Adams

Q: What tools do you write with?

A: I’m fairly basic when it comes to writing tools — I arm myself with a laptop, a frequently broken wireless mouse, and a cat who chews on the laptop cord. I’ve purchased several fancy journals with the sincere intention of writing long-hand, but my hands cramp after a few minutes and I can barely read my own penmanship.


John Adams’s story “Holding
in Metaphorosis Friday, 23 October 2020.
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November 2020

Table of Contents Madam Savva’s Magical Emporium — James Rumpel The Preserved City — Charles Schoenfeld A Death in New York — Allison Brice Tower of Mud and Straw III: The Tulips — Yaroslav Barsukov Cover art by Gabriel Rosswell. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.