Adam is pouring three sugars into his third cup of hospital coffee to dilute its bitter bite when the nurse in green scrubs tells him his grandfather has left his room again. Adam’s nod is a single bobbing jerk, and as he sets the paper cup down, he checks his watch. It is a quarter…

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James Craig Hartz Jr.

James Craig Hartz Jr. is a writer and editor based in Corvallis, OR. He is currently an MFA Candidate at Oregon State University, and holds a BA in English Writing with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Denver. Before academia, he served as a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army for several years. His nonfiction has appeared in Watershed Review. You can find him, occasionally, on Twitter @jchartz2, and at his website:

Samantha Dow

Samantha Dow is an artist, writer, and sailor of historic wooden schooners. Her work includes Elsewhere University, a collaborative storytelling project; Cornerwitches, a collection of short-form fantasy comics; and the ongoing webcomic GRANTED. For more art, writing, and advice for running off to sea, she can be found on Tumblr @charminglyantiquated.

First Featured In: No. 17, winter 2020

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