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Note from the Editor, Issue 1

It’s a privilege to introduce three great pieces for our inaugural issue! I started Bull & Cross looking for stories, and these authors delivered. I love Dan Nielsen’s story, “The Voices in Roberta’s Head.” It’s a brief, effective portrait of a modern-day Mitty. Forget adventure, we want fame. Forget the journey, we want the reward. I’ve read...

The Voices in Roberta’s Head

Roberta and Joel sat on Roberta’s couch. An episode of Sherlock played on the TV. Roberta stared blankly at it. Joel looked longingly at Roberta. The voices in Roberta’s head were interviewers, a never-ending stream of them.      “Tell us about your latest project.” “It’s a remake of Rebel Without a Cause, but I’m calling...

3 Brief Flashes

ANXIETY ATTACK I remember being thirteen and coming up from the depths of our backyard pool after holding my breath longer than any human being ever had. I expelled my lungs’ dead air, inhaled desperately, and put my forearm down on the pool deck, on a bee’s upraised stinger. I watched my arm speedily swell...

Smallness

Janelle was small and birdlike but comparisons to Piaf are inapt. She sang in our guitar-based bar band, was its cynosure and only drawing card. When she died in bed, no one is quite sure how, our band collapsed. I’d always had a hankering for her but as lead guitarist, cofounder, and leader of the...