Fiction: "Courting Aleksandra" by Mark J. Reagan

Published in Jersey Devil Press

Feb. 5, 2011
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I recently had something published in Jersey Devil Press (you can find it here!), and while I've visited the site from time to time to check out the stories, a recent email had me heading back for a fresh look. Surprise, surprise, I found something to share. Tends to happen when I start wandering around these magical tubes we call the Internet.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm reading Gryphon, Charles Baxter's short story collection. I know this may sound horrible, but I've only enjoyed about half the stories so far. Feel free to read my short story and judge me accordingly.

From "Courting Aleksandra," by Mark J. Reagan:



Aleksandra leaned back, spread her arms over the backs of the chairs next to her and glowered at me, her brow furrowed beneath a straight edge of red hair.

Enemies, she repeated, her Russian accent giving the word a seductive quality that chilled me.

Enemies?  What?  Why?

Because I hate you.

She pursed her lips, licked them like she was about to devour one of the peppermint white chocolate mochas she enjoyed several times a day.  It was a look of which I had dreamed of being the target.

Now, not so much.

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Ken Brosky


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