Welcome to the 4th edition of Scribble and thank you for reading.
These fresh pieces illustrate the Facebook-ready phrase used to describe relationships: "It's complicated."
An "it's complicated" relationship may be ambiguous, conflicted, unsatisfactory, or dying. It's a term that can be used to describe a relationship between two or more people, but it can also be used to describe a person's relationship with himself or herself.
In one way or another, the short stories in this issue let us take a look at complicated bonds, each complicated in its own way.
The sublime David, by Christian Butler-Zanetti, depicts a slow-motion, irrevocable change that might have broken even the heart of Franz Kafka.
Linda McMullen's Miscues offers a wry lesson from the school of hard knocks.
And, Abby Capella's debut, Rosie's Boys, offers a sweet and triumphant three-boys-and-a-girl tale that illustrates the "it's complicated" concept perfectly.
Christian Butler-Zanetti is a London-based author, visual artist and musician. He is a member of post-punk band The Pheromoans and sound collage duo The Teleporters. Christian also performs occasionally as preposterous, self-styled poet and fringe figure Mad Headed Octogram. https://christianbutlerzanetti.wordpress.com/
Linda McMullen is a wife, mother, US Diplomat, and homesick Wisconsinite. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chaleur, Burningword, Panoply, Allegory, The Write Launch, Palaver, Curating Alexandria, SunLit, Every Day Fiction, Five:2:One, Coffin Bell Journal, and Dragon Poet Review.
Abby Capella was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. She is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, she works as an English teacher in the south of Spain. This is her first published story. Follow her on twitter: https://twitter.com/abby_capella