Cozy by J. Bradley

The surgeon left the top halves of a gaggle of Barbies in her mom’s bed to wake up with. Where are the bottom halves, the surgeon’s mom asked. The surgeon shrugged. The surgeon’s mom threatened her with blank television screens and book reports. The surgeon shrugged again. What should I tell your father, the surgeon’s mom asked and the surgeon shrugged again.


J. Bradley is the author of the forthcoming flash fiction collection Neil & Other Stories (Whiskey Tit Books, 2018). He lives at