The Haunted Traveler Vol 1 Issue 2

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Kick in Halloween with the latest issue of The Haunted Traveler. We opened up and looked for the strangest and the most horrific tales from this universe, bringing them here in a single collection for the readers to get a little twisted. The Haunted Traveler is a horror and science fiction literary anthology that releases twice a year. Published through Weasel Press, the anthology seeks to roam around with the stories you'll never forget. Those dark little tales that are sort of etched in everyone. We love the dark and twisted and we really want to be scared. Check out our website to see when we're open next. The Haunted Traveler is a non-profit, Horror and Science Fiction anthology that accepts a wide variety of art media such as photography, short fiction, creative non-fiction, digital artwork and more.

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Shoe Collection

Angela Maracle

Now that a second ballerina had gone missing,

Sophia didn’t feel safe walking to the school and back

alone.

Jeff pushed a twenty into her hand and kissed

her. “If I’m not around to drive you, take a taxi.”

After he left she tidied his apartment and got

ready for rehearsal. Where were her damn pointe

shoes? She turned her dance bag upside down, spilling

the contents on his bed. Tights, bodysuit, hairpins,

waterbottle….no shoes.

Being late for class was not acceptable. She

dropped to her knees and peered under the bed. Three

small boxes huddled in the darkness and she pulled

one out, curious. Her pointe shoes nestled inside, carefully

wrapped in their pink, satin ribbons.

Why would Jeff put them in a box? Maybe he

thought she shouldn’t toss them unprotected in her

bag….found a box for them, and forgot to tell her. She

slid the second box out and removed the lid.

Pointe shoes…not hers. They were signed.

With uneven breath, she reached for the last box.

“Sophia?”

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