Jake Troxell

Author of Takers & Stay

SHORT STORY: Speak and Spells

Reading Time: 16 minutes The Speak & Spell Plus was purchased at the Little Ridge K-Mart for $24.95, plus the six percent state sales tax. The technological treasure was then hidden within Minnie Mouse wrapping paper for two weeks before being exposed to the glow of Christmas morning by the eager hands of six-year-old Jean Briere. Jean let out

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SHORT STORY: Hindsight

Reading Time: 10 minutes I cannot hear the footsteps behind me as I sulk down Donegal Street, retracing Francisco’s final steps. He was murdered here on Thursday evening. A detective riffled through our apartment early on Friday morning looking for clues and leaving me with none. By Friday evening, they had credited the crime to a Joseph Lutz who

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SHORT STORY: The Four Chambers of My Former Existence

Reading Time: 3 minutes It whispers to me on the crest of each new wave. A voice rising quietly beneath the heart monitor’s beeps. It waits through the silence, unwilling to be overheard; its message must be sought – not stumbled upon. The voice has been with me for an hour, maybe more; time has been twisting since the

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SHORT STORY: Armoire

Reading Time: 15 minutes Mister Malcolm took no notice as the first knock slammed on the front door, the pounding cacophony of his racing heartbeat left the middle-aged man deaf to the sound of anything other than his own struggle. With a splintering grip, the man steadied himself against the sturdy wooden banister and inspected the nine steps that

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SHORT STORY: Finding Marion Storti

Reading Time: 1 minute Small children don’t step out of cars like adults do. They’re limited by their size to either leap, squirm, or fall out once the door has opened. Jake jumped from his father’s backseat, landed in the perfectly maintained grass of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, and raced forward into the vast city of cataloged expiration. His parents

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SHORT STORY: Fourth Time

Reading Time: 10 minutes Katrina pressed the tip of the gun firmly against her temple. She’d never lifted a firearm before that morning and was surprised how light the steel canon felt in her steady hand. For so many years, it just sat collecting dust in the family safe next to their passports, Repeater documents, and a stack of

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SHORT STORY: Luminesce

Reading Time: 7 minutes No one remembered it snowing that night, and yet everything in Emeryville had disappeared beneath a veil of bright white powder. September was too early for weather like this. Pennsylvanians could usually witness a flurry or two leading up to Halloween, but fourteen inches of accumulation before Christmas? It was a strange occurrence, made stranger

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SHORT STORY: It Rains More Now

Reading Time: 3 minutes “It rains more now,” my wife repeats, a bit out of habit at this point. Her pinky finger slips inside the tiny grey cloud floating past her head. The delicate touch releases a sprinkle into the puddle drowning her rubber boots. I look at the hundreds of little puffs moseying around our lawn—lake might be

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DESIGN: Third-Party Logistics

Reading Time: 1 minute Transforming a B2B SaaS article I wrote into a downloadable infographic summarizing the benefits of a using a 3PL for your operations.

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SHORT STORY: Harrison at 73

Reading Time: 4 minutes The paper covered walls of Margaret’s studio rustle with excitement as she enters. The artworks crinkle amongst themselves, dancing on their push-pin pendulums, wondering aloud if today is the day another Harrison will be joining their ranks.

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