Since we moved the editorial office to Boston, lots of things have happened. We knew that Boston, MA wouldn’t be as tranquil as Vestal, NY, but the Marathon bombing that missed our publisher/editor-in-chief by two hours and two miles was still a great shock to our provincial souls.

Though we moved, we still kept the old name. The word “vestal” denotes both freshness and stability to us. Our stories, we hope, are fresh and original, and our publication, we hope again, is stable.

We present you six flash fiction stories in this summer issue, our 44th online.

Meet the lovers in He, She and To the Women I Have Made Cry, father and son in Old Man Down, a girl and her toy (or a toy and her girl) in Horse Head with Comb by Mattel, jealous sisters in Psyche’s Sisters and a dying man in The Death of St. Florian.

Good reading to you.

He, She by Akis Papantonis

To The Women I Have Made Cry by Ryan Mattern

Psyche’s Sisters by Ed Taylor

Old Man Down by Jeff Friedman

Horse Head With Comb By Mattel by Meagan Cass

The Death of St. Florian by David Ellis Dickerson