Summertime Date by James Bates

Hot kisses 

While the ice cream

they’re sharing



Jim lives in a small town twenty miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His stories and poems have appeared in nearly three-hundred online and print publications. His short story “Aliens” has been nominated by The Zodiac Press for the 2021 Pushcart Prize. His collection of short stories Resiliencewas published in February, 2021, by Bridge House Publishing and Short Stuff a collection of his flash fiction and drabbles was published by Chapeltown books July, 2021. Periodic Stories a collection of thirty-one stories based on the periodic table was published by Impspired in March, 2021, and “Something Better” a dystopian adventure novella was published in July, 2021, by Dark Myth Publications. All of his stories can be found on his blog:

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