Rachel Browning

Rachel Browning is an attorney, writer, and musician originally from Houston, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Houston Law Center. As a writer, she has attended workshops at the Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Writers in Paradise, and Writing by Writers Tomales Bay. Her stories have appeared in Everyday Fiction, The Write Launch, The Esthetic Apostle, New Plains Review, and Wraparound South; and she was recently named a semi-finalist for Bayou Magazine’s James Knudsen Fiction Prize. She lives in Maryland with her twin daughters.

Means to an End

I was hiding my lima beans under a flap of chicken skin when Dad told us the news.
I sensed that something was up when he arrived home from work later than usual, his face red and blotchy, an aroma of whiskey, cigarettes, and fryer oil drifting from the blazer he flung over the edge of the couch where I sat watching MTV.
Long Short Story
Issue 50

Goodrich

A few miles off the interstate, along a pot-holed county road heading into the woods, I pass the intersection where Uncle Mitch wrapped his car around a pin oak. I wince, feel the pulse in my neck quicken, then exhale the memory and refocus on the task at hand, the reason I’m on this God-forsaken stretch of road. I guess I’ve trained myself to ignore the impulse to revisit the sequence of events flowing from my choices that day. The day Aunt Bella died.
Long Short Story
Issue 28

The Marschallin

Even dressed as a man, Elena was radiant. Kate dabbed her eyes with her one remaining tissue. As the music from the final act of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier swelled to its rousing pinnacle, Elena’s voice soared through the opera house, merging and blending with those of the other singers. Together they joined the interweaving melodies and chromatic harmonies of the orchestra, the entire ensemble climbing to such unsustainable heights that, to Kate, their ultimate convergence personified longing. The crowd rose and erupted into cheers seconds after the orchestra released its last chord, but Kate remained seated, thunderstruck. Finally, she stood when Elena strolled to the front of the stage to take her last bow amid the roar of applause, while flowers and programs stripped to confetti rained over the cast.
Short Story
Short Story Issue 12

Rachel Browning

Rachel Browning is an attorney, writer, and musician originally from Houston, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Houston Law Center. As a writer, she has attended workshops at the Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Writers in Paradise, and Writing by Writers Tomales Bay. Her stories have appeared in Everyday Fiction, The Write Launch, The Esthetic Apostle, New Plains Review, and Wraparound South; and she was recently named a semi-finalist for Bayou Magazine’s James Knudsen Fiction Prize. She lives in Maryland with her twin daughters.

Means to an End

I was hiding my lima beans under a flap of chicken skin when Dad told us the news.
I sensed that something was up when he arrived home from work later than usual, his face red and blotchy, an aroma of whiskey, cigarettes, and fryer oil drifting from the blazer he flung over the edge of the couch where I sat watching MTV.
Long Short Story
Issue 50

Goodrich

A few miles off the interstate, along a pot-holed county road heading into the woods, I pass the intersection where Uncle Mitch wrapped his car around a pin oak. I wince, feel the pulse in my neck quicken, then exhale the memory and refocus on the task at hand, the reason I’m on this God-forsaken stretch of road. I guess I’ve trained myself to ignore the impulse to revisit the sequence of events flowing from my choices that day. The day Aunt Bella died.
Long Short Story
Issue 28

The Marschallin

Even dressed as a man, Elena was radiant. Kate dabbed her eyes with her one remaining tissue. As the music from the final act of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier swelled to its rousing pinnacle, Elena’s voice soared through the opera house, merging and blending with those of the other singers. Together they joined the interweaving melodies and chromatic harmonies of the orchestra, the entire ensemble climbing to such unsustainable heights that, to Kate, their ultimate convergence personified longing. The crowd rose and erupted into cheers seconds after the orchestra released its last chord, but Kate remained seated, thunderstruck. Finally, she stood when Elena strolled to the front of the stage to take her last bow amid the roar of applause, while flowers and programs stripped to confetti rained over the cast.
Short Story
Short Story Issue 12