October brings bad sex, sneezes, heavy drinking, and our old friend death. To submit a first line, email us.

Seven Weeks to Forever

Jennifer Farwell

“I know how I die. I know when, too.”

The Misadventures of a Life Less Lived

Clayton Gerrard

“Doug awoke one morning to discover his life had spoiled.”

A Fate Worse Than Death

Jonathan Gould

“If you should ever have the bad sense to die, don’t do it after a heavy night of drinking. That bright light is a killer.”

Transference

Kate Jonuska

“For a mistake that ruined his life, the sex should at least have been good, but no.”

Rubies from Burma

Anne Lovett

“I am looking through a lace curtain at a dead man’s feet.”

The Moskowitz Code

Joel Bresler

“It started with a sneeze.”