Jump

A lakeside luncheon with unexpected guests, or a frolic in a mountain lake with a peeping observer who smells like tuna salad and human sweat.

Retire

If only ants could laugh, then they would be having the last laugh, but they’re too busy to laugh, especially since they can’t.

Think

Some guys are just those guys who aren’t going to get it, and then they probably won’t get it all over again, until they finally marry their mother.

Promise

In the future there will be no past. It will be merged with the present, and our historical tour guides will have gorgeous voices and also sell and administer our toiletries.

Want

In this episode we learn the Spanish word for car. We also witness an intensely muted heart beating openly and alone.

Walk

When you are lost in the jungle your preference would be to not be lost, but short of that you’d settle for a jungle pharmacy to pick up a salve for that itching in your nether region.

Destroy

There is legend of a human who once enjoyed puberty. This is not that legend.

 (A version of this story was originally published by Picador in the anthology, The Book of Men, the proceeds of which benefit Narrative4, a non-profit organization that uses story-exchanges to cultivate empathy and break barriers. )