Photo by Marjorie Bertrand on Unsplash Claire nudged Gillian. “Don’t look now,” she hissed. “Remember the one I told you about? The mother who puts her kid on a leash? That’s her. Sarah Something. She’s right there, at the counter.” Gillian nodded. Leaning back in her chair, she stretched her arms overhead, scanned the coffee shop… Continue reading That Cannot Be Right!
Photo by Almos Bechtold on Unsplash Laurel’s heart pounded hard and quick even though she’d been breathing slowly to calm down. Her story had won tonight’s story slam. She was one of four winners across the state going to the regionals next month. No serious, respectable PhD candidate should be performing stories on stage, but it… Continue reading Sleight of Hand
Photo by Sarah Cervantes on Unsplash Everyone said she was crazy for staying in the apartment. Jared is dead. Time to move on. Find your own place. Make a new life for yourself. Their eyes would fill with tears. She’d wonder why her life and decisions bothered them so much. It was her apartment first. Before… Continue reading The Ghost in the Machine
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash “This rope is magic,” Bella said, holding up a thick, dirty length of rope. Ms. Gayle cleared her throat. Student teacher her would make this the best ever show-and-tell for this band of grimy, earnest, smelly second graders. It was too bad that Janice Ryan wouldn’t see it. The… Continue reading Cutting Down the Swings
Photo by Jasmin Schreiber on Unsplash Tracey dropped into the chair, released her clutch of shopping bags under the table. Dil moved her feet. Figures Tracey would show up late and take up too much space. “I got it!” Tracey trilled. “The last one. Oh, and I got Amber Roberts for that weekend. The entire… Continue reading “You Didn’t Hear It From Me…”
Louise Foerster Dec 22 Photo by Trinity Kubassek from Pexels “Though now long estranged, Woman is not wholly lost nor wholly changed. Disgraced though she may be, yet is not dethroned, and keeps the rags of lordship once she owned, her world-dominion by creative act.” — JRR Tolkien, edited “What does that even mean?” asked Mila, staring at… Continue reading Individual Results May Vary
Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash Irina implored them to practice kindness when they painted. “You are tender, tentative artist seedlings! Please, please, I beg of you, be kind! Be gentle with the paint — it knows what it is there to do. Be careful with the paper — it does not need stabbing and folding and tight clamps and… Continue reading What’s Deposited Into the Waste Paper Basket Doesn’t Always Stay in the Waste Paper Basket