You never heard it at the time, of course. But, you were the sunshine of 8 a.m. freshman calculus class. All easy smiles, quick laughs, and bright eyes sitting next to me.
You never acknowledged the scowls and leers the other boys gave us, setting your sights on a certain unworldly someone instead.
You were always there with a ready question or small talk afterward in the breezeway. Continue reading Overdue Goodbyes
“Sit.” Father Rehman gestured to an overstuffed chair in front of his desk.
Kenes sat. “You wanted to see me?” His eyes darted over the ostentatious surroundings, including the glass ceiling and the lights of New Houston overhead. Continue reading Inconsequence
She said it was Odin and the Valkyries that filled the fog with cries that day.
“Master!” Lars, my assistant, called, “This one yet lives.”
The blood-caked warrior’s breath faint, we dug between the boulders to free the Continue reading Undertaker
I stopped short. “Kristina? Is that you?”
She took off her sunglasses. “Oh, hi!”
I tried to remember the last time I’d seen her. Continue reading Puissant
Today is the big day, mother says. Whatever. Mother flutters about, delirious smiles, and twittering giggles. Matron of Honor. Like someone appointed her official Susie Sunshine. Continue reading Ceremony
Sunlight cast shadows like long bruises over the grime and detritus.
“Do you think people built all this?” Hannah’s voice echoed in the strange space.
He frowned at her, eyebrow raised. “People?” Continue reading Skewed
I’ve known Cat since kindergarten, but we haven’t seen each other much lately.
Life. The to-do list grows and time shrinks. I need to remind myself often to measure quality rather than accomplishments. Continue reading Song
Momma insisted her sons always be home on time.
The city didn’t allow the buses to run through his neighborhood this late. The bus wheezed to a stop. The driver pursed his lips in the rearview. He jumped down the steps to the sidewalk. Continue reading Toxic
Two weeks of business with the boss, then 18 hours in airports, and finally the blinking machine to greet him. He sighed. The suitcase heaved out of the way, the door slammed home. Continue reading Warning
A cold draft blew through the room. He drew his coat tighter and pulled his hands farther into the cuffs. The drapes rippled.
Continue reading Dim