I’d been dreading this moment for months. Ever since Mom had come into our kitchen, told me to turn off the TV, and made the announcement. Continue reading Retrospective
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
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.
Cold air bit my nose. Frost covered our campsite and sparkled in the morning sunlight.
“C’mon, sleepyheads!” I called, trying to get the girls moving. “I’ve made hot chocolate.” Continue reading In Near Proximity to Bliss
A stranger burst out of his apartment, bumping into him. His keys hit the mat with a thud.
“Excuse me.” She left him standing mouth agape.
He found his Continue reading Organize
“Nigel! Time to go!”
A head popped out above. “But it’s my day off,” Nigel whined down the stairs.
“For you.” He handed his son his coat. “Not for me.”
Nigel stuffed arms through sleeves, picked up his skateboard. Continue reading Family Values
“What are you doing, Abby?”
“Painting my fingernails. What does it look like?”
Her big sister frowned. “That’s not right.”
“What?” Continue reading Paint
“Why you so difficult all the time?”
The sun warmed her face. “I ain’t.” She dropped her pack on the platform. The cramps came in waves.
“You stopping?” Jonnie sighed.
She sat on her pack, looked at the floor, tried to ignore the pain. “Believe me. I used to be rich and famous.” Continue reading Stubborn
It’s a weekend morning. I should be watching cartoons. Or looking through my new comic book. We should have eaten breakfast.
My brother and I are stuck with mom. She woke us up to come, gag, shopping.
Clouds erupt out of Continue reading Envy