His first day and Simon was late. He jabbed the button on the elevator. “Close, damn it, close!” It stopped at the next floor, doors opened, and no one waited. Simon rolled his eyes. He mashed the button, his thumb turning white.
Finally, he reached the sixth floor and exploded from the stupid, archaic technology. Continue reading Oversight
“Hiya, Mike. Feeling better?” my boss asked.
“Yes, I am.” And I did feel better.
The boss led the way into the back of the bakery.
“Try one of these new pastries,” said the boss, handing me one. Continue reading Tart
“Did you find it?”
“You didn’t even look for it, did you?”
He stuck his thumbs under the straps of his pack, adjusting the weight on his shoulders. “What are you talking about?” Continue reading Bridge
Daisy was stoked to be a contestant for “Ninja Gardeners” on Plants Channel. She’s DVR’d every show hosted by Goody Morning. When she walked out for the introduction, she was as nervous as a squirrel on a leash, her smile so awkard it screamed artificial.
Goody explained the contestants’ challenge. “You are to design a sunny urban garden Continue reading Plants Channel
Josefina got off the bus at 4th. She scanned the street looking for the meeting place. The walls were covered with graffiti. “This can’t be right,” she said. She bit her lower lip.
There was nothing that looked like a popular restaurant. Nothing looked open. She Continue reading Urgent
It was Uncle Tim’s idea. He presented his brainchild over a bag of Doritos. “Let’s go south.”
My brother laughed. “South? Where?” Continue reading Gone South
“Don’t you wanna do it?”
George had cracked. Where’d he come up with this girl? “I dunno. Whaz in ‘ere?”
Melanie pouted at that, hands on hips. “Playing with me, are you?”
Sean’s eyes stretched wide. Continue reading Misstep
Putting it off has never truly turned out that well. Oh, the con can be run. A whiff and a sniff with a generous splash of the cologne. There’s no hurry. The shirt isn’t that dirty. No one will notice.
Someone always notices. Joke? Laundry challenged. Truth Continue reading Inevitable
Thanks for taking a moment with us. When did you first become a barista?
Two years ago. I’m in college, see, and needed some extra money.
Sometimes there are a lot of customers here. What is that like?
Yeah. At certain times we get totally slammed. Continue reading Barista Interview
“Miss Laar took him down to the beach.”
“And where is she?”
“I don’t know.”
Detective Kevi shook his head. “So, she works here?”
“Yes. For three years. One of the caregivers.” Continue reading Vanished