A cold draft blew through the room. He drew his coat tighter and pulled his hands farther into the cuffs. The drapes rippled.
My niece’s christening is tomorrow here at the cathedral.
The flight could’ve been better. I’d asked Martin to book it months ago, but Continue reading Confess
He gave Esmee the afternoon of the Queen’s birthday off. She didn’t deserve it, but she’d asked. Many times.
“I’ll accompany you,” he informed her.
She blinked. “Oh, you don’t have—”
He locked the shop door. “Come along.” Continue reading The Eggucation of Esmee
He sat, watching the dance of the hearth flames. Promises had been made, kept. Everyone had doubted him. A smile tickled the corners of his face. The wine caressed sweeter.
The door crashed open. His most trusted Continue reading Elastic
The children return to school. A quiet, like a familiar blanket pulled snug, settles over the house.
Tick, tick. The second hand cycles the clock face. Sheila sets her Grisham novel down, reaches for her tea. She frowns at the cold cup. Continue reading Leaf
Words spun worlds in my head, Continue reading Relieved
Here he is, meet Walter, he was raised up on a farm
His pawpaw taught him to fear Jesus and never do no harm
Walter loved his mama, fried chicken, and fishing too
Pawpaw taught him about honor and sacrifice
Noble ideas worth a fight, son. They’d cost his left arm
Now I suppose everyone starts out about the same way
Some folks grind the gears and bounce down the highway
While others no doubt ride smooth rails of silver spoons
Life on the farm was full of bumps and bruises and pain
But Walter knew love and his heart there would stay Continue reading Walter
He set the revolver on the table next to the empty bottle and the last of his cash. He rubbed his eyes. Grit ground painfully.
He stood and grabbed the money off the table. One last trip to the liquor store. No hurry.
Outside the skies poured rain. He darted to the dry bus stop. Continue reading Aware