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
His hands tremble. “Our account is empty.”
A red F had been circled. The veins in her old man’s neck throbbed. Continue reading Failure
Who could possibly know now of the master’s disregarded dawning? What waits scheming and strategizing endlessly in the shadows has indubitably, invariably lurked and lived there undetected and undeterred. Continue reading Cryptic
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
By appearances, the party was a huge success. Ned waited for his cocktail, taking advantage of the open bar.
“You said she’s new in town?” asked the black dress next to him. Continue reading Inchmeal
Of stone on mountaintops did builders create their great city. Casting a record of the passage of their lives into a far-flung and uncertain destiny. Those people, the heart and life Continue reading Machu Picchu
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