I stand at attention as the collection of guards inch their way over the smooth surfaces of my quarters. They wear identical uniforms. No one speaks, not even the diminutive woman near the door who obviously runs this show.Read More »
It’s dark and the park is ours again.
The yoga-pant moms and work-Visa nannies have taken their squalling brats home, fed them nutritionally void plates of gummy pasta and orange sauce that tastes nothing of cheese, and tucked them into their race-car beds.Read More »
Alison chewed at the edge of her thumb. She watched Darryl pace across the living room, powering from one end to the other with machine-like efficiency. He took long strides, covering great swaths of carpet with each piston pump of his legs.Read More »
Gemma and I were very young when Aunt Teresa stopped making our breakfasts. I can only just recall the creamy goodness of her homemade oatmeal. She sprinkled it with brown sugar and drowned it in cream before setting them on butter yellow place mats in front of us. Even better, during blueberry season, she’d add a layer of fruit at the bottom of each bowl. Breakfast with Aunt Teresa meant comfort and harmony.Read More »
I balance carefully on one bare foot as I strip off my last sock. My clothes skulk on the floor, dropped in a careless pile so as to keep them from influencing the readout on my arch-nemesis, the scale. I give it a little kick to activate its neon blue screen.Read More »
The dying embers of the fire glow under the ministrations of a gentle wind, a thousand splendid suns shining in the darkness.Read More »
Crystal clear pools collect on an enormous obsidian shelf. Mara crouches next to the largest one, the hem of her garment soaking up sacred water. Great flocks of cormorant wheel overhead, undisturbed by the plume of smoke and ash.
She rocks back on her heels and wraps her arms tightly around her knees. If she stays still enough, pulls herself into a tight enough ball, perhaps she can contain the wholly inappropriate laughter that threatens to bubble out of her.Read More »