You will walk down the stairs into your newly finished basement with a basket of dirty laundry on your hip and one hand on the rail. Despite the fresh carpet, the stairs are still narrow. you still get that tiny sliver of fear that you will be distracted and lose your footing, tumbling to the landing in a mess of broken bones. It’s never happened, but you’re pretty sure that when it does, it will be when you’re least expecting it.Read More »
Sparks fly up from the bonfire. They float on the air, drifting down over the adults on their plastic folding chair thrones.
“Knock it off, Lindsay,” Mama says. She hands Davie a long stick with a hotdog skewered on the end. “Now hold it over the coals, like this.” She positions his hotdog over the glowing red edge of the fire.Read More »
Boots and Checkers didn’t get along most days. Boots preferred to nap and make sure she had every hair in place. Checkers liked to play in the dirt and chew on things. Pretty much the only thing they agreed on was that Emily was amazing.Read More »
“One ticket, please.”
“Where to, honey?”
The heavyset woman behind the glass looked at me with sympathetic eyes, like I wasn’t the first half-grown girl to come through her line with a wad of cash and a paperbag for a suitcase.
“Oh … uhm … I don’t …” I hadn’t thought that far ahead. I didn’t know where I wanted to go; I just knew I had to get out of here.Read More »
I wanted it, so I took it. I just walked right into his house while he was out checking his traps, and I hauled that thing out of there.
It was heavy. I guess that’s not surprising to you, but I wasn’t expecting it to take so long to move it.Read More »
“Toss me another one.”
Bubba grabs the can out of the air, pops the tab, and takes a swig. He waves the can in the general direction of the back yard. “Should we tell him?”
“Nah.” Jimmy runs a hand through his close-cropped gray hair and shakes his head. “Let ‘im be. Kid needs a break.”Read More »