Promise Me

“Promise me,” she begged.

“I promise,” he whispered. He pulled her into the warm circle of his arms, where the air smelled of cloves and fresh hay and, best of all, him. This was where she belonged, where she wanted to stay forever.

“How can I trust you?” she asked. “How can I believe your sweet words? Words cost nothing.”Read More »

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The Key

If it had been any other storefront, she wouldn’t have hesitated. The key, dangling from the knob on the roof access door, sang a siren’s call. She could already half imagine the shenanigans they would get up to, two stories above the rest of their sleepy little town.

But it wasn’t any other storefront. It was THAT storefront. And because it was THAT storefront, she paused to lick at her chocolate ice cream cone and consider her options.Read More »

Pineville

Geoffrey sat cross-legged on the floor. His little sister and her friends sat in a semi-circle around him. They waited raptly for him to begin. He took a swig from his water bottle and wiped his mouth with the back of his hand while staring into the eyes of each one in turn. The candle in the center of the circle flickered and danced, sending shadows scampering across their eager faces. Finally, as their unspoken desire reached its peak, he spoke in a low husky voice.Read More »

Ghost Train

The cars of the train are silent, although the seats are filled.

Should a man find himself stepping up from the platform, through the doorway into this car, he will no doubt recoil at the chill in the air. The atmosphere stifles all joy and light that dares approach and leaves one gasping for breath.Read More »

Rules pt 20 (final)

Miss Karen’s shoes tapped efficiently on the sterile white hospital floor.

“I’m sure I don’t know what got into Mrs. White, just taking off like that, but it’s a pleasure to see what a caring, bonded little family she’s created.”

“Yes, ma’am,” Ada said. She walked with Rex and Todd on either side of her. They remained silent. Since Mrs. White’s ‘disappearance’ they had refused to speak to anyone but Ada, Melissa or Niki. Behind them, Melissa rolled her eyes at Niki, who frowned back at her.Read More »

Rules pt 19

“Girls.” Ada spoke loudly from the entryway. “We have to call a doctor for Everett.”

Niki stood and held out her hand for Melissa.

“They are going to take me away when they see what I’ve done,” Ada continued. When Rex and Todd began to protest, she held up a hand. “No, I should be punished. I did a terrible thing.”Read More »