Selkie Mom (99 Words)
Annie always wondered why great-grandmother never insisted on the truth. She wondered why the old woman allowed the legend to persist, when the twists to the story were often so lurid.
Then one day as she sat listening to her husband talk to their little daughter, she realized.
Grandest Ship in the World (151 Words)
It wasn’t the grandest ship in the world. There was something almost artificial about its construction, like a Lego toy. But it was Jasper Day’s darling, and the staff and crew knew better than to say a single word of criticism. Near Christmastime, it was hard to keep quiet.
Blue Dancing (78 Words)
Dancing with you, love,
Is all my delight
On a fine deep blue evening
When the sky is alight
Noise (84 Words)
The traffic starts
At six a.m.
At five o’ clock
It starts again
The noise and rush is no surprise
The world is quiet in your eyes.
The Umbrella (175 Words)
She had carried the umbrella since she was a girl. Sunshine and rain, there was the umbrella in her hand like a gentleman’s cane. And walking in a moonlight garden with her sister, there was the umbrella spread as always.
Angie hadn’t seen her sister in ten years. Both of them had changed, but there was that umbrella.
There was a sudden thump. A human silhouette was plastered against the steaming shower door.
Snoggle raised his head wearily, letting his fingers splay on the tile floor. The water ran little rivers down his angular back.
“I told you,” he said. “You can’t scare me.”
There was an audible sigh. The silhouette slumped. “It’s not fair!”
Undercover (200 Words)
Casey sat with all the faded dignity of a self-crowned queen, her arm resting on the back of her plastic chair, her hat set back on her forehead at a jaunty angle.
Aryn set the plate of fries and cheese in front of her with a care that was too deliberate to be ignored.
“No,” he said. “I won’t do it. I’ve already shown you too much.”