Coming

Coming (133 Words) She was going to do it. She had never been more terrified in her whole life. Her old self-doubts came crowding around her. You can’t do this, you’re weak. You get tired running half a mile. Your stomach is like a rollercoaster, up and down. Think how sick you were this morning.Continue reading “Coming”

All the Reward

All the Reward (254 Words) Her hands shook. She scraped the tough skin from the root, then cut the inner meat into thin circles. The pot was already boiling when she added the root. It was one chance in a thousand, but they had tried everything else. She watched the plant fibers melt and disperse.Continue reading “All the Reward”

The Arrow and its Mark #writephoto

The Arrow and its Mark (289 Words) She leaned on her elbows. It was a warm bright day with a cool wind ghosting the tops of the trees. The water was blue under the sky. For a long time Kat watched, seeing the shapes of minnows like vague small shadows below. But then she sawContinue reading “The Arrow and its Mark #writephoto”

It’s the Eyes

It’s the Eyes (99 Words) There was no mistaking her pursed lips. It was always dangerous when she frowned at her own work. But for the last week, Annie hadn’t looked at her sketchbook any other way. He asked what was the matter. It was an innocent question. He didn’t expect to be confronted withContinue reading “It’s the Eyes”

The Remedy

The Remedy (99 Words) He hadn’t wanted her to see. It was inevitable that she should. In his mind he had pictured her reaction, imagining a thousand teasing quips—“I always said you were the handsome one”—but when she came in his humor failed. He saw her shock and it brought the walls down around him.

Mr. and Mrs. Poe

Mr. and Mrs. Poe (369 Words) “I think if you are rare,” said Mrs. Poe, “you must be a criminal.” Mr. Poe was not mollified. The truth of the matter is, compliments from loved ones are too often like pennies in the hand of a beggar. We take them for granted and dismiss them asContinue reading “Mr. and Mrs. Poe”