In the Dark

In the Dark (406 Words) It is not quiet in the dark. “Hold me, Ellis.” Jeremy’s voice is strange. It is strained, compressed. We are already close in our hiding place, already touching, but he is turned away from me and my arms are folded across my chest, under my chin, in the curve ofContinue reading “In the Dark”

Elyse

Elyse (502 Words) “Dear heart, why do you hide yourself?” He cradled her gloved hand in both his own, his sharp face earnest. The wrappings beside him stirred in sudden discomfort, and the hand he held strained momentarily to free itself. “I don’t know,” said Elyse. “Sweet one, tell me. Or better still, let meContinue reading “Elyse”

Unexpected Flight

Unexpected Flight (168 Words) Mayor Grady absolutely denied he had ever wanted to be on a cross-country flight in a hot air balloon. He was only at the balloon’s unveiling to support the community. The two engineers also denied any intention of actually wanting to fly the balloon anywhere. They were only there to supportContinue reading “Unexpected Flight”

Worth It

Worth It (225 Words) It was a beautiful sight. Daria leaned over the boat edge, letting her hand trail in the water. The current pulled past her arm, troubling the reflection of fireflies and starlight. The moon shone clear, and the silver glow lit the world like another kind of day, bright and enlivening. “DoContinue reading “Worth It”

The House that Wouldn’t Let Go

The House that Wouldn’t Let Go (193 Words) They sincerely tried to escape the house. But when the wheel popped clean off of Grandpa’s carefully maintained car—a car that had outlived countless relatives and was taken care of with all the tenderness of a baby—they knew they weren’t going anywhere. “Dad’s going to kill me,”Continue reading “The House that Wouldn’t Let Go”

Mermaids and Ceiling Fans

Mermaids and Ceiling Fans (160 Words) The ceiling fan wasn’t working and Jake was telling one of his interminable stories. There was no doubt he’d done a lot of traveling and adventuring in his day, but I’d never seen anyone so eager to flaunt it in the most unbelievable way. “With all that seaweed wrappedContinue reading “Mermaids and Ceiling Fans”

Saving the World To Lose It #writephoto

Saving the World to Lose It (688 Words) They said he asked for me often; that his prayers were full of my name, the mock self-portrait I had given crumpled at his heart. He wept often—it was his weakness, the illness. He cried for me, but it was the pain coupled with fever that directedContinue reading “Saving the World To Lose It #writephoto”