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.

The Intelligence Plan

The Intelligence Plan (679 Words) “Miss me?” he said, and kissed her. It was a firm kiss, soft but passionate. His hands at her elbows were not confining but relaxed. It would have been simple to translate his laxness as overconfidence, but there was something in his expression that warned Li otherwise. And she couldn’tContinue reading “The Intelligence Plan”

Moonstruck

Moonstruck (198 Words) It wasn’t a fairy tale. The day after the wedding, she went back to her job as one of half-a-dozen lifeguards at the community beach. He had the early morning to evening shift at the grocery store. And sitting at her post in the burning heat, her eyes shaded by the brimContinue reading “Moonstruck”

Betty Dances

Betty Dances (291 Words) Five years old and Betty was as much a mystery to her mother as she was the day she was born. The little girl seemed so serious, straightening her hair with pudgy fingers, watching not her hair but her own frowning face in the mirror. “I never wanted to be aContinue reading “Betty Dances”

Falling Forwards

Falling Forwards (1267 Words) But oh, what joy to see him! To find him, alive! I could not stop but embraced him. Rupert patted my back with light affection. I was surprised, cavalier as he was in nature, that he did not withdraw entirely. “Thank God,” I said, “thank God!” “Steady on,” said Rupert, theContinue reading “Falling Forwards”