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 (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”
Flight Plan (166 Words) “How can you love dragons and be scared of planes?” It was a legitimate question. After all, planes and dragons both fly. But the very sight of the cylindrical, soon-to-be-airborne machine made Sam blanch. His hands gripped the strap of his carryon and he met his companion’s question with a sicklyContinue reading “Flight Plans”
What Fire Left (155 Words) It was gone. A lifetime of memories was in the space of one day nothing more than burned and discolored bareness. It was hard, looking at what was left of the building, to believe that it had ever been a home at all.
Marble Garden (822 Words) A silent, solemn figure to steal through the graves, his long cloak trailing in ebon folds as if he hurried night into the evening’s blue mists. Past the disconnected lines of wooden crosses he walked, mindless of the old and pausing in a moment’s fixed grief at the newer. His glanceContinue reading “Marble Garden #writephoto”
Taking a Stand (99 Words) True, Aunt Cecily was older, but that didn’t necessarily make her wise. Emmy knew she was dead wrong. The hard part was saying so.
Little Light The lights were beautiful. Every year the clan gathered to see them, the mysterious glowing orbs that some said were the souls of the departed communing with them like angels. Grayse found Peepa at the top of their favorite tree. She panted as she climbed, scolding the little bird under her breath.
When You’re Older (309 Words) He had never eaten so earnestly, so desperately. Warm butter slid between his fingers and over his knuckles, and the juices oozed hot from the slab of meat, bathing the fresh baked loaf in rich steaming flavor. Sensation had left him save that of the delicious goodness in his mouthContinue reading “When You’re Older”
To L– How often is it said that life’s a dream And we the leaf-light drifters in its wake Who spin by winds on ripples made of “seems,” The visions Heaven breathes for our soul’s sake: A world caught in a water-drop we see That shines for one brief moment like a star Within thisContinue reading “To L–”
Hard Logic (32 Words) The full horror of my situation, reaching up for his hand from the pit, only hit me when he spoke.