Originally posted on Dreams from a Pilgrimage: I will see cherry blossoms today dancing lightly in the April breeze crenellated puffs of softest pink jostling, welcoming, anticipating meetings under the arch-browed branches: where petals scamper round the feet of once deplete, now wealthy hearts surfeit with delight not won, but given in sweet abandon from…
Mr. Rat and Lady Moth Said Mr. Rat to Lady Moth “My Lady Moth, pray don’t be wroth— Well do I know I am below Thy fair and free society— Yet of your wingèd majesty There is one thing I beg of thee; One plea I tender for my life— I beg that you willContinue reading “Mr. Rat and Lady Moth”
Mr. Roe Ellie looked so stricken that Tommy was afraid to leave. Although they were ghosts, invisible, there was still agency in that spirit that it was best not to leave unguarded. Ellie’s eyes burned as she leaned over the bed where her husband-in-life lay. The room was stifled with sickness, but a cold breezeContinue reading “Mr. Roe”
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 (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”
The Odd (139 Words) “I face odds well enough,” she said, “when they’re easy.” “Ah,” said he. “And am I easy?” “Are you odd?” They glared at each other. It was a humored glare, the irritation and resistance mixed with a joining humor.
The Proposal (909 Words) “Give it back!” “No!” “Give it—you!” “N—ah!” They fell together on the grass in an awkward tangle of limbs and laughter. Mairi caught the pendant from Ham’s fingers. She fastened it again around her neck, breathless and trying hard to be angry. “How could you?” she said. “Sneak thief!”
In the Current (199 Words) “Keep your eyes open,” said Dr. Fitz. “You’ll see it.” Grace Emry had been staring at the surf for almost an hour. The tide was rising and some of the waves were a good twenty-feet high, but there was nothing unexpected. She had no idea why Dr. Fitz’s research teamContinue reading “In the Current”