Back to nature

Back to nature

Jasper snatched the shovel from Amee and started backfilling the hole she’d dug earlier. She chewed the inside of her cheek, biting off the words simmering in her mouth. Jasper handed her back the shovel, ignoring her peeved expression. “I had it,” Amee finally said. “Sure, and with more practice, you’ll be great,” Jasper said. [...]

Water’s fine

Water’s fine

“Tell me about this dream again.” I looked unblinkingly at my therapist a moment before closing my eyes so she can’t see me roll them. “I’m at the top some wooden stairs,” I began. “What’s on either side of you.” One eyelid parted a fraction. “Nothing, just steps leading down to a rocky beach.” “And, [...]

Nightlight

Nightlight

While she nodded off playing a pocket game on her smartphone, inky shadows seeped into the corners darkening the room A heavy crocheted blanket kicked to the floor exposed her restless legs, leaving her vulnerable. Those unprotected legs now pinned to the bed by a sleeping cat snuggly nestled in the bowl made between her [...]

Esther’s cat

Esther’s cat

Anyone looking into Esther’s house, through yellowed sheers covering grimy glass panes, would see a parlor filled with dusty furniture. A bowl of spoiled milk sits by the cold hearth, a treat for a nonexistent cat. An ornate Cabriole sofa upholstered in faded red velvet sits in front of the oriel window. Once a vivid [...]

Bedtime stories

Bedtime stories

They sat at a right angle to each other, opposite knees almost touching - he perusing news sites on his smartphone, she absentmindedly counting crochet stitches for her latest project. In their periphery, they both were watching the next show in their Netflix queue. He abruptly planted his feet firmly on the ground and stood [...]