Crime scene

Empty plates and utensils, rinsed and stacked in the sink along with drink glasses free of orange juice dregs, were waiting patiently to be loaded into the dishwasher. “I love that you cooked us breakfast. I love that you cleaned up the kitchen, but your attention to the stovetop is sorely lacking.” He slung the [...]

Take this job…

Take this job…

To Whom it may Concern: In as per termination of employment policy, I am tendering my written resignation within the two-week notice period. I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to work at ABC Inc. but that would be a lie. This job was the worst experience I have ever endured and I have [...]

Couch cushion fort

Couch cushion fort

I want to return to my uncomplicated childhood when I'd build myself a couch cushion fort, cool and quiet, where I could settle into a nest of blankets and bolsters tucked away in one dim corner. My upholstered stronghold a refuge from puerile troubles, a place to hide from the sinister, faceless monsters lurking behind [...]

Best intentions

Best intentions

After November’s NaBloPoMo, I announced grandiose plans to write more, share more personal stories, and continue Works in Progress… ask me how that’s going. In December, I’ve posted once. Of course, I challenged myself during holiday season when I have nothing else to do, like knee surgery rehab. (That’s going very well, thanks for asking). [...]

Pick a card

Pick a card

“I didn’t expect the decision to be so difficult,” Augustine shuffled through a stack of index cards “It’s a dilemma that would vex Solomon,” Jasper continued to polish the silver without looking up. He held up a serving spoon, only satisfied with his efforts when he could see his reflection in the bowl. Augustine cast [...]

Hangdog

Hangdog

“I don’t want any trouble.” He had a lean, hangdog look about him. His overgrown beard hide his face, but his eyes, unexpectedly clear, held an unquenchable fire. Pulling his fists from the pockets of his old, military field jacket, he showed empty hands to the men barring his way. “Just let me go on [...]