Five boxes

Five boxes

The sum total of one man’s days Culled into five identical cardboard boxes An eclectic collection of Sharpie-scented paradoxes Labeled with dates and “fragile” written slantways Sepia photos of teenage lovers in a shiny halcyon haze Rusty skeleton keys without maps to the treasure each unlocks The sum total of one man’s days Culled into [...]

Escape plan

Escape plan

She could claim it wasn’t planned. Even if she couldn’t admit it to herself, she had mapped out her escape her entire adult life. Every shopping trip, every grocery run, she asked for $10 or $20 cash back. Over the years she saved a substantial amount. "Squirrel money" her grandad called it. It was finally [...]

Enshrined

Enshrined

Her hair fanned out like a copper halo across her pillow. Light of the waning moon spilled through the window giving her skin an ethereal luminescence. Standing at the foot of her bed, he watched the slight rise and fall of her chest. The butterfly flutter of her eyelids, the chance that she’d actually wake [...]

Her majesty

Her majesty

A classical beauty, she was tall and slim with an enviable female silhouette. Her flawless skin was as soft and creamy as porcelain; her shoulder-length hair as pale and lustrous as cornsilk. High cheek bones and a caustic tongue, both sharp enough to inflict mortal pain. She sat on a high stool at the bar, [...]

Boredom

Boredom

It would be easy for me to put it down to boredom, but that would be too simplistic. There were complex undertones and shadowy nuances that played a part in all the decisions leading up to everything I did. But, I was too intent and a glaring flaw in my plan was discovered. A flaw [...]