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 … Continue reading Escape plan

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 … Continue reading Enshrined

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 … Continue reading Crime scene

Level 7: Part 1

“This is the part I hate the most,” Dr. George Gleason stood outside Clyde Phillips’ room. “Even the term, ‘death watch,’ disturbs me.” As the administrator of Lakeside Rehabilitation Center, Gleason knew every resident and every story, except Clyde Phillips. The 94-year-old Phillips was the oldest and longest resident at Lakeside and was not expected … Continue reading Level 7: Part 1