Pet monster

“I swear to God, if that iguana gets away there will be hell to pay!” Cassidy did a little sideways dance, pushing Quinn in front of her so he was between her and the large reptile the neighborhood eccentric, Raymond Finley, was walking. The five-foot long lizard was straining against his harness, flicking his tongue […]

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Socked away

The primly dressed young woman stood nervously on my doorstep clutching a notebook. On her crooked arm, she carried a small canvas tote decorated with a stylized graphic of a cat in military garb. Feeling under-dressed in my threadbare flannel PJ pants and throwback concert tee, I let her continue her solicitation spiel uninterrupted. “With […]

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Smile when you say that

The words are like rocks in my mouth Breaking my teeth on their bitter truth I bite my tongue to distract my mind from the pain Spitting blood and bone Choking on mangled promises If I hold my mouth right I can swallow the worst of it

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