Trey

Trey

Nash ran headlong at Trey. “Hey boy!” Trey caught his son mid-stride and swung him into the air, balancing him on his shoulders. “Why is Coral here?” Nash, hugging Trey’s neck, whispered in his ear. “She’s not so bad.” Trey helped the boy down from his perch. “Cut 'er some slack.” Dragging his dad toward [...]

Snooze button

Snooze button

The door squeaked noisily when Gladys tried to turn the knob. She made a mental note to mention it sticking to her husband, Oliver. He’d want to take the door off its hinges and plane the edges, and maybe the jamb too. Reconsidering, she thought a new can of WD-40 from Carter’s Hardware would probably [...]

Coral

Coral

The boy’s childish rejection stung. Coral felt a flush of anger rising in her chest. Nash got his nasty manners from his mother. “Careful, Nash sweetie, don’t run,” she called through clenched teeth, then whispered, “you might get hit by a car.” Standing off from the swings, Coral fidgeted with her hair, twisting a strand painfully [...]

Nash

Nash

Daddy! I missed you lots Daddy. Why is Coral here? I hate her. She talks ta me like a baby. I’m a big boy. I’m five an’ in kinnergar’en. Push me in th’ swings Daddy. Come on! Jus’ me an’ you. I can walk by myse’f, Coral. I don’ wanna hold your hand. You can’t [...]

Holiday tradition

Holiday tradition

“It’s tradition.” “I know.” This was an overdue talk, but one I still didn’t want to have. “All I’m saying is maybe you could change it up a bit.” “Your grandmother passed it to me, and her mother passed it to her.” My mother refused to look at me, instead she focused on folding the [...]

Phoebe

Phoebe

Phoebe helped the squirming Nash out of his car seat. Without looking back the boy ran towards the playground and his father. Trey’s fiancée, Coral, was standing beside him, her periwinkle blue eyeshadow flashing like neon. A sour lump formed in Phoebe’s throat. She knew this day was coming, but didn’t expect to feel so [...]

Like a phoenix

Like a phoenix

Surviving pestilence and plague, vandals and thieves, weathering blizzards and scorching sun, floods and drought, still I rise, still I am restored, still I endure. Rising from the ashes, a phoenix among the flames, ignoring rules of behavior to grow according to my expectations.