I watched the other pedestrians scramble for shelter as the rain began, a sudden downpour that left the city steamy and smelling of hot asphalt. Passing by the huddles of drenched masses, I walked down the sidewalk, face up turned, letting the shower wash over me. It wasn’t the sweet, gentle rain I missed from [...]
The rusty water ran swift and cold. As red as rooibos, the creek reminded her of the bloody rinse that flowed from her washtub after she scrubbed Hector’s work clothes clean. After the first, long-ago night that he came home covered in violence, his expression was enough to forbid any questions. Since then she went [...]
Business first... Saturday I got to finally meet several of my favorite writers when a few members of Trifecta got together for lunch. (Clockwise, from bottom left: Lisa (Trifecta founder), me, Jessie, Scott, Jessie and Scott's two chillin', Deana and Lance's two chillin,' Deana, and Lance.) Thanks to our server Josh for being such a good [...]
It sat unobtrusively on the fishing pier. It could have been a drying puddle of rainwater, or the leftover gore from a gutted pompano, but it wasn’t that substantial. It wasn’t transparent like water, or glossy like blood. It was opaque, all light swallowed into its dull, flat surface. At first glance, passers-by thought it [...]
Three sisters, coy and genteel, stand demurely in a receiving line. Suitors inspect their potential wifely attributes, mouths watering over their vestal virtues. The siblings, hiding coquettish smiles, snicker at the peacock dance.
Growing up, my mother was a master punster. Her word-play calisthenics, to an adolescent, were real groaners. As I get older, my genetic predisposition for puns has begun showing more and more, but mom's true scion is my daughter. At the ripe old age of six, she quipped the best pun I've ever heard. We [...]