Hairbrush microphone

Earbuds in, hairbrush microphone in hand, Susie belted out “Don’t Speak” in her best Gwen Stefani vibrato. Tipping her fedora to the mirror, she hopped on one foot, then kicked out her other leg. Keeping time to music only she heard, Susie danced and sang until she glistened with sweat. “Don’t tell me ‘cause it […]

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The good sister

Murial was the wild one – sneaking out of the house at night, smoking and drinking, even riding in cars… with boys. Still she was their favorite. Mother made excuses for her, and Father paid to keep her out of trouble and her troubles out of the newspaper. I tried to be the good sister […]

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100 Word Challenge: Sibling

I’m sitting on the floor in the hallway of my house. All the rooms leading to the hallway are closed off and one end of the hallway is blocked by an expandable baby gate we’ve saved from when our children (now in their mid- and late-twenties) were toddlers. On the other side of the gate, […]

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Tea and intrigue

What has come before… Sabine, still shaken, sipped bitter valerian tea. “The Elders’ll never listen to you,” Sadella, her twin sister, said. “Bernd is senior to you, and they won’t even let him in the council room.” “I have to try,” Sabine said. “The devils are getting bolder.” “Only you’ve seen them,” Sadella said, trying […]

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They are my monkeys

The boys were a grappling tangle of spindly arms and legs. Fingers snatched handfuls of hair and teeth gnashed down on tender skin. When a coffee table got kicked over, the crash of glass and wood brought down the wrath of the Grand Dam. “What’s this kerfuffle?” Grandma O’Reilly stomped into the room, pulling the wrestling […]

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He drives me crazy

vintage car show

The story so far… Old Wives’ Tale When I walked into the dealership, I felt like I had walked into an episode of Leave it to Beaver. The only women were sitting behind the information desk, and all the men were dressed in outdated polyester suits. I had to ask which office belonged to my […]

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