L is for Love (One Another)

Team Captain Alera sneaks into the church beside Lesha, both of them invisible to the naked eye. They’re in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and the pews are almost entirely full for the Sunday Mass. A full chorus sings a contemplative communion song. “What are you doing?” he asks her. “Keeping on eye […]

K is for Kindness

On a cold day in October, people walk past Rockefeller Center bundled in scarves and coats. One young man wears only a thin sweater and jeans, hands in his pockets, his emotions bright as buttons. He is looking for answers, Lesha can tell. Lesha tells him she’s an angel, and he shrugs. They sit on […]

J is for Joking

“I wish I were dead,” Jana murmurs as she slams her locker shut – then quickly looks around to make sure no one heard. If she were to disappear tomorrow, think about it. He would never need to see her face again. Eventually, they’ll stop accusing him of “slumming it” and her of being a […]

A-Z Day of Rest

Wow, I forgot what a crazy thing A-Z challenge is. I know I’ve missed some comments and also I’m reaching that point where it is hard to keep track of all the fun blogs I’ve run across. I keep wanting to make a personal list of blogs I definitely want to check every day, but […]

I is for Island

They’re not exactly a traditional couple. She lives on a deserted island in the middle of the western sea. He’s a boat that takes passengers here and there, wherever they want to go. Every few months, he docks on her shore empty of passengers. Nine passionate, exhausting days later, he leaves. Each time, he carries […]

H is for Haunted

“I heard this place is haunted,” the excited boy in the skeleton costume declares. Dressed in powder blue, carrying a wand tucked carefully in her free hand, Esmerelda chuckles as she opens the door. “Aren’t you terrifying?” she mock-gasps. Nothing scares her, not really. But, it’s fun to say. A minute later, a few candy […]

FF: G is for Generations

CLICK THE FROG TO JOIN THE PARTY Mia’s grandmother warned her she would die this way: forgetting her coat and catching cold. “We did not bring you to America so that you could be a slob.” Mia will never realize her grandmother was wrong, after all. Her mistake? Being a little too attractive, a little […]

Happy IWSG Day! Risk-taking

The awesome co-hosts for the April 7 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diane Burton! April 7 question – Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?  True confession, I wrote a way too long version of this post, […]

F is for Frank

Dear Frank,You may be wondering where I have gone. Let’s face it. This was never going to work between us. You speak your mind, and I speak in poetry. You say things as they are, and I imagine them as they could be. I will miss you, but I think we can agree this is […]

E is for Eagerness

Wriggling with joy, pink bursts forward from white silk tainted with red. She remains pure, an unsullied reminder of furtive moments spent nestled in a painter’s warm palate. Delicious, sumptuous, yes. What sensuous joy and what pleasure she trails in her wake. Her dreams whisper softly, like long-remembered fingers on skin, like children traipsing thoughtless […]