A is for Asexual

I remember that Thursday in June when the three of us sat by the floor to ceiling window of the Starbucks on 3rd. It was crowded that day, but I could hear every word. I had a chai latte, Linda had a cappuccino, and you, Peter, had tea. “You want a three-way,” you said looking […]

FF: Home Sweet Home

“What is it really like in there?” people still ask, years later. Quarantine forced hundreds of us to stay for decades in The Hidden Library.¬†Years passed, while the deadly book-wyrm raged outside. Magic archways lead to the Library of Alexandria, to safely replicated surfaces of distant stars, to all of the places and times someone […]

FF: Home Sweet Home

My parents split up when I was five. I went to live with my mom, who lovingly cared for me – well, the nanny she hired cared for me. It would be years before I would ask myself why I looked forward to summer vacation so much. (Dad only got me for vacation.) He would […]

FF: Both Sides Now

We’ll never be friends, but we’re too exhausted to be enemies, in your flower-strewn backyard on a sunny day. In the slick red shoebox, a hamster’s body lies still. You only got to spend two days with Petey. I resist the urge to laugh at your grief. Instead, I stare down at the dirt mound, […]

FF: Impossible – Until It Isn’t

There’s nothing like raw desperation to make you do the impossible, the inconceivable, the necessary. Paula stares at the ticket in her hand. He would have killed me if I stayed. Keep repeating that mantra, Paula. Be brave. You’re so brave. Climb the steps of the Greyhound Bus. Smile at the genuinely nice man who […]

FF: Good Here

are you okay? asks the angel sent to seek and find the lost. i flip a page, seated on cottony velvet in a quiet nook:the quiet library at the end of the world.i look up. Excuse me, miss. The wedding feast is ready. And your point is? uncertain, shy, the angel smiles, then leaves mealonewith […]

FF: Along for the Ride

I miss you, especially at the craziest moments. Like I’ll be driving along and picture you there: side-seat driving while telling ridiculous stories. “That’s where the woman was brutally attacked by a pack of rabid koalas*.” (What??? Where??? What???)¬† And then, “Hey! You missed your turn.” I’ll laugh, rub the tears from my eyes, signal […]

FF: Peaceful Night In

It’s just the two of us, a shared blanket, two mugs of hot cocoa, and Lord of the Rings Extended Edition, the whole trilogy. Halfway through Fellowship, cat number one decides we really are planning to stay for the whole marathon and jumps up on your lap. Then, cat number two snuggles up next to […]

FF: Hidden Treasures

I first met Lissa on the battleground of the cafeteria floor. “Oops,” said Jim. Classic obnoxious jock, he’d “accidentally” knocked her milk to the floor Hesitantly, I walked over. “Are you okay?” Lissa shook her head, took out a second carton. “The lunch lady always gives me extra, in case. Is he gone?” Back at […]

FF: Library War

Two people. One book. One victor. Memories linger: wooden tables, a dark-haired girl, and oh, those angry hazel eyes. Then, came the lengthy explanation, why I should give the book to you. You remember, the book I had in my hand, because I’d gotten there first. In the end, you won that battle, but I […]