P is for Parenthood

“Why did you decide to have me?” Monica pauses in the middle of the book she was reading. Her hands fall to her sides while she struggles with what to say. “God gave you to us as a precious gift from heaven.” In other words, they weren’t planning to have a child. But that was […]

O is for Original

to be the first of her kind, the first to make it past this crucial threshold, to stand upon the pristine, virgin soil of a new world. A physical world. They are getting so close. B’rath pauses to consider the violet skies that play across her fingertips like musical notes, the ground that swells up […]

N is for Nightshade

In the dark, no one can hear you scream. In the silent swirling void of the chaotic mess of my yesteryear, memories disappear into despair. And yet, we are never without hope. Pain is never without end. Buried deep in her garden, luscious red tomatoes wait beside starchy rich potatoes and more. Patiently, wiping sweat […]

FF: M is for Maze

CLICK ON THE FROG TO JOIN THE FUN find me here. I’m trapped in a maze. Every turn, every path takes me to the center, where memory, like a ghost haunts me. There’s a swinging bench by an old stone well. I hold one last quarter in my hand. The tinkle of bells rides like […]

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 […]

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 […]