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 […]

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 […]

D is for Death

Lesha, New York City’s newest angel, received her first solo assignment with a nervous flutter in her almost-human heart. It would be her job to corral a newly-deceased soul from earth to the afterlife. From what other angels had told her, the passage could be easy, but it could also be very tricky. The soul […]

C is for Calling

Lesha listens to Team Leader Alera’s rousing speech, but she cannot stop thinking about Paul, the musician she met on the street. Yes, theirs was a sacred calling, and yes she was honored, et cetera. But what about Paul and his music? They’re standing in a dirt-encrusted, mostly-empty alley near Times Square. Street sounds echo […]

B is for Beggars

According to the mission brief, Team Leader Alera would be waiting at the corner of 3rd and Broadway, but first Lesha had to make herself presentable. She had to look human. Lesha knew exactly what she wanted to look like: red-haired with olive-toned skin, tall but not too tall. She would wear standard attire for […]

A is for Apple

“You can do anything you want, but please don’t do that.” Lesha stood with her hand on the doorway, her mother’s parting, pleading advice echoing in her ears. The last minute assignment had come without warning. New York City, United States, Earth, May 3rd 2021. A new angel was needed to help with a broken, […]

FF: Music of the Night

Click the Frog to Join the Party Everyone knows where to go: the cold iron gates upon the hill. Bone-cold letters shift as you watch, saying to Abandon hope, lasciate ogne speranza. The first peoples found it. They lined the path with stones. From dawn to dusk, a drummer sounds the way on her bodhran. […]

FF: Marry Me

Click the frog to join the party.  Don’t care what they say. This is between you and me. Let’s declare our Undying loveBefore the oceanIn front of friends and family and … everyone elseOn a beach, sand between our toes,Carefully cracking glass ceilings beneathour feet. Tiki torches stuck in the groundwhere they belong,can light paths […]