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 […]

FF: Till Next We Meet

In my memories, I see you there on the horizon, disappearing into sunrise, a fresh, crisp day. A bird heralds the dawn, singing your farewell. Golden light bursts through distant clouds. Grass carpets the ground beneath our feet. A long, cresting breeze builds and blows off the lake surface, lifting your hair into messy, charming […]

FF: Forbidden Art

No one can see my face and live, you whisper to me through layers of silk. Kneeling on scratchy straw, pen and paper in hand, I begin to draw. No one need ever know it is your hastily-unveiled face I capture in furtive pen strokes. Shading beneath your chin, long-lashed eyes, curving smile. As the […]

FF: Rearview

I last saw you standing in the driveway waving to my rearview mirror, cheeks dusted red with cold, fingers warm in woolen mittens. In a chilly hotel room, I sit in front of my computer, waiting. My butt rests on a threadbare office chair in front of a wooden desk. I close my eyes and […]

FF: Nothing to See Here

The police walked into the empty vault, footfalls echoing on the stone floors, cool air wafting in through the open door. On the room’s only a table, a snarky thief decided to leave a single sign marked in untraceable font. The sign read simply: “Nothing to See Here. Keep Walking.” The first officer glared at […]

FF: Another Day (without you)

CLICK to join the festivities. I wander through bright, sunlit streets, munching on street snacks purchased from the cheerful guy in a green apron who chatted about his wife and kids. Then, it happens. I reach out to ask what you think. And, you’re not there. Or, someone asks me to their place, so I […]

FF: Almost Perfect Hiding Spot

  “How did you find me?” “Gee, I wonder.” “Huge pile of logs. Lava moat. Unicorn petting zoo. How did you find me in the middle of all that?” You get that look on your face, the one I know so well. “Want to do something?” “No. I’m trying to hide.” “There’s a unicorn petting […]

FF: I is for Island (reprise)

Wave caress the shore with whispering fingers. Lovers search for lovers. Pilgrims long for home. But, no one knows how to find her island. No one knows, except for a single ship, dark blue like the ocean. Atop the ship, a golden bell announces its coming and its going. If you stand by the shore […]