A Mother Knows

Diandra advances down the hallway with purpose, eyes fixed forward as heels strike vinyl. On this day, she wants to announce her arrival. Cause a disturbance. Be difficult. The role of single mom has worn down her resolve; countless meetings flowered with polite smile...

Quest

The most skilled warrior in her homeland, Lea was called in to deal with the threat. It was a big threat, she was told. Perhaps the biggest she’d ever faced, the Leader had said. At first, she was dubious. She’d dealt with a lot...

A Good Day

The rain had finally stopped. At seven a.m. the sun was already shining and trying to eradicate the water left by the night’s storm. It had been extraordinary. They didn’t remember cracks of thunder like that in a very long time; it shook their...

Wimbledon 2019

(Image: davidkenny91/Pixabay) Jim Taggart was exploring Manila, Philippines, the country where his now-deceased dad was a POW in last World War. Jim was advised to stay away from certain troubled neighborhoods. One day, he missed a turn and ended up in a desolate area;...

Clockwatching

My beeping alarm clock has a smiling face. I keep meaning to get another one because waking up to that’s starting to irritate me. I usually wake before the beeping starts, though, like my mind knows exactly when to send a message to my...

The Diagnosis

With a deep sigh, Dr. David leans a weary shoulder against the exam room wall and lets his gaze slowly meet his patient’s. Frank Swanson stands in the corner next to his wife, her arm wrapped in his. “I’m afraid, Mr. Swanson, I only...

Perspective

John was a very successful businessman. Some would say at the expense of spending time with his only son. One day John decided to forego going to the office in order to take his son fishing. They spent the entire day together but did...

The Mettle of Life

Shutting off the television after another Stranger Things binge-watching session, she couldn’t help but feel nostalgic. Not for the terrifying, family destroying monsters portrayed. And indeed not the fashion. Bright geometric patterns and splatter paint? Good heavens, what were we thinking in the 80s?...

Not So Wilde

‘Once more onto the beach dear friends, the waves of hopelessness gently lapping on the shores of despair.’ Oscar said staring at the screen. ‘You’re dramatic today. What’s up?’ Jane asked ‘Job hunting.’ he sighed. ‘Widen you’re search parameters.’ Jane said looking over Oscar’s...

Pockets

I heard the world from pockets. Minted in 1964. I was at JFKs inauguration. I heard the ‘dudes’ and ‘mans’ and ‘heads’ in Frisco. Ginsberg dropped me one day but Kesey picked me up, flipped me, and put me in his tattered denim. I...

Alarming

My next target would be the Crown Jewel of Dubai. It was on exhibit and valued at 3.7 million dollars. The challenge of obtaining it was just as important to me as the money itself. I had intensely studied the layout for several weeks....

Jordy

Jordy was the man of the house because his father was a drunk. He was the first college graduate of the family. His mother fussed over him and said he was special. Soon he discovered that there were people smarter, better looking, and in...

Sheapard’s Church

We wandered down the avenues of leaning stone, where whispered prayers floated up to the heavens. Where vanished souls of yesterday stood in heavy silence. Now the empty graveyard speaks in hollow tones, inhabited only by a ghostly wind or the beleaguered cry of...

Dear John

You said to meet under the clock at 12; just like in the Hollywood films. I can see you, but you can’t see me; gripping a large box of cheap chocolates you’ve bought last minute from the petrol station. I wonder if you’ll sneak...

Casting Runes

The old woman cast the runes and frowned. “She mustn’t go on the voyage.” My grandfather nodded and helped her up from the floor. “Thank you for the advice, Sigrid. We will heed it.” Grandfather saw her to the door. Sigrid paused and looked...

Quest

“Are you going to die soon?” “Yes, I guess.” “Will you take me with you?” “Can’t do that.” “Why not?” “I just can’t.” ​ He was in search of true love. His search wasn’t easy. He searched everywhere but never realised how close his...

The Lie

Mary, terminally ill and delirious, opened her eyes slowly, looked at me and smiled when I called her name. “Is the bridge being built?” she asked feebly. I knew that the work was about to start. Mary used to ferry people across the river...

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