Of Mule Teams and Periwinkles

1,575 words Marnie itched to rearrange the computer desk to her liking now that her daughter had returned to college. She might never have found the anthology otherwise. “If you get a parking ticket,” Marnie had warned, “you need to pay it on time.” “I had to get to class,” Nicole said. “It takes two... Continue Reading →

Chinese Red

(1,600 words) Audrey considered the doctor’s question. She squinted, tilting her face to the Halogen lamp until bright colors appeared from behind her eyelids. A swath of scarlet appeared, but not the shade of red from her dreams. Too much orange. “A deep red,” she explained. “Which things were deep red?” Dr. Bergman asked. “It’s... Continue Reading →

Love at the Wawa

(2,500 words) Claire barreled into the parking lot of the mini-market, stereo blaring. “You’re the top,” she sang along with Sutton Foster. “You’re a Shakespeare sonnet. Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm. You’re Mickey Mouse.” After quitting the engine, she let the soundtrack play a few moments, so she could belt the high notes at... Continue Reading →

Love Bade Me

(1,800 words) I am three rows from the proscenium, melting. On the edge of my seat with anticipation, eyes riveted, stage right. It is the third time I’ve seen Sergio sing Nemorino. The stage lights warm and shafts of dusky blue haze to coral and crimson. I know precisely where and when he’ll appear in... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑