surface dust

Love letter

He wondered if putting his feelings into writing would help her understand. All the self-help books told him that it should. Pounce covered the top half of the parchment, a fine dusting to prevent smudging. He dipped the pen nib into a crystal inkwell, contemplating his next line. She would read his words, see the…

blue ice

A whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on

Teeth-chattering, goose-pimply, words dropping like ice cubes from trembling lips, cold. Not cold, nervous energy, enough to air condition a third-world, desert country. Normally a well-maintained professional, whenever he’s around, I turn into a quivering jellyfish. I can’t speak without stammering or walk without stumbling over a piece of lint on the carpet. I must…

broken grave ledger marker

The Rising

Dr. Zeiss was outside to greet me when I arrived at Bayside Pavilion. He held the door as he welcomed me inside. His affable manner caused no concern for Gram’s well-being. There must be some fiscal project he wanted my help with, perhaps a bright and sunny atrium, named in Gram’s honor, of course. It…

red fern frond

Sibling rivalry

“Have you told your brother?” Momentarily speechless, my mouth agape, I finally shook off my stunned silence. “No, and I have no intention of telling him.” It was our dad’s turn to be dumbfounded. “How can you not?” “It’s really easy. I deleted his cell number from my phone, I blocked his emails, he never…

lights at slow speed

Lightning flash

All sound and light narrowed to a pin point. Voices were tinny and distant, raucous laughter canned and artificial. I felt like I was moving in slow motion while every one around me carried on at double speed. My tunnel vision focused on the couple across the room. As if a spot light shone on…

dried flowers

Winter flowers

The further I walked down the old access road, the more dilapidated the asphalt became. Tombstone-sized chunks broke off the shoulders, and deep, gaping cracks stretched like spiderwebs across the abandoned drive. At the drop-off where the blacktop finally ended, the expansive beach was reclaiming its territory. Swirls of sand, tiny dust devils of fine,…