Autumn Gazebo

Guys like me don’t usually do things like this, but I’ve been up since three o’clock, sitting here in the dark, waiting for the brisk October sun to retake its position above the day’s forecasted clouds. A pumpkin spice candle flickers on the kitchen table—the wax puddles beneath its wick. The TV is on, butContinue reading “Autumn Gazebo”

Love at a Cemetery

It was the bone-chilling Northwest winter of 1994 when I stood with my shaky hands folded before Granddad’s grave. I stared at his name with a million things on my mind. His name was Shawn Black. Even during prayers with Mom, I didn’t close my eyes; I was always thinking, eyeing everyone else’s closed eyes,Continue reading “Love at a Cemetery”

A Robbery On Christmas 

It’s Christmas time again. Jodie, who lost her teaching job after budget cuts, is on a mission to buy her kids’ gifts by any means necessary. So what does Jodie do? What any good mother would do, rob a gas station. Anna, the clerk, had dealt with Christmas burglaries before, most with similar stories (asContinue reading “A Robbery On Christmas “

Immature December Love

I’m miserable, channeling radio dialsMisunderstood with a crooked smile2003 left the best of me in a memory,singing to a complicated melodyPress rewind and bawl to Hit The LightsKill time ruminating over our bodies tangled by the Christmas treeBoring is life when growing up is foreign to lovemakingonly what remains is a reflection of who IContinue reading “Immature December Love”

Bloody Secrets

Seasonal depression had me settled in bed for the evening. The day had released thick layers of white accumulating on roofs, cars, and walkways. Heavy pounding on the front door startled me to my core. I threw the wool covers off my body and scrambled to my feet, swimming for night pants and a robe.Continue reading “Bloody Secrets”

Rekindled Holiday Love

 The brisk December breeze carried with it flakes of the white kind. Sliding driving conditions gave me a ticket for reckless driving. Well, pardon me. The kitchen sink pipes froze ice to the led. I was good with my hands; at least that’s what she said. I kept her out of my head. That isContinue reading “Rekindled Holiday Love”

Jealousy

She loses her cool as if a rock tossed at a glass house,breaking through the tension of napalm skies,coming like a villain,staying like a lifesaver in the hills of California.Smoke billows through her flared nostrils.Embers hover under her eyeliner.When she slips through the door, calmness cascades in waves of dopamine, resting on the hillside. (©Continue reading “Jealousy”

Stop Slamming The Door (Please Stay)

Drizzle slapped rattled windows, and joyless smiles in cracked slanted frames collect memories of dust to a heart of distrust, rearranging rusty door hinges on a careless phrase—beyond that of a shout—tucked in your back pocket, let out when you left just like before. Faces of traces of indecision send chills the length of myContinue reading “Stop Slamming The Door (Please Stay)”

Make it look like an Accident

“Life insurance,” Alison said. “What are you getting at?” Virgil lifts a brow. “Aunt Karla is old, and—” “Oh, no, you don’t!” Virgil said through his bared piano white teeth.  “It’s about time she died,” Alison said. “Besides, she has the money we need. Life insurance.” “Wait.” Virgil leaned in and whispered, “What are youContinue reading “Make it look like an Accident”

The Prenuptial Agreement

“I want a divorce,” I say. “Nice one.” Anna laughs and continues filing her fingernails. “No…I’m serious. I want a divorce.” “I can’t live without you,” Anna says. “And I can’t live with you,” I say. “It’s not you; it’s me.” “What’s gotten into you?”  “I’ve had it up to here,” I say. “I cheatedContinue reading “The Prenuptial Agreement”

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