Pass Over

Shaking snow from his boots, Joseph took his place behind the counter. Francine waited for him.  “It’s time to leave.” Joseph sighed, they’d had this conversation before.  After their children left for another kind of life, they poured their lives into the shop.  The customers were their neighbors and friends.  But, they were all gone…

Escape

Skipping along the stone street, I glance behind me.  My mama and papa smile at me and my heart soars.  A little boy dressed in tattered clothes sits on the curb in front of my house.  He opens his mouth and screams. I frantically look toward my parents, who fade away as I jolt awake. Luotian…

First Frost

Aylsa promised him she would leave that life behind. But, what would it hurt to help?  She entered the forest as the temperature rose with the sun and the frost began to melt.  Droplets dislodged from pine needles and fell toward the forest floor.  She dove to catch as many as she could.  For each…

Thursday Doors: Postscript CNY Photos!

On another trip to Macau, PRC, two days ago with my son, I was delighted to see their Chinese New Year decorations were still up!  I know the holiday is over, but I wanted to share these anyway.       This post is inspired by Thursday Doors, created by Norm Frampton. For more doors from…

Remember

I can’t recall the accident. The night my car stalled on the tracks. Surfacing from a deep slumber, the doctor told me I had slept for nearly two months. I woke as a newborn. My mind a blank slate. The people gathered gaze at me. They expect me to know them. I do not. He…

Banished

Ralph laughed.  “They locked you away because they think you’re crazy.” Abigail shuddered.  Cynthia skipped across the dayroom and embraced her.  An attendant in white stood watching.  She whispered in Abigail’s ear. “Don’t let him hurt you.  You don’t deserve it.” Abigail glanced to the side but Ralph was gone. Had Cynthia seen him?! No…

Shadows

They journeyed through the day. “Are we almost there, father?” “We will be soon, son.” As dusk dimmed the sky, a golden ember glowed in the distance.  They headed for the beacon of safety from the dark.  Fire the only weapon against the shadows of the night.  Many days of journey and nights by the fire…

Princess

My parents waited a long time to have me.  They wanted a child born in the most auspicious year of the dragon.  It was 1988.  The double eights were especially lucky too.  They hoped for a boy.  I was born a girl.  As a small child riding in the front seat of my baba’s taxi,…

Thaw

The sun set over the horizon as temperatures plummeted. Ice formed in the corners of her eyes as she hauled firewood and dropped it inside the teepee. Removing her gloves, she pressed her hands to her face.  The ice melted quickly.  Unlike the glacier that had formed in her heart. He wanted to move to this…

Thursday Doors: Chinese New Year!

My family and I live on the fourth floor of a twenty-four-floor building, located on a hill overlooking a low-rise neighborhood.  The other day, my husband and I went for a stroll through the neighborhood. On our stroll, we found the beginnings of Chinese New Year decorations, placed on doors and gates. Chinese New Year,…

Project

Growing up, grandpa’s 1957 Chevy sat dead in the driveway.  My brothers and I often sat behind the wheel and traveled the highways of our imagination. My driver’s permit in hand, dad said, “I’ve got an idea.” Hours of labor later, the Chevy purred.  I helped too. “Nothin’ comes for free,” my dad told me….

Why not Just Write?

How did I get here … sitting in front of my computer? Hands hovering over the keyboard as I stare at the screen. It all began when making my bed. I noticed the plants on the windowsill needed water. So, I headed to the kitchen where a stack of dirty dishes waited. I filled the…