Chosen Ones

He led her by the hand deep inside the forest. Sitting beneath the shade of an ancient banyan tree, its branches reached to the ground and embraced her.  A serene expression fluttered across her face, and then she was gone.   No one in the village believed him when he said, “The tree took her.” Years passed.  He was…

Choice

The quiet of the morning replaced the soothing sounds of the night.  The tide had pulled away from the shore, taking with it the gentle rushing waves.  I stood as the sun rose and looked to the horizon.   What waited for me?  Did it matter?  My mother had sold me to a stranger, a much older man.   Warm breath…

Promise

The door to the apartment building stands open.  The dingy hallway beyond is anything but inviting.  But, I made a promise. I peek through the slot into the mailbox.  It is empty.  She is already at home. I follow the man who entered the building before me.  He was back to finish the job.  As we climb the stairs together, the…