Never Forgotten

We fell deeply in love when we were young.  We built a family and watched them grow.  We laughed, fought, loved, and cried.  As our backs bent and our minds faltered, we sat together.  Your camaraderie was more than enough for me.  This world of woe spun around, but we hung on until you let go.  I don’t blame you, you…

Retirement

They promised better days for our golden years.  I stood with the others at the bank of the Seine River.  Travel pods floated toward us.   Theo stepped up beside me. “No! It’s not your time,” I argued. “Your time is my time.” The pod was roomier than I imagined, and the travel time shorter.  After landing with a slight thump, Theo…

Currency

We were warned.   It all started in only a few places. Far-off waterways clogged with trash. Places where the populace had no choice but to draw water from putrid smelling rivers to drink and to cook with.  The same waters where factories dumped their waste.   As populations grew to bursting, potable water grew scarce everywhere.  It was hoarded and…

Passed Down

Jin-sun jolted awake to the sound of the phone ringing. “Meet me in Seoul,” his sister said.  “It is time.” The Gwangkang market in Seoul was abuzz with life. Traditional dishes were served at food stalls and shops that were handed down from one family member to another.  Jin-sun and his sister entered the pork dumpling shop where…

The Baker

The Baker wished for a fairytale version of life.  One that did not include lies and deceit.  He had a gift, but rarely used it.  Growing tired of the world as it was, he placed inside his cookie dough a small amount of magic.  When someone took a bite of a cookie, their face would appear brilliant red to…