Laced

Simon lowered his head, hunched his broad shoulders, and stepped up through the back of the tuk-tuk.  For many years, he dreamed and saved for this trip.  His camera swung around his neck as he duck-walked down the center aisle.  A young woman reached out to steady him.  His grin matched her radiant smile when…

Beloved

Madelyn passed after a lifetime together and Alfred’s grief threatened to devour him. Josh’s father abandoned them.  He and his mother were forced to sell nearly everything, including his beloved piano, and move away from all he knew. Alfred sold the house and their belongings, but he couldn’t bear to part with Madelyn’s piano.  He…

Jars

Jars lined up along the sink.  Waiting their turn to be emptied and washed.  Cleaning out the refrigerator was the worst job. They recently wed and she moved into his bachelor pad.  The place was a wreck.  He told her not to touch the fridge.  He would take care of it when he had time.  But,…

Incognito

The afternoon light faded.  Nicky paced from his mother’s sewing machine to the kitchen and back. “Are you done?” Nicky asked his mother, not for the first time. Sighing, she said, “Nearly so, dear one.” Once finished, she draped the costume over the table for his inspection.  Nicky clapped his hands with joy.  He would…

Decision

Under the coruscating lights that hung above the cobblestone street, vendors sold their exotic cuisine.  Aromatic smells wafted to her second story flat.  Standing on the balcony, Amaya inhaled deeply.  She would miss Timur’s lamb stew and Kalinda’s curry chicken skewers.  She watched the passersby strolling under lights that reminded her of home and considered…

The Best Bits

Movie stubs and dried pressed flowers.  Photos of their wedding, children, vacations, and holidays. “What’re you looking at,” Cynthia asked, entering the bedroom. “Just a box of memories,” Frank said, breathing with some difficulty. “I want you to remember only the best bits.” Gently taking the box from his trembling fingers, she placed it on the…

Magic Book

Sofie’s note read, “Go to Aisle M!” Henri found the aisle where a brilliant red book stood out.  It hummed as he pulled it from the shelf.  Slowly, he opened the cover and flinched backward as the shelves dissolved.  He found himself standing in the middle of a forest. “You made it,” Sofie said, breathlessly. Years…

Storm

I swim the peaceful waters, while gale-force winds swirl around me. A brutal storm of chaos and mayhem. Corruption and abuse with cries for justice and freedom. But, what can be done? Nothing. For victory lies in the hands of the powerful. Like a cyclone, it gathers strength and waits patiently to descend and devour,…

Missing

Another smooth landing on the calm waters of the glacier lake.  It was good to be home.  I hated going to town, but I needed supplies.  The gossip this time around was all about the missing woman.  She was nice enough but her husband was a brute. I added my two cents. “Maybe he did it!”…

Second Chance

Melody shuffled aboard the train and slumped into her seat. Earlier that day, she received the bad news. I gave up so much for this job! She had moved away from family and put marriage on hold.  Closing her eyes, Melody slept.  She woke to the conductor calling. “Corfe Station!” A wave of déjà vu…

A Mother’s Sacrifice

This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by Roger Bultot. If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers…

Colors

“So, why are you here, Alina?” the counselor asked. I said, “Whenever I touch someone, I can tell what they are feeling by the color they emit.  I’ve had this gift for years.  But, recently, when I bump into some people on the street, a pulsating black cloud covers their faces, then blows away in a crackling…