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…

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…

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….

Silence

A myriad of dangers lurked on the other side.  Closing her eyes, Ruth tried wishing them away. Another day passed and still, she was unable to open the door.  Her family and friends never understood. The day arrived when she had no choice.  Open the door or die.  Her hands trembled, it took several tries. …

Renew

As I was always told it would, my life danced before my eyes.  Christmas and colorful lights, marriage, children, birthdays, weddings, and grandbabies. We all huddled on the couch together, waiting for the time to arrive.  They promised to transport us at the moment of impact.  A flash of light burst through the window.  The…

Desperation

Drawing from natural springs throughout the world did nothing to halt the deepening of her wrinkles. She wasn’t giving up though. They’ll be sorry for calling me crazy and for leaving me.  I’ll outlive them all! The advertisement read:  The Fountain of Youth Discovered in South Dakota The road reached toward the horizon as the mountains…