Good Deed

Joseph pounded the wheel, glaring at the black screen on his phone. The car cost a fortune, and it breaks down in the middle of nowhere!? A man with matted hair limped towards the car from below the bridge. He’s going to ask for money, he’s even carrying a cup! The man knocked on Joseph’s…

Taken

The flower market at Lunar New Year was exquisite. Rosita held her daughter’s small hand as they glided through, admiring the brilliant exotic plants.  They chattered excitedly, making their way back to the hotel where her husband waited.  They had planned a special dinner for the last night of their vacation. A scream popped their joyful…

Chess Set

Wiping away her tears, Alina stood on tiptoe peering through the pawn shop window at her papa’s beloved chess set.  He was gone, the drink had taken him to his grave. Alina’s mama promised, “Someday, we’ll buy it back.”  But, her mama’s broken heart pulled her to the grave soon after. Winters were brutal, Alina…

The Event

Phillipe felt alive as his hand flew over the page, copying the manuscript by candlelight. He invited others to the Abbey to help copy texts that would be shared with the masses. Savoring the moment, he raised his face toward the brilliant stars peeking through the skylight. Stars made brighter by the absence of man-made light. After…

Grief

Looking over the railing, the people below appeared as specks.  He had stood on the tower for hours.  His friends told him to take each day and wake with one thing to look forward to. “What if there’s nothing to look forward to without you?”, he asked the silence. A hawk soared above the tower…

Haunting

Alexandra stared out the window.  “Why doesn’t anyone come around anymore?” Hugo said, “I thought you wanted them to stay away.” Alexandra shrugged. “When papa forbid our union, it was satisfying to watch him succumb to the poison you placed in his tea.  But, then I got chained up in this dreadful tower.” “Hey, the dungeon…

Remembrance

His daughter, Lilith, sang, “Today’s Remembrance Day!”  Louis’s wife peeled the pillow from his face.  “Chris set up the displays.” Louis forced a smile. “Okay, let’s go check it out.” Entering the Commons, Chris stood in front of a display of wood and shells.  He declared, “Once a year we remember.”  Lilith skipped along the display…

Blurred Lines

Selina walked the halls of the hotel.  The conference room beckoned, its table laden with food. Be calm … focus.  Carefully, she approached and grabbed a roasted chicken. Pressing it close, the scene blurred and disappeared.  She woke with a start.  When her parents left them, she and her brother ate through the food in the…

Inside Out

He asked, “How’d you end up here?” “The wind swirled and lifted me into a tree.” “Oh my, how long were you stuck in the tree?” “Days! What about you?” “A fly-away branch broke my arm.” “Hey, you guys think you had it bad. My insides turned outside.” The others gasped. “I know, it was…

Suffocated

Princess Ratani stood next in line to rule, but the walls of the palace suffocated her. Her parents arranged her marriage.  Ratani longed to be free.  On the night of her betrothal, she donned commoner’s clothing and slipped through the gates.  Walking along the road, the earth trembled.  An elephant approached with a disheveled young…

Safe Place

Her mama told Nara to stay below deck.  She peeked through a tiny window at the people on shore. Their singsong voices drifted as they greeted one another, as vendors hawked their wares in the colorful market.  Will this be the place?  Returning to sit amongst her sisters, the gentle bobbing of the boat and the…

Timeshifter

It was time for her children to return from school.  Walking toward the front door, Lydia glanced at the mirror which hung in the hall. Instead of seeing her reflection, an image appeared of the ramshackle house she grew up in.  It had been demolished years before.  Moving closer to the mirror, she spied a…