Invisible

Before her mother died, she said to Jyothi, “It is not safe.  You must hide.  If no one sees you, you do not exist.” Living on the streets, Jyothi learned to acquire what she needed without being seen.  Abandoned alleyways.  Cardboard houses.  Trash bin meals.   Sitting in a doorway one bright sunny day, loneliness squeezed her chest. Jyothi cried out-loud,…

Wish Granted

The blur of a man beckoned from outside the glass door. I walked through.  Strings of popcorn, homemade chains, candy canes, and ornaments hung from the sparkling tree in the corner of the room.  I sat on the floor, a little girl, amid the joyful chaos of Christmas day.  After the last bright package was opened, she stood before…

Trapped

I run through the maze of the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways, hemmed in by stone facades and boarded up store fronts.  With dead ends and wrong turns, how do I find my way out? Terror shivers down my spine. It whispers at my back.  I wake with a start.  Cowering in an abandoned doorway, the fear finds…

Flight

The couple strolled along the jetty breathing in the balmy sea air.  It smelled like freedom when the pink boat caught Carmen’s eye. “Henry, that’s it!” she declared.   Money was exchanged, and the seller even threw in his bike.  A handy tool for when the couple pulled into ports along the Atlantic coast.   Packed up and pushed…

The Dark

The world dimmed until there was nothing left to clearly see.  A brighter world.  That’s what they promised.  But, there would be a cost.  There was always a cost. In anticipation of the day, Keitha perched on her favorite chair inside the comfortable dark.  Without warning, a burst of light exploded through her window. The dark ran for the corners of…

Superstitious

Donning her red dress, Sally joined her husband in meeting his mother for their traditional Mid-Autumn Festival dinner of duck, pomelos, and mooncakes.  When the meal was over, and before her mother-in-law noticed, Sally grabbed the chopsticks she accidently left upright in the bowl of leftover rice.  Stealthily, she lay them horizontal on the chopstick rest uncrossed.   Walking…

Perspectives

“Did you take the high-chair to the curb?” June asked. “Yes, but, I don’t think–” he said. “Back home, we leave the useful stuff.  Someone always picks it up.” ~~ “Who would leave their trash?” Sally sighed.  “One man’s trash, another man’s treasure, only, this is just trash,” her husband laughed. ~~ Watching from the…

Descendant

“Why did mother leave?” Aimie asked. “To travel the world,” was all her father said. Aimie found solace in their family’s shop, filled with exotic and magical merchandise.  Customers flocked from afar to trade pure silver for their purchased items.  Standing behind the counter, Aimie sneezed.   Was that fire from my nose? “Hmm,” her father said.  …

Someday

When the portal opened, few chose to stay. Who could resist a place where you can taste the sky?  Where music blows with the wind through the trees.  A place with white sandy beaches and pristine water.  Where the landscape is unmarred by human hands.  Where you can swim with the bright colored fish and fly with the…

Package

I waited all day for delivery.  The package landed on my porch late in the afternoon. I watched from inside.  A man and a woman pulled up shortly after the truck sped away. They looked this way and that before strolling to the house as if they belonged. He picked up the package first.  The…

One Wish

He imagined he heard the water boiler whistle and raced to the kitchen.  Turning the corner, he expected to see her; bathed in the early morning light, leaning against the sink, arms buried to her elbows in sudsy water.  But, then he remembered.  The electricity was off, the water had stopped, and she was gone. …

White-out Days

White-out days when she stumbled, her grip on reality was elusive. Crisp days of visibility when the ground felt solid beneath her feet.  Edith never knew which one the next day would bring when she fell into sleep each night.  She either rose shrouded inside a mist of forgotten-ness or embraced by the light of clarity. “Good…