The Final Rose

A gentle breeze blew her grandmother’s curtains.  Sophie sat on the edge of her bed, holding her wrinkled hand for her final moments.  Her grandmother’s milky eyes focused over Sophie’s shoulder.  “Philipe, is that you?” her grandmother croaked.  “Grammy, it’s me, Sophie.”  Who’s Philipe? Sophie turned around to follow her grandmother’s gaze.  She gasped, for…

Flowers on the Windowsill

Alejandro said, “I will return.  Leave flowers on your windowsill.”  Sofia danced to the florist where her childhood friend stood behind the counter.  “Hola, Matteo!  I need a rose.  He said he will return!” Matteo nodded.  “But, if he doesn’t…”  A year dragged by. “Matteo, the roses die too quickly.  I’ll buy flowering plants instead….

Lean on Me

My friend gave me some good advice.  She told me to lean in, feel the wind on my face, and live life fully.  She also said, “You can have it all.”  I wondered.  What does it mean to have it all?  But, then, my friend fell.  I asked her to lean on me, and we…

Seer

Each year, I watched over her as she disappeared.  Some years, she was gone for days and other years, for weeks.   We rented a flat with sparse furnishings, and she made herself comfortable.  Besides playing the part of nursemaid, I acted as her bodyguard, for there were those who searched for her. Where she…

Captured Story

Leaving my school one day, a mysterious woman stood before me with a large book in her hand, blank pages inside. “Come,” she said. I felt a dizzying pull. Captured, I grew and lived. On my journey, I heard the woman’s voice. I sensed the woman’s eyes following me. The way appeared as I moved…

Muse

She danced among the Zinnia blooms and walked through the bamboo forests.  The petite man followed; seeing what she saw, feeling what she felt.  Reds, yellows, greens, and blues mixed and swirled.  His hand danced along with her. His friend’s whispered voice brought him back.  “Enough?” he asked, sitting on a stool among passengers scurrying…

Nearly Caught

He watched as the scene faded in his rearview mirror.  He had gotten out of there as fast as he could.  Her scream drew a lot of attention.  He was nearly caught with his hand in the woman’s purse.  Trembling, he gripped the steering wheel, but his heart rate slowed.  She had looked so distraught. …

A Wish

Healing stars was fulfilling, but Kiean wished for more.  For his services, the stars gifted him a bit of their essence which he stored in bottles in his wine cellar.  On an ordinary night, he opened his door to an extraordinary star named Crystal.  He healed her, and a forbidden romance grew between the two. …

Inhabitants of the Woodpile

Benji spent hours playing by the woodpile.  His mother smiled, glancing through the back window. What a wonderful imagination Benji has, she thought, pretending the bugs to be fairies. Benji ducked behind the woodpile and bent close to a damselfly hovering near his nose.  Its iridescent wings buzzed and its metallic blue body shivered.  Benji…

Chaos

Sally hunched over her toys.  She struggled in vain to ignore the commotion swirling around her. Raised voices reached out to her.  She cringed watching her parents shake their scarlet red faces and blow air from their puffed cheeks.   A man in a burgundy suit coat, wearing a strange kind of smile, stood among…

A Chance

Joe stood behind the counter of Rachel’s Café, contemplating Rachel’s words, “Food is essential; a luxury for some but a scarcity for others.”  Gratitude washed over him for the chance she had given him.   A young girl entered the café, tugging on her torn shirt. “What can I get ya?” Joe asked. “Just water.”…

Carousel of Memories

The silver-haired woman rested on the bench and watched young Millie.  The carousel carried the little girl around and around, floating up and down on the brightly painted wooden horse.  The woman bobbed her head to the sounds of the soothing carnival music.  She swiped at a tear as her memories circled.  She loathed the…