Trapped Below

Ambrosia had been trapped for centuries.  She scratched the name Silas on the walls of her prison. He had buried her deep, planted roses atop her grave.   The day finally arrived.  The ground moved.  She knew she was free.  Sensing it was daytime, she waited until night before pushing open the lid to her coffin and digging upwards.  She broke the surface.  The…

Remembrances

“Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah…” Natalie sang softly. Her husband called from the other room, “What?” “Strumming on the old banjo,” she finished before calling back.  “It’s a song my grandmother used to sing.”  Natalie smiled sadly as a pang of nostalgia shivered through her. ~~ Adeline opened the door to a delivery boy of the…

The Right Train

I stand on the platform and wait.  Some trains speed through the station, and I do not have the chance to board.  When a train slows down, I ask myself, do I get on or let it pass?  Others give advice.  But, I must choose for myself.  There are times, as a train leaves the station, doubt assails me.  I ask…

Roll with it!

When Elena finished reading the news, she sighed and leaned back in her chair. Oy, why do I read this stuff? Her mind traveled backward in time.  She stood as a little girl in the middle of her elementary school’s playground, watching the happenings around her.  The push and shove of the schoolyard scraps, the bullies taunting…

Discovery

Bathed in the warm glow of the spotlight, she bowed to the applause of the patrons calling for more.  She sat at the baby grand.  The music flowed from her soul.  A harsh voice burst the bubble of her dream. “Get back to work!”  Rising slowly, she brushed at her stained tunic, grabbed her broom, and limped toward…

Entrepreneur

The use of computers and the introduction of the internet rendered office supplies nearly obsolete.  But, still, every business had a room full.  I took off my lab coat and donned a cheap suit.  I bought as much of the unwanted stock as possible.  People were happy to rid themselves of their unnecessary junk.  At least, that was before the…

Hope

Clémence was the spirit of mercy, kindness, gentleness.  She looked around the world, and found very little of it.  Gone was goodwill toward a fellow-sojourner in life, love for a neighbor of a different sort, and good cheer for a holiday season.  As Clémence journeyed, she fell into despair.  She petitioned the Highest to change her essence.  It was granted, and she…

I Can Help

Just because I have white hair doesn’t mean my head is full of cottage cheese.  I have seen and experienced the beginning up until now.  I watched the sky as they arrived.  No one heeded my warnings.  They secretly assimilated into our way of life.  They destroyed all that was dear. Everything considered old and outdated was replaced with shiny…

The Dark Times

Walking along the road of life, Rebecca fell through the cracks.  In the gloomy world below, she felt compelled to follow the darkened passageways that spiraled downward.  “I can do this,” she whispered numbly. “No, you can’t,” the voices hissed. She stumbled yet kept moving.   At long last, she declared, “I can do this!”  A tunnel…

Invisible

Before her mother died, she said to Jyothi, “It is not safe.  You must hide.  If no one sees you, you don’t 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, “If…

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…

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…