Christmas used to be Annie’s favorite holiday. This year she dreaded it. She tried to muster up even a tiny bit of enthusiasm, but it just wasn’t the same. Nothing had been the same since her best friend died last spring in a car accident. Continue reading Beth’s Christmas Wish by Kimberly Wolkens
Later, you’ll say it was like rosemary.
Like clean. Like lavender
I am Maya. At least, that is the name Momma gave me, even though she called me Saly. Just like Marie is Grace, Daniel is Jason and Jessica is Rosie.
Our names are ours… unless of course they are not. Continue reading Maya by Cheryl Diane Parkinson
Wooden planked floor,
soaked in decades-old urine.
Emily new friend soaks in the bath.
I hide behind the mirror. Continue reading Imaginary by Marie Lightman
A splash, followed by a giggle and those baby blue eyes lit up. Continue reading Baby Blue Eyes by Paul Speller
Tranur appeared in a ring of fire, large, black and ominous. He immediately saw the one who summoned him, kneeling just outside the circle. Continue reading A Demon’s Favor by Karen Thrower
I read to five clients, at the moment. One is an unusually tall, angular woman my own age, forty-two, who believes she is Juan Ponce de Leon. Continue reading Juan Ponce de Leon by Bridget Clawson
Father, I’ve prayed
the noisome breathing
coming down the chimney
to stop, please stop,
I’ve prayed in your name
and mine Continue reading Prayers from Dunwich by James H Duncan