Rehab

“Hey Ma, What are we doing for dinner?” I ask head back with feet up, scrolling through my feed. No one responds, “What are you thinking Hen?” Their silence continues. Looking to Jimmy across the fake bear skin rug, his eyes were sad. He looks back to the TV. Some yuppie in a lab coatContinue reading “Rehab”

Thirty Minutes

“How much time do I have doc?” Stephan asked watching the snow fall through his reflection. Dr. Kliddle cleared her throat, “It’s hard to say. We don’t get many people in here with half of their torso missing,” she says pausing to clear her throat again, “Frankly, I don’t know how you’re still alive. YouContinue reading “Thirty Minutes”

A Pain in the Heart

Harrison takes a drag of his cigarette, “I broke someone’s heart today,” said before his exhale. Chelsea asks, “Why?” as she sat on the swing. “I don’t really know,” he answers taking the swing next to her. “So you broke her heart without knowing why,” she says surveying the empty playground in front of theirContinue reading “A Pain in the Heart”

Simmer

From the home security camera in the corner of the kitchen, “A dash of salt, pinch of pepper, and cover the pot. He loves this sauce. It takes forever to make. But, boy does he go nuts for it,” says Charlie with a self-satisfied smile. “What’s the occasion?” asks his mother through the propped upContinue reading “Simmer”

High, How are You?

A thick cloud of smoke rises from Martin’s parked Audi, as he and Erica head toward The Cheeze Kake Factory. Their eyes red and stomach’s grumbling, they walk in unison with hands clenched connecting them. “This is going to be so good,” Martin says stroking ash out of his beard. “Oooh, I wonder if theyContinue reading “High, How are You?”

A Cup of Tea

Sitting on the curb with her hands covering her face, tears streamed through her fingers. I walked up to give her a cup of tea. The lights from the first response vehicles lit the night. “Here you go Kim,” I say standing in front of her holding out the cup. “What?” she asks startled, lookingContinue reading “A Cup of Tea”

Olga’s Song

Heather’s feet hit the floor, they move, rhythmically. Beats surging through her, she moves. Pure energy, the bass in her chest, peaking, surrounded by ten thousand strangers and two friends, Heather was in ecstasy. Drum and Base pumping from the speakers moved the crowd. They were a turbulent sea of bodies. Reaching to Sergey forContinue reading “Olga’s Song”

Jimmy Loves

Jimmy lands his left hook, followed by the haymaker he had been waiting for all two rounds. Glove, an imprint of knuckles, and follow thru was the combination that sent Doug the Dog’s mouthpiece and blood through the air. His mouth guard landed when he did. Coming back to the moment, seeing the ref countContinue reading “Jimmy Loves”

The Plate

6:32 pm Monday, a ten piece puzzle of a broken plate sits on the slate tile floor. The fight is over, Christine’s point was made. Sarah had never been a good listener; it was her defining non-physical trait. Sitting next to the shattered remnants of the first gift she had given Sarah. Marinara and pastaContinue reading “The Plate”