Mr. and Mrs. Haben – Flappers and Their Secrets

“It’s not right. Not fair!” Collette Haben slammed the hand-tied pink bouquet on the closed piano-forte in a flurry of petals and leaves. “It’s not. It’s not. It’s not!”             George, her husband and most frequent sparring partner, pressed two fingers between his eyes, grimacing like he always did. “Dear-”             “No!”             “My Dear,”Continue reading “Mr. and Mrs. Haben – Flappers and Their Secrets”

Monster Feet

An easy breeze glided across my skin, and I was grateful for it. Grateful not just for the cooler air, but for being upwind from the death and decay that had claimed the city. A full moon cast long shadows amid the wood and stucco ruins I picked through, but the only movement I sawContinue reading “Monster Feet”

Ice-Cream

“Out! Out! You get out of this house! Right now!” “Mom, you don’t under-” “No!” Tears exploded as her voice cracked. “How dare you sit here, at this table, and lecture me on-” “Mom, I’m not,” my voice was soft as my mother’s hands when I reached for them. “No!” but she startled away asContinue reading “Ice-Cream”

Apology Cake

Honk! Hooooooonnnnnnk! “What kind of moron slams on their brakes because of a few raindrops?” I scream, despite being entirely aware that the moron? He can’t hear me. “Idiot!” Personally, I’m glad for the rain. The angry thrumming along the windshield and roof of the car quell some of the voices in my head. OfContinue reading “Apology Cake”

Her Master’s Pride

“There. See? Isn’t this fun?”      Fun? Fun?! Fun ended the moment a pillowcase was thrown over my head, and I was thrown into this mess. But before I’d even completed the thought, the monster’s fingers were wrapped in my hair. He yanked so hard, I thought I was going to go flying through theContinue reading “Her Master’s Pride”

Viral Secrets

“Take it. Would you just freaking take it?!”  “Jesus!” I slapped her hand away. “What’s your problem? You forget to take your meds or something?”  “Look; this isn’t funny Jesse. I’m not kidding. They’re after me!”  “Who?”  “God!” Don’t you listen?!” Sam shifted in her seat, crazy eyes darting every which way. She paused onlyContinue reading “Viral Secrets”

Colors Don’t Lie

No. Come on. This can’t be it, man. Not like this. Not like this. Six, just six minutes ago, I was sittin’ in my car ‘n everything was fine. I was safe, and didn’t have no bullets piercin’ my body. I mean, yeah, ok. I’m man enough to admit I was nervous as hell. TheContinue reading “Colors Don’t Lie”