Writings

Emerald Fire

I had just parked my car and pressed the lock button when I noticed her. The old woman on the street pushed her shopping cart, stuffed to the brim with her life’s belongings. Bags of collected cans hung off every corner. She was dirty and frail. She reminded me of my Aunt Cathy before she …

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The Doorway

I climbed the back staircase of my grandparent’s old house. The layers upon layers of white paint adorned the railing and casings. They were only slightly dulled by a thin layer of dust that was everywhere. The oil range in the parlor room and the unpaved driveway made the fight against grime a losing battle. …

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Timmy Calls Wish Fulfillement

“Hello. Wish Fulfillment Department, a division of Hopes and Dreams Incorporated. Welcome to our Customer Care Centre. Please listen carefully to the following options so that we may best direct your call.” “If you wish to make a wish, press 1, and you will be transferred to ‘Genies and Leprechauns’. If you wish to cancel …

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A Bargain

Saturday mornings were never complete without the obligatory yard sale run. We’d hop in the family beater and dash from trailer to trailer all over the park to look at other people’s cast-offs. We rarely found anything truly of value. More often, we’d just take someone else’s junk to live on our lot for a …

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Martin Makes His Stand

Martin slipped his battered old pickup into neutral and turned the engine off. Ol’ Trusty coasted behind the bluff and crunched on the gravel shoulder. He winced at the squeal of her brakes. He didn’t think that miserable old bastard could hear bugger-all anyway, but he ducked lower in the cab just the same. As …

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Masks

Every day of the week he wears masks, trading one mask for another. His true self always guarded and held apart from the world of men. He wakes up every morning as daylight breaks through the full window. The light is indirect, casting upon the shaded side of the house. It makes him safer. It …

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Descent

JOHN’S RUN John was in the zone. His stride was smooth and his breathing was even. He felt like he could run forever at this pace. Ace was ahead of him, thrashing in the brush investigating whatever dogs investigate when given an unleashed opportunity in the wood. It was cool and slightly damp. The spring …

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Dana’s Story

PRIM “I have something to tell you”, said Dana quietly, barely audible. We were all laughing uncontrollably at the melted marshmallow and chocolate plastered to Maggie’s face. It was amazing that she’d not gotten any of the sticky mess in her hair. That would have been hell to get out. It was Saturday night and …

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Danny’s Redemption

A sharp breeze stirred up the gutter dirt as Danny crossed the otherwise motionless street. It stung his face, both the sandy debris and the cold air. He pulled his collar up around his face in an attempt at comfort. He was nervous. His chest itched where they had shaved. “Best way to make the …

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Stormy Night

It was a dark and stormy night. Sure, it’s cliché but thats how I remember how it all started. How I was forced in to making this decision. How I ended up alone. I also remember that the handcuffs were too tight. In fact, when I first woke up, the pain was all I could …

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