The Apology

It was a beautiful afternoon. The kind of day that kids daydream about when they’re stuck inside a school listening to their teachers drone on and on about World War II or the Pythagorean Theorem. Christopher had been waiting all week for Saturday to get here and he had been praying just as long for … Continue reading The Apology

I Am a Seed

I once spent a lot of time sitting in a classroom full of first graders. Because of this fact, I found myself relearning a lot of things I’ve actually known for 30 years. Actually, more often than not, I found myself realizing that a lot of the things I know, which I’ve assumed for years … Continue reading I Am a Seed

Sharp

Conner could feel how sharp the razor was as it scraped across his face. Shaving was such a hassle, but it was necessary. Especially today. He finished removing the stubble from his cheeks and chin and splashed water in his face. He took a look at himself in the mirror, just to make sure he … Continue reading Sharp

Sensational

Welcome to the 2022 April A to Z Challenge! Each day (minus Sundays) in the month of April will feature a short work of fiction based on a random word beginning with the corresponding letter of the day. Those random words will be provided by various friends and family members throughout the month. Today’s word, sensational, … Continue reading Sensational

Arena

Welcome to the 2022 April A to Z Challenge! Each day (minus Sundays) in the month of April will feature a short work of fiction based on a random word beginning with the corresponding letter of the day. Those random words will be provided by various friends and family members throughout the month. Today's word, … Continue reading Arena

Paradise

Grandpa always said that Paradise was the place where dreams could come true. He told me that it was the place where you could visit any place in the world, or even beyond. He insisted that, in Paradise, I was only limited by my imagination. The Paradise Theater was a magical place when I was … Continue reading Paradise

Energy

Becky got the coffeemaker going when she heard the commotion in the living room. I really don’t have the energy for their crap this morning, she thought. Not before my coffee. None of them had much energy for anything. After spending a night in the cabin waiting to be mauled to death by some legendary creature that … Continue reading Energy

It’s Out There…

Randy quickly entered the cabin and slammed the door shut behind him. He was breathing heavily and had a panicked look on his face. The others just stared at him, confused. He slowly turned, daring to peek through the peephole in the door. “Dude,” Rob said, “What’s the matter with you?” “It’s out there!” Randy … Continue reading It’s Out There…

Picking Your Moment

The world around him seemed to slow to a crawl as Parker Davis made his way through the crowd. This is my moment, he thought. He was there. She was there. Everything was falling into place. He knew it wouldn’t take more than 30 seconds to cross the room. At that point, he would find himself … Continue reading Picking Your Moment

Monarch

Once upon a time, there was a kingdom without an heir to the throne. It isn’t that the king didn’t have a son who would have been fully capable of ascending to the throne. It’s that the king’s son escaped that fate long ago, leaving the king no one to whom he could pass on … Continue reading Monarch