Giving and Taking

Gail crouched low, eyes locked on the wooden panels, bright red paint glaring at her as her eyelids began to twitch. Dabriel cracked his head back and forth, eyes drawn to the frosty blue coat with small puffs on the sleeves. Kolian danced from one foot to the other, listening to the call of two […]

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The Day We Need More

Teilo licked his lips. He could almost taste it. Thin slices of turkey plopped down on the plate just inches from his nose, taunting him. That nose inched just a little closer. Plop! A little closer. Plop! Just a little…Whack! Teilo jerked back, eyes shutting instinctively as something whacked his nose, the noise unpleasant to […]

The Veterans

Tori’s heavy boots clicked together as she marched out into the bright sunlight. A lineup in the town square. Row 2. Three teenagers shook, their agitation evident in the trembling of their hands and the tense set of shoulders that did not quite fill out their armor. Yet more young ones filed into the rows, […]

Eyes Filled with Souls

Rayce halted in his tracks, eyes bulging for but a moment before he scrambled to his knees, accidentally stubbing a toe and scraping his palm as he prostrated himself. Across the street, two young boys glanced at him curiously before twisting around to see what had spooked the poor fellow. Suddenly, two pairs of bony […]

Marshmallow the Cat

Today, instead of celebrating a National Holiday, I am celebrating the birthday of my cat, Marshmallow, who died 10 years ago at just a year old. This little ball of fluff was a gray and white runt who could fit easily in the palms of two hands once he was fully grown. His fur puffed […]

The Crier

Gayle stuffed her head into her pillows, trying desperately to ignore the sound of the bell. Damion had been up every day before sunset, waking the whole village while he was at it. As the bell continued to echo through the streets, the town crier, Alexa, began calling out her morning greeting, “Orcs spotted in […]

A Four-Day-In-One Holiday

On July 7, we celebrate not one but four holidays. Today is National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day, a day when one can take a walk with one’s father, father figure, or even just a friend. While this day fosters closeness among family members, it also provides an opportunity for physical activity, and a […]

Apples in a Pastry

Cheep! Cheep! Cheepcheepcheep! A high pitched cry sounded above me, and a moment later, a tiny object blurred as it dropped past me, dunking into the grass below. The untrimmed green ruffled in the breeze, dented in several places by the shuffle of since-passed feet. A new scuffle of feet heralded the arrival of yet […]

Fireworks on Coventry Lake

Today is Independence Day in the United States. Every great, on July 4, people in the United States celebrate our independence from Great Britain. We often celebrate by having a barbeque during the day, along within sports and yard games. Then, when the world goes dark, we light it up again with fireworks and the […]