Learn to Play

The kids are at school, the dishes done, and the laundry started.  She has no more excuses.  She must sit down on the floor, now, in front of the TV, now, turn on the XBox, now, and learn to play. She hates video games.  She's hated them all her life.  From the moment her parents gifted her…

One Bite

Oh how they stare. They know I don't belong here, but they know why I've come. A once in a lifetime trip. I've spent all of my savings and borrowed a fortune to get here. All for this one experience. This one event. This one meal. The maître d' leads me to a table and…

Fine Pancakes

The Old Man insisted on calling her Marcy. Marissa wasn't in a position to argue with him. “I’m just reminding you, again sir, that in order to arrive at the signing on time, we need to leave in,” She glanced at the cell phone in her hand, “three minutes.” He just kept on smiling and forked another…

The Evaluation

The others in the room laughed and smiled, but Jack fidgeted in his chair. It was his twenty-first birthday, and like all Tinwenians before him, he must be Evaluated. Other than the dozen chairs and the equal number of people, the room contained only one other object. It looked like nothing more than a tall,…

Your Turn

A long time from now, in an assisted living facility not so far away, four old women sit around a card table. "Jessica, it's your turn." Jessica didn't respond.  She stared at her hands instead. Gray hair never bothered her, nor did the wrinkles in her face, but her hands looked old. "Jessica!" Drea was…

A Phone Call

"Kate, this is a really bad time, I have a class starting in..." "John, I'm leaving." Kate interrupted her husband. "What? Forever?" He chuckled, but the sound contained complicated nuances. Kate let the pause drag on too long before clarifying, "No, on assignment, but this is a long one, six months." "That is long.  Look,…

A Joyful Sound

Patrick gave his mother's unresponsive hand another squeeze before letting go. He stood up and walked over to the window. The view of the park was something even he could admire and he thought again what a shame it was that his mother couldn't see it. She'd worked hard for a long time to save…

Just a Trim

Jen marches into the seemingly empty kitchen and eyes the house plant. It hangs neglected, yellowed, wilted, from a hook in the ceiling. Jen crosses the room, snatches the shears from the knife block then turns to attack the plant. "A house full of people, and no one takes care of the plants." She says…