She knows how to throw a party, that much is for sure. Even now with my nose in a corner, I notice a silvery streamer stuck to my shoe and it makes me grin. I guess I won’t have much grin left in me soon, so I kinda lean into it, happy for the walls … Continue reading Worth It?
Roland looked at his watch, then the clock on his instrument panel. They were identical to the second, but he always found himself checking both when they were running behind. Of course it happened— weather delays and safety checks were part of the business. At least on Roland’s crew, there were rarely preventable delays. Which … Continue reading Assigned Seating
Mandy giggled as she watched her two best friends, Kelsey and Travis, pin one of their classmates against the brick wall of the auditorium. “Come on, guys! I didn’t know it was your spot!” “Well that was your first mistake, wasn’t it? You should know by now.” Kelsey said unsympathetically. The three were seniors at … Continue reading Bullies Caught Cutting
Paula knew to keep an eye on this crew the moment they walked into the shop. She’d been running the old antique store for well over three decades now and had developed a knack for sensing trouble before it started. “Welcome,” she said over the fading chime of the bell on the closing door. A … Continue reading Antique Store
Oliver adjusted his rear view mirror so he could make eye contact with his sister Jessica in the back seat. "I mean it," he said, continuing the conversation they'd been having. "I expect best behavior this weekend. Danny and Emma are doing me a huge favor." His eyes went back to the road as the … Continue reading A Measure of Maturity
She can talk me into anything. And I didn't feel regret until right this moment, standing in the kitchen in the early morning light, looking at the expression on my dad's face and knowing it's only a matter of minutes before he starts undoing his belt. "Dad," I say, taking a step forward, trying to … Continue reading Worth It?
Emma looked at her feet as she shuffled into the living room in a straight line between Oliver and Benjamin. The three of them stopped alongside the wall, in front of a long defunct fireplace and surrounded by boxes and scattered rolls of packing tape. They turned obediently about-face in the room’s center. Emma bit … Continue reading Moving Day
Tonight was perfect. Jade smiled to herself as she took a sip of her drink, some fruity sweet thing she would never have picked herself, but it fit the mood of the party. It wasn't a huge blowout, but close to two dozen of her friends were lounging around, some in the pool, some sitting … Continue reading Pool Party
Danny put both hands on the table and leaned in toward them. "Unless you're looking for a pair of sore backsides before supper, I suggest you quiet down and let me get this finished. I'm not going to ask again." He turned back towards the office as Emma's eyes rounded and she felt her face … Continue reading What Not to Say (in front of Danny)