The Green Window
Reid could feel it as soon as he opened the door: the humid air clinging to his cheeks and fat raindrops battering relentlessly against his plastic rain jacket.
My history teacher---her name is Ms. Sanders---said that the marigold flower was first discovered by a French woman named Marie. Marie-gold. Marigold. Trudy says it's true: Marie found a bunch of them growing in her backyard one morning---back there, where she rarely ever went, behind the tall bushes that she rarely ever watered. And when she found them, she spent the rest of the day hacking down those bushes with a rusty axe and weeding all the other flowers in the garden to make room for more marigolds.