Writer, passionate about poetry and storytelling.
I noticed instantly that he wasn't next to me. Stepping out of bed, I looked across the room and saw him, asleep on the chair. The worst part was, the chair was right next to the closet, and I needed to open the closet to get my backpack.
Frozen, Not Forgotten
Every December, when the pond started freezing over, all the teenagers in my neighborhood would flock to it. In my small town, there really wasn’t much to do in the winter, besides go to the pond and skate. Plus, it was right next to the high school, making it a convenient hangout spot.
When light flooded into my room at 1 o’clock in the morning, it was too intense to ignore. It was like a green star had suddenly materialized outside my house. I threw off the covers and stepped out of bed. Come on, I thought. A green light? Am I just destined to never get a good night’s sleep?
I sat at work, bent over a stack of paperwork. This whole day, I could hardly concentrate. Almost everybody else had left, but I was covering for a coworker of mine, who supposedly had to leave early for an appointment. At this point, considering how often he asked me to do this, I couldn’t even convince myself that he was telling the truth anymore.
The Flower of Flame
It was my 16th birthday. I sat at the kitchen table, staring at the unlit candles on my cake. My mom sat next to me, waiting for my grandma to arrive. I ran my fingers through my hair as we waited: it felt strange, having such short hair now. I’d gotten it cut yesterday, wanting to reinvent myself now that I was turning 16.
A World Away
I arrived at our usual spot. We always met at the park, just a 15-minute walk from my house. Mirabelle went to a different high school than me—whereas I went to public school, she went to a small, all-girls private school, so, aside from weekends, we could only meet after the school day ended.
The Cake Cure
Rhiannon walked into the café, Tabby’s Coffee. It was her favorite—really, the only place she visited regularly, aside from the library. But today was not an ordinary day. She wasn’t visiting for the fun of it like usual.