Vivian R McInerny
A former daily newspaper journalist, now an independent writer of essays & fiction published in several lit anthologies. The Whole Hole Story children's book was published by Versify Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021. More are forthcoming.
Purple Cloud Challenge
Every night at midnight, the purple clouds came out to dance with the blushing sky. Jane and I watched the swirl of colors from where we lay, flat on our backs, atop the boulder. We’d landed on this rock island, approximately the size of a bedroom, four days earlier after capsizing our paddle boards. Actually, that’s not quite accurate. My best friend and I were gently paddling through the aquamarine waters off St. Thomas when our boards disappeared.
Overland 3: Seeing Angels
Somebody saw an angel. It was slightly blurry, but still. We heard about it the next day during our break after the lunch rush. Lucy, John and I poured ourselves coffee then slid into one of the wood booths of the empty restaurant. Lucy whispered.
The Journey Starts
I said goodbye to my parents in the driveway. The summer of 1974, I graduated from high school, turned eighteen and, with money earned at the mall, bought a round-trip ticket to what seemed like a shimmering fairytale across the Atlantic: Europe.
Nostalgia for a Life Not Lived
Kids played soccer in the lobby. The first time I walked into the Crown Street apartment building to visit my daughter in Brooklyn, NY, five young boys ran after a well-worn soccer ball as it rolled across a black-and-white marble floor. They played beneath a hand-written sign that read: No Soccer in the Lobby.