The Tummy Ache

I woke up in agonizing pain. A stabbing. Right in my stomach. Beside me, Ant was still snoring peacefully. The sky outside our windows was still black as night, but I knew that going back to sleep was not an option. All I could do was writhe. There was such a strong pressure. A firm,…

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The Breaking Point

I saw proof that true love existed for the first time when I was 18 years old. I mean, I'd seen examples of it beforehand, so I knew that it had to exist. But it wasn't until I was 18 that I witnessed good solid proof of true love, right before my very eyes. My…

The Bright Side

I was wailing in the passenger's seat on the car ride home after a party. I stopped to catch my breath, check my cellphone and resume the crying. I was upset because my exboyfriend had been at the party. Everything had been perfectly fine and terribly wrong all at the same time. All I really…

The Umbrella

It was a cold and dreary late September morning. Light rain drizzled from the grey skies. It's the only kind of weather that makes me hate walking to work. "Can't we just call an Uber?" I whined to my boyfriend, Ant, as we exited the building and stood under the front awning. "Nah, we don't…

The Anniversary

The anniversary of my first date with my boyfriend Anthony was a day dedicated to commitment, love and that happily ever after ending. But not our own. A coworker asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, which just so happened to fall on the same day. It wasn't a big deal or anything,…

The Cough

"William." The syllables floated lightly outside my bedroom walls. My head swiveled toward my door. I considered that maybe I'd imagined it. Then I heard a cough follow it. Not my brother's loud annoying coughs. A soft, barely audible cough. But it was 3am. Who else could it be? I muted my 15 inch transparent…

The Prayer

We were two weeks into a new school year at a completely new school. We were the pioneer students at St Stephan's Elementary school in Bridgewood, Ontario. So far, 7th grade was going well. The fact that all the students were all brand new was allowing for easier socialization, and friendships were quickly being established.…

The Book Tour

I'm nuts. I have a hyper obsessive personality. When I'm into something, I go all in. Usually for me, "going all in" manifests as creating lists and spreadsheets and graphs. In addition, obsessions in my life are often accompanied by goal-oriented tasks I must complete. You know, to keep life interesting. At the beginning of…

The Iron

Troy checked his cellphone at the red light at the corner of Listington and Wetherford. His marble blue eyes lit up, and he let out his defining hearty chuckle. He instructed me to check my phone as the light turned green. I had to move my hand slowly, as to not draw attention to its…

The Plates

"I love your plates!" Exclaimed my friend as I brought out a stack for my guests to eat their pizza slices on. I smiled politely. "Yeah, they're okay." The truth was, I liked these plates too. Kind of. I mean, I chose them, one night, shopping at Walmart with my mom. I needed something quick,…