The Steering Wheel

Troy and I lightly jogged across the parking lot, anxious to get into the car. It was freezing outside. We swung open the doors to his BMW which was already beginning to heat up, thanks to his automatic car starter, and jumped inside. I instantly felt the relieving heat on my back and upper thighs…

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The Wallet

It was late Sunday afternoon when I realized my wallet was missing. I searched my apartment high and low for it, but came up short. It was gone. "When did you last have it?" Asked my boyfriend. I scanned my memory. I definitely had it when we were at Walmart the night before. I used…

The Bearhouse

When I was in my senior year of high school, I thought that I would become an elementary school teacher, despite the fact that I had had in my life, very little interaction with young children. To rectify this fault, I got the bright idea to apply to The Bearhouse, a store where kids got…

The Return

Three days into the new year, I woke up to a text from an old friend of mine, Stewie Goode. He said he'd e-mailed an ex-classmate of his, who was now a head hunter, about me. He asked her what my chances of getting a job as a law clerk or legal secretary would be…

The Slot Machine

"Here's the money for the Uber," Amy attempted to hand me 7 American dollars as we headed through the airport to get to our terminal. "No, I don't want it," I protested. I didn't want to bring back any American money, I had just spent my last 5 dollars on a bag of chips. With…

The Bachelorette Party

With an unsteady hand, I poured equal parts vodka and cranberry juice into an empty water bottle over the sink in my apartment. This was not typical behaviour for me, at least not since I'd been eighteen years old. But desperate times call for desperate measures. In this case, the desperation stemmed from the fact…

The Picture Message

"Is that a camera phone in your back pocket?" Asked my coworker Guido in the storage room at Alpson's family restaurant. He'd startled me a bit, as he was sitting in the dim room when I had entered to get a hairnet. I'd walked right by him without noticing. Automatically I pulled my blue Motorola…

The Semi-Formal

"We can never tell anyone this happened," I pleaded with Olivia in the study of my parents' house. Olivia nodded solemnly. I could tell by her distant gaze that she was still processing the events of the night. And then we both cried. A deep and sorrowful cry of despair, that only angsty teenagers who…

The Couple of the Year

It was the annual Tap Staff Christmas Party at the steakhouse where my boyfriend Felix and I both worked. This party was particularly special to us as a couple because it had been exactly one year prior, at that same party, that we had begun our courtship. Now we were together and basking in the…

The Crayons

When I was a child, long before I learned that I had not been blessed with any artistic talent, I used to watch the British television show Art Attack religiously. I would lye on my belly on the rug in my grandparent's living room watching Neil create such amazing things. It was my favourite show.…