The Fountain

The summer between elementary and high school, my best friend Chloe and I spent most of our Saturdays at Amuseland, the theme park conveniently located down the street from our neighborhood. My mom would drop us off on her way to work in the mornings and then pick us up on her way home. We…

The End of an Era

My home phone was ringing as I walked through the door. My heart skipped a beat. Was the school calling to rat me out for skipping my last class that day.. and every other day this week? "Hello?" I asked, waiting to see if I'd hear the click before the automated truancy message from the…

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 Speech

Drew Nodar walked up to the podium summoning all of his courage. He'd been dreading this moment throughout the whole wedding. The whole week. Month! In fact, he'd been dreading this moment since Stewie Goode had informed him almost a year ago that as his best man, he would have to give a speech. Now…

The Confession

"Alexis. I have something to tell you." My best friend, Chloe Severino slurred into her phone one night. She was drunk. Really drunk. So drunk that I could almost smell the beer on her breath through the receiver. "Are you okay?" "Nooo, I'm not okay! NOT OKAY!" She sobbed. I stood up and grabbed my…

The Pattersons

I sat down at the kitchen table with my little white pouch ready to give myself a manicure. Just as I had finished filing my nails, my iPhone lit up, revealing an incoming text from my best friend Cynthia Bermudez. She wanted to know what I was up to that Saturday evening. To be honest,…