The Tank Top

"Abuela, can we go to BiWay today?" I asked my grandmother one afternoon. I sat cross legged on a chair at the kitchen table eating my favourite after-school snack; milk and cookies. My grandmother stood at the counter breading thin slices of veal for dinner. "Ask your grandfather," she told me in Spanish. "He's our…

The Departure

"I don't get it," I said to my mom as we took the ramp into the departure wing of the Leafton airport. My mom just stared straight ahead, her eyes red and puffy. She wasn't crying anymore, but I chose my words carefully so that she wouldn't start again. "Why are Rosela and her family…

The Conversation

I entered my Basic English Conversation classroom, that ironically doubled as the designated prayer room, one afternoon and was struck by a sudden and blatant juxtaposition. My jaw dropped as I struggled to decide if I was horrified and offended, shocked and amused, or just eternally happy that I lived and worked in a city…

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 Necklace

"Hey, do you wanna come to the mall with me?" Seth Grady casually texted me one evening after school. Did I!? My heart skipped a beat and without hesitation, I texted back, "yeah, sure, absolutely!" Something was up. This was it. Seth must have broken up with that little troll Lilith DeSales, finally! He was…

The Alien

In a small semi-detached house that my parents were renting in Leafton, I sat on the floor playing with my brand new Barbie doll. She was perfect. She had icy blue eyes and long bleach blond hair. I'd named her Cher, after the character in Clueless. The bow on her box reminded me that today…

The Ride

I found myself standing at the back of Alpson's Family Restaurant wearing a stained black men's chef uniform; pinstriped black pants and all. On my head I wore a black baseball cap, and my jet black hair was being held captive in a hairnet. As strange as I may have looked, this is how I…

The Bonfire

"Thank you everybody!!" Stewie Goode yelled into the mic at the end of the set he played with Drew Nodar. The bar erupted into cheers and applause. I clapped my right hand to my left hand, juggling my second empty glass of vodka diet Coke between them. Drew and Stewie had put on a phenomenal…

The Couch

"You know, I actually tried to talk to you at Shire once," my coworker Anthony told me as I turned into his apartment's parking lot. "What? No you didn't!" I disagreed. It bit my lip nervously. It always bothered me when people had memories of me that I could not recall. "What did I say?"…