The Chickens

"Paul got chickens???" My best friend Cynthia texted me one afternoon. "Chickens?" I texted back. I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. "Like, as pets?" She sent me a screen shot of Paul's instagram, the latest picture featuring five chickens outside on grass beside my estranged cat, Zart. "Chickens!" I texted back.…

The Housewarming

I went to a party last Saturday. My friend Olivia and her husband bought a house in Tolbon. Tolbon is the city I used to live in. The city I abandoned. In another life. Several years have passed since then, and I've only been back a handful of times. Returning tends to be bittersweet. It's…

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 Birthday Wish

It all began long before it actually happened. It was sparked by a dream I'd had, seemingly out of nowhere. A dream that showcased everything I ever wanted. A dream that I woke up from feeling lost, hollow and longing for a reality that I hadn't even realized I wanted up until that point. A…

The Breakup

"You're not really being fair to Paul," Seth Grady's judgmental voice echoed in my head as I walked through my doorway, deeply lost in thought. I was still trying to process what had just happened. Like a zombie, I went through the motions of hanging up my coat, only to have it fall off the…