The Parking Spot

She pulled into the parking lot behind the building hoping to find a spot, but all three visitor spots were taken. She texted him, "hey, there's nowhere to park, what should I do?" A few seconds later, her phone lit up with his reply, "pull up to the front of the building, I'll come down."…

The Cop

Red and blue lights flickered in my rear view mirror as I drove home from work one evening. I felt a pang of pity for the driver being pulled over, but I reasoned that they probably deserved it. People in Bridgewood were terrible drivers. It took me a good 30 seconds before I realized that…

The Co-op Class

I idled by the door of my 12th grade co-op class, peering inside hesitantly. Was I in the right place? The students in this class were not my usual university bound classmates. In the front row there was a group of girls doing each other's blush, eyeliner and mascara, even though they were already wearing…

The Teacher

I entered my first grade class with my head held high. After a summer that seemed to last an eternity, I could finally say I was officially out of kindergarten and moving into grade school! No more round carpet, I would have my very own desk to sit at this year. No more nap time,…

The Syntax Midterm

I sat back in the theater style seats of the lecture hall after my syntax class. I needed the support to cushion the blow to the stomach I'd received from getting back my syntax midterm. In big, red, unforgiving pen, circled at the top of the page was, “23%”. My heart was beating fast, my…

The Stranger

I entered my bedroom and instantly noticed a pop up on my laptop screen. Someone was trying to add me on MSN Messenger, the pre-Facebook internet platform where I spent most of my time during high school. The person had a name I didn’t recognize. I decided to add him and send him a message.…

The Letter

One late August night, I found myself amidst a self-made tornado of laundry, school handouts and miscellaneous junk. I was in a frantic frenzy to find my checkbook; September’s rent was due in just a few days. I liked calling it, “September’s Rent” because to me, that sounded like I lived in a chic loft…

The Newest Kitten

"We need a cat," I informed my boyfriend, Anthony, one evening as I sat on the couch doing my nails. "Yeah, I know," he responded disinterestedly, staring into the space realm of his video game on the computer. This wasn't the first time I was lobbying for a cat. He just wasn't a cat person.…

The Deck Cats

“Paul, come quick, check this out!!” I exclaimed urgently with childlike enthusiasm in my voice. I stared out the window, giddily, watching an absolutely magical scene. Kittens! Several of them! Wobbling around Chloe’s backyard, rolling and frolicking in the sun. On one corner of the deck, one kitten booped another’s nose. On the stairs, one…

The Face Off

"I brought home a kitten," my older brother Michael texted me one afternoon when I was at Shire University. "He's in the spare bedroom in the basement. Can you check to make sure he's okay?" My eyes widened. My parents weren't going to like this. They had a pretty strong no-pet stance at the time.…