The Notepad

My paternal grandmother passed away just after my 1st year in university. That was 6 months after my paternal grandfather passed away. 5 months after she moved in with my family. 4 months after her first heart attack. A few weeks after her passing, my mother and I were cleaning out the main floor sitting…

The Outcast

My first few months in a Bridgewood elementary school were some of the hardest moments of my life. When my parents first told me I'd be switching schools, I never could have imagined how different life could be just a mere 20 minutes north. I showed up on the Bridgewood playground thinking I was cool.…

The Science Exam

On the last day of 11th grade, I nervously bit my bottom lip as I stared past the exam booklet placed in front of me. I was currently focused on running my fingers through my dyed jet back hair in an attempt to keep it straight. The practice was proving to be faulty because the…

The Decision

I lay in bed staring up into the darkness. I could almost make out my ceiling, if I tried hard enough. I was covered to my neck in my white comforter, my arms stiff at my sides. I'd been trying to fall asleep for about an hour. No luck. Beneath me, my mattress felt completely…

The Snow Pants

"You've got a boyfriend," a voice in the back of my brain nagged as I pulled up to Seth's driveway. Of course I had a boyfriend. I was there to pick up snow pants to wear on a skiing trip with my boyfriend. I knew that. Seth knew that. So why did I feel so…

The Accusation

"Alexis, I have something to tell you." My boyfriend Felix said urgently as I greeted him at the door one February afternoon. His voice was a scary level of serious. "Is everything okay?" I asked cautiously. In the nearly two years that we'd been dating, I'd never seen him look so intense. Had he been…

The Drift

I met Seth Grady at his car in the parking lot at Shire University after my second year university Psychology midterm. I was pretty sure I bombed it. I didn't care. I was way too excited to focus on the multiple choice questions. Tonight, Seth and I were heading to Tap Cup! Tap Cup was…

The Driving Lesson

I sat behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry with a 60-year-old Italian man in the passenger's seat and a male Bridgewood teen in the back. I barely knew either of them. I was doing my best to play it cool, although I was in fact terrified beyond belief. It was my very first in-car…

The Car Accident

It was by sheer misfortune that I moved to the small city of Tolbon during the worst winter the greater Leafton area had seen in years. It had snowed heavily almost every morning of the winter so far, and it was only December. The car rides were making me crazy. The traffic. The hours ticking…

The Colosseum

I found myself standing in the middle of a huge room one night. A Colosseum, maybe. There were over sized white pillars at every corner and maybe white sheets draped across them, forming a fluffy sky above me. I'd never been here before, and I had absolutely no idea how I'd arrived. It didn't matter,…