The Fight

The irony of my first major fight with my live-in boyfriend, Anthony, was certainly not lost on me. Oh no, even in the midst of the battle, I quickly recognized that I'd been thrust from my usual position of power, into a position of defense. Defense wasn't my strong suit. "I'm worried that it will…

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…

The Hospital Visit

Rain drizzled persistently on the windshield, the wipers struggling to clear all of the drops. Long streaks of water curved along the glass, blurring the red brake lights ahead of me. They contrasted fiercely with the pitch black skies. The moisture on the ground created a mirror effect on the concrete, completely concealing the lines…

The Hunt

I stepped out of bed, only to have my right ankle give out unexpectedly from under me. Ouch. I landed on my knees on my bedroom floor, dizzy, confused and mildly nauseous. My right ankle throbbed, but it didn't look sprained or swollen; maybe just bruised. My body actually hurt all over. What the hell…

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 Primas

I walked alongside three of my second cousins, down a suburban street in Montevideo, Uruguay. I was trying hard to play it cool, to act like I belonged, even though on the inside, I felt I stuck out like a sore thumb. I didn't know their culture, and I barely knew their language. Naturally, I'm…

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 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 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,…