The Critique

I was flying through my post-graduate Teaching English as a Second Language program. I'd figured out the secret to good grades just the year before in my fifth year of my traditionally four year undergraduate degree program. That's how long it took me to figure out learning, just in time for me to learn how…

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 Knock

I was curled under a blanket on the couch watching Friends and marking essays. My boyfriend Ant had long gone to bed, but I had at least another hours’ worth of work before I could join him.  “I’ll be there for you..” played on my television as the next episode began.  Then there was a…

The End of an Era

My home phone was ringing as I walked through the door. My heart skipped a beat. Was the school calling to rat me out for skipping my last class that day.. and every other day this week? "Hello?" I asked, waiting to see if I'd hear the click before the automated truancy message from the…

The Border

I pulled my car up to the border patrol booth slowly. My hand shook as I handed the agent my passport. I hoped he wouldn't notice the moisture in the pages. I'd been gripping onto it in my lap since I'd hit the bridge. Always better to be prepared. "Where are you headed?" Asked the…

The Kiss

If you asked me about my first kiss prior to 2005, I may have lied and told you it happened at a birthday party in 8th grade. That's not because I'm a habitual liar, but because being older than 12 and never having been kissed seemed absolutely humiliating. Unacceptable, I'd decided. So I would tell…

The Days Before

On the Wednesday I met my manager for a quick meeting at a coffee house. The place was crowded, but we found some seats near the windows. We pulled out our laptops and talked business. On the Thursday I went to work at the largest university in my territory. I met with five separate professors…

The Tire

She wandered into The Tap on a Monday afternoon like she was lost. When she turned around and saw me sitting at the first booth to her left, she looked almost relieved. I couldn't imagine why she would be. It's not like we were friends. And yet, to my surprise, she sat right down in…

The Shadow

I was in my element. Sauntering through Furdin Mall popping the last of my warm, soft pretzel into my mouth before washing it down with my iced coffee. I was feeling good about successfully completing my mission to find my boyfriend an ugly holiday sweater. With my shopping bag hung triumphantly from my right arm,…

The Complaints

We sat in the rickety old van we rented in Montevideo cruising along the Uruguayan highway. From the backseat, I admired the angled tree trunks with green leaves exploding far into the sky. Farms paraded past us one after the other. The sun bathed us through the windows. Throughout the ride, when she wasn’t asleep,…