The Office

“Yo, MC Rydes! How you been?!” Read the familiar and yet novel text in my inbox. I almost laughed out loud as I read it. It could only be from one person on earth. Javier Alonso, my old buddy from elementary and then high school. “Javi!!!” I responded, a big smile on my face. “I’ve…

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 Iron

Troy checked his cellphone at the red light at the corner of Listington and Wetherford. His marble blue eyes lit up, and he let out his defining hearty chuckle. He instructed me to check my phone as the light turned green. I had to move my hand slowly, as to not draw attention to its…

The Carpool

I heard it mentioned in the staff room one afternoon. The bane of my existence throughout my adolescence. The locale to which I had reluctantly returned not but three months prior. The mention of it here, in my teachers office, in midtown Leafton sounded odd and out of place. My personal and professional worlds so…

The Bus

I fiddled mindlessly with the dangling pink chiffon of my pink princess hat with black Mickey Mouse Ears protruding from each side. Beside me, my best friend Chloe donned a life-sized Goofy hat as she clicked through pictures on my digital camera. We sat together on a curb outside of Disney World's Magic Kingdom waiting…

The Wedding

“Damnit, I wanted to marry Brendan!" My best friend Chloe announced to the tense room. We were all gathered and waiting for the signal to begin the procession into Brendan Sheddam's wedding. He was marrying our childhood friend, Olivia Pagliacci, and we were her bridesmaids. There was a split second of stunned silence and confusion…

The Walk

I got off the bus at Olde and Savidville armed with a latte in my left hand and my iPhone 7 in my right. The inch of slush on the ground soaked right through my grey knit Uggs almost immediately. Ugh. I wasn't about to let the Canadian February weather ruin my mood. I was…

The Quarry

I grew somewhat anxious as my exboyfriend, Paul, drove down an old gravel road leading to seemingly nowhere. He finally pulled up to a small church that looked like it hadn't seen people in years and parked his big red pick-up truck in the empty parking lot. Something was definitely off. "It's about a 20…