The Movie

I met Terrance Verbly at the bus stop one afternoon in late August. Neither of us could afford cars, although one of our favourite topics of conversation revolved around what we'd do when we finally bought them. My dreams always ended up with the impromptu road trip of a lifetime down south to Mexico. Terrance…

The Cheats

I sat at the back of the class entranced in my work. I was halfway through writing Eminem's second verse in Renegade diagonally across the plastic cover of my red history binder. I blew the glittery black gel lightly to dry the words before starting the next line. "Do you always write with your face…

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 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 Bridgewood Kids

I walked down the long university corridor slower than everyone else. I was still adjusting to my new life's pace. I'd only graduated high school six months prior, but I felt light years ahead, in another lifetime. In high school, I'd slid through with common sense and minimal effort. I made the honour roll and…

The Semi-Formal

"We can never tell anyone this happened," I pleaded with Olivia in the study of my parents' house. Olivia nodded solemnly. I could tell by her distant gaze that she was still processing the events of the night. And then we both cried. A deep and sorrowful cry of despair, that only angsty teenagers who…

The Playground

"I brought some, uh, refreshments," Drew Nodar announced reaching into the back seat of his messy hatchback. He pulled out a three-quarter filled bottle of red wine out from underneath a bag of takeout. Had it been any other guy, and I would have said hell no and walked the two blocks back to my…

The Face

"My father runs Palucci Brother's Construction with his brother," began Sandro Palucci from the front of my 10th grade Careers class. The night before, we had had to interview our parents about their jobs and create a short presentation from those interviews. So far there'd been three construction company owners and one bakery owner's offspring…

The Necklace

"Hey, do you wanna come to the mall with me?" Seth Grady casually texted me one evening after school. Did I!? My heart skipped a beat and without hesitation, I texted back, "yeah, sure, absolutely!" Something was up. This was it. Seth must have broken up with that little troll Lilith DeSales, finally! He was…

The Ride

I found myself standing at the back of Alpson's Family Restaurant wearing a stained black men's chef uniform; pinstriped black pants and all. On my head I wore a black baseball cap, and my jet black hair was being held captive in a hairnet. As strange as I may have looked, this is how I…