The Camping Trip

Drew Nodar and Seth Grady stood up from our table to leave for hockey practice. My heart sunk. I would miss having Seth around. He said normal goodbyes to everyone, but when he got to me his eyes twinkled a little more brightly. He said, "and you. I'll see you later." Holy shit. I thought…

The Inheritance

We were staying in a chic little townhouse cottage on the sands of Punta Del Diablo, Uruguay, in the off season. We'd traveled 9000km from our Canadian home to visit Montevideo and an additional 300km to get to this small region, at my grandfather's request. He was a Montevideo native. Back in the 60s, when…

The Soulmates

I left my boyfriend Anthony in the living room, to enjoy the last period of the hockey game, while practicing some songs on his electric guitar. I happily crawled onto my bed, propped my head against my pillows and pulled out my copy of Wuthering Heights. I'd been reading it for the past week. At…

The Bright Side

I was wailing in the passenger's seat on the car ride home after a party. I stopped to catch my breath, check my cellphone and resume the crying. I was upset because my exboyfriend had been at the party. Everything had been perfectly fine and terribly wrong all at the same time. All I really…

The Anniversary

The anniversary of my first date with my boyfriend Anthony was a day dedicated to commitment, love and that happily ever after ending. But not our own. A coworker asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, which just so happened to fall on the same day. It wasn't a big deal or anything,…

The Cough

"William." The syllables floated lightly outside my bedroom walls. My head swiveled toward my door. I considered that maybe I'd imagined it. Then I heard a cough follow it. Not my brother's loud annoying coughs. A soft, barely audible cough. But it was 3am. Who else could it be? I muted my 15 inch transparent…

The Houses

It was the fifth day of our family trip to Uruguay. An uncle had offered to give us a tour of the old neighbourhood where my grandparents, and my mother had all grown up. As we drove through the downtown city streets of Montevideo, I quickly realized my grandparents were very much city people. It…

The Red Flags

Eight days. Eight days was the length of time my 2015 was Seth Grady free. Day 1 was spent nursing a petulant hangover. Days 2-7 were business as usual. But on the eighth day of this promising new year, my life changed forever. It seemed as if it were a regular Monday. Cynthia, my best…

The “Girl Code”

The first time I truly felt things were amiss was while on a group vacation in Montreal. I’d invited Sam on the trip myself, to join me, my boyfriend Felix, my best friend Chloe and a mutual coworker Aaron to watch a music festival. She’d wholeheartedly agreed to come. Chloe had even been upset that…

The Birthday Wish

It all began long before it actually happened. It was sparked by a dream I'd had, seemingly out of nowhere. A dream that showcased everything I ever wanted. A dream that I woke up from feeling lost, hollow and longing for a reality that I hadn't even realized I wanted up until that point. A…