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…

The Midsummer Night

"You know, I still have to return your snowpants," I texted Seth Grady at 11 o'clock on a Sunday night. I had just gotten home from a tumultuous birthday weekend away, and I was throwing my damp clothes in my hamper when I noticed the bag of snowpants tossed in the back of my closet.…

The Little Things

On a Friday afternoon, at the end of a long week, my 20-year-old Colombian student, Carmelo, approached my desk after class. He was twisting backwards to put on his winter coat as he asked, "do you know Ant?" The sound of his name alone made me smile. I clarified, "do I know Ant? Like, Anthony,…

The Last Pizza Cone

I made an important decision after experiencing a traumatic event. The event was sudden and unexpected. It occurred on an evening that my best friend, Cynthia, and I had gotten all dressed up for a commemorative affair. Our plans included eating pizza cones before heading to a local bar for their infamous Monday night karaoke.…

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 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 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,…

The Bonfire

"Thank you everybody!!" Stewie Goode yelled into the mic at the end of the set he played with Drew Nodar. The bar erupted into cheers and applause. I clapped my right hand to my left hand, juggling my second empty glass of vodka diet Coke between them. Drew and Stewie had put on a phenomenal…

The Couch

"You know, I actually tried to talk to you at Shire once," my coworker Anthony told me as I turned into his apartment's parking lot. "What? No you didn't!" I disagreed. It bit my lip nervously. It always bothered me when people had memories of me that I could not recall. "What did I say?"…

The “Date”

I pulled into Seth Grady's driveway after what felt like the best first date in history. The whole evening had been absolutely perfect. Good conversation, witty banter, delicious food. He'd even paid. I should have been elated, but I wasn't, not completely. Reality kept rearing its ugly head, reminding me that this wasn't a first…