The Grey Tabby

The first cats I ever met lived underneath the massive pine tree in our backyard. Two tuxedo cats. My brother and I would go out and try to play with them when they'd wander into our plastic play house. My mother cautioned us never to touch them because they might be diseased. The next cat…

The Move

It's hard to see them coming sometimes - fundamental changes that irrevocably alter the whole makeup of your life. It feels like day in and day out, nothing really changes. The days feel long and monotonous. Same couch, same pandemic, same life. But these small, seemingly inconsequential, things happen every so often. You sell your…

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 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 Current

My 23rd year was kicked off with a tumultuous birthday weekend in Port Sable. Despite an amazing first night with three of my best friends, the rest of the weekend didn't go as planned. The first day, the day of my actual birthday, my boyfriend Felix arrived just in time to ignore me, opting to…

The Prodigal Daughter

Moving back in with my parents after my break up was so hard. The first day back was the worst. I spent it cleaning out my bedroom and emptying out the few boxes I'd brought home. I did a lot of sulking and hiding from my parents. I couldn't face them. I didn't want to…

The Speech

Drew Nodar walked up to the podium summoning all of his courage. He'd been dreading this moment throughout the whole wedding. The whole week. Month! In fact, he'd been dreading this moment since Stewie Goode had informed him almost a year ago that as his best man, he would have to give a speech. Now…

The Departure

"I don't get it," I said to my mom as we took the ramp into the departure wing of the Leafton airport. My mom just stared straight ahead, her eyes red and puffy. She wasn't crying anymore, but I chose my words carefully so that she wouldn't start again. "Why are Rosela and her family…