The Suburban Plaza

I placed my work tote in the backseat, next to my not one but two gel memory foam cooling charcoal activated pillows. I was sleeping over at my parents’ house to take care of my bedridden grandmother while my grandfather was getting hip replacement surgery. Without those pillows my neck would kink, and I wouldn’t…

The Day After Father’s Day

“I’m here,” read Seth Grady’s text, as if I’d been expecting him.“Here where?” I texted back on my q9 keyboard. Across from me Luna, the other co-op student at this elementary school sat cutting out half-sheet booklets for tomorrow’s lesson.“At St Amelia’s,” Seth replied. “Where you told me you’d be.”My eyes widened as I stared…

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 Fountain

The summer between elementary and high school, my best friend Chloe and I spent most of our Saturdays at Amuseland, the theme park conveniently located down the street from our neighborhood. My mom would drop us off on her way to work in the mornings and then pick us up on her way home. We…

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 Cooking Class

I took Cooking as a bird class in high school. At the time, I was too immature to realize how truly innovative my high school was to even offer this class. In the first half of the semester we had cooking lessons and demonstrations, and during the second half, the class ran a restaurant as…

The Hot Dog

It was my first time camping with virtual strangers. The only people I knew sitting around the bonfire that evening were my high school boyfriend Jonah, his cousin Alex and Alex's girlfriend Miriam, both of whom I'd met only once, at Christmas. We were camping with a mix of their friends. They were all a…

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 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 Song

I sought refuge from the pouring rain beneath a bus shelter in southeast Bridgewood. The skies were dark and wide open, forming puddles all around me. The bus was characteristically late this evening. The flimsy plastic surrounding me was doing a subpar job shielding me from the sharp howling winds, the mist hitting me hard.…