The Building

Apartment 1108 - 5:00pm A woman sits at her glass table in the penthouse, the gorgeous city skyline hidden by her dark drapes. The lights are off. She’s lit up by the glow of her laptop as she tries to figure out how she’s going to pay the rent. The company she was a senior…

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The Final

I rushed home that evening, taking the back roads because the main city streets had been blocked off since early that morning. The traffic was horrific, and the entire city was abuzz with excitement. Storefront after storefront that I passed bore our team’s logo and slogan in their windows. It felt like the entire city…

The Fight

The irony of my first major fight with my live-in boyfriend, Anthony, was certainly not lost on me. Oh no, even in the midst of the battle, I quickly recognized that I'd been thrust from my usual position of power, into a position of defense. Defense wasn't my strong suit. "I'm worried that it will…

The Surgery

I slunked down the stairs into the living room where my mom was watching TV. I was groggy and confused, I couldn't remember why I had woken up. "Mamiii, I can't sleep." She glanced at me quickly before doubling back to look at me more intensely. Terror struck her face so fast that I was…

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…

The Conversation

I entered my Basic English Conversation classroom, that ironically doubled as the designated prayer room, one afternoon and was struck by a sudden and blatant juxtaposition. My jaw dropped as I struggled to decide if I was horrified and offended, shocked and amused, or just eternally happy that I lived and worked in a city…

The Confession

"Alexis. I have something to tell you." My best friend, Chloe Severino slurred into her phone one night. She was drunk. Really drunk. So drunk that I could almost smell the beer on her breath through the receiver. "Are you okay?" "Nooo, I'm not okay! NOT OKAY!" She sobbed. I stood up and grabbed my…

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 Alien

In a small semi-detached house that my parents were renting in Leafton, I sat on the floor playing with my brand new Barbie doll. She was perfect. She had icy blue eyes and long bleach blond hair. I'd named her Cher, after the character in Clueless. The bow on her box reminded me that today…