Blood Poppy, Chapter 2: Pub 10-33

Downtown Eastside, Vancouver: 2008 Poppy stood silent, in the early evening shadow cast by Victory Square’s monolithic war memorial cenotaph. THEIR…


Blood Poppy, Chapter 1: ’88

Danny let go of his mother’s hand and broke into a brief sidewalk sprint, as five-year-olds will do. He returned smiles from shopkeepers who opened…


Second Kiss

"Let's go, little man!" shouted Trevor's mom from the door. "We're already late for your lesson!" He knew he would breeze through his grade three…


A# Minor

Trevor sat still and silent at one end of the dimmed high school auditorium's 20-seat front row. Back straight, hands folded on his lap, and gaze…


Guttersnipe, Chapter 2: Lucky Day

Jangling bells and the unmistakable dank odour common to most Asian-owned corner stores met Richter’s entry. “All wet!” came the shopkeeper’s sharp…


Guttersnipe, Chapter 1: Dossier

Richter exhaled a heavy sigh as he dropped his final employment insurance vouchers into the mailbox at the end of his block. Though he had not made a…