Titanium

After dinner, my older sister Julie and I were getting up to go do our homework when Mom stopped us by saying, “Hold on you two. Sit down.” She…


Arsenic

Prison was pretty bad, but one thing Stu liked was that he got to take classes if he wanted, and boy was he ever glad he’d signed up for this one.…


The Dragonfly

“Kids!” Katie motioned to get the second graders’ attention. “Look at this.” She held up a glass canning jar with a dragonfly in it and listened to…


The Painting

The day Ms. Langerford’s fourth grade class went to on a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Cole saw the painting, little did he know…


Crispy

Joel noticed, or felt, rather, a movement to his right. He moved his eyes in that direction and recognized Darnell, the nurse he liked the most, as…


Sunday, Bloody Sunday

"Okay, for our last song, we're going to do something by U2. You'll probably recognize it." Kari grinned as the crowd cheered. The fans of her band…


Mine All Mine

"Hi, Beth," Doctor Bryant said, greeting her with a smile and holding the door open. "Rick is here already. He ushered her into his rather cramped…


Good-Natured People

Ellen was just sitting down on the sofa to watch the 7 o'clock news when the doorbell rang. "Dang, I wanted to see what the weather was going to be…


The Attic

Billy pulled a blanket over his head and tried not to suck his thumb. He was nine years old and hadn't done it since he was a baby, but he couldn't…


The Folksinger

Right off the bat, the first time she saw him, Bethany knew she had a thing for the folksinger. Not just because he was handsome with those long,…