Collateral Damages

In the aftermath of frenzied texting: if he didn’t have a wife who had survived breast cancer, if they didn’t have children, if it wasn’t the High…


Hippocratic Oaths

“Don’t have an affair! It will shatter you!” A deathbed warning from my best friend was incredibly painful and oddly comforting. Surely it meant that…


Emily in Red

We were assembled haphazardly upon decrepit benches, sunken couches, and metal lawn furniture along the rambling front porch of Mirror Vale, a former…


Saved Bones

First, he attacked porgies in the seaside restaurant. Tonight, red snapper would be his victim. A whole fish, consumed with consummate care. As one…


When the Men We Don’t Marry Come to Find Us

I am haunting him. It isn’t my intention, but he just keeps summoning my presence during his daily commute on New Jersey Transit. As he stares…