My Secret Formula

One day at school, we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. Andrew said that I should be a scientist. Scientist wear glasses and I wear…


Born Dead

Pashka woke up heavily and reluctantly. The sparrows chirped, rustled by fallen leaves. Sunny beams, penetrating through the branches of the bushes…


Costa Brava

I was awoken by a loud noise which I thought was the neighbour’s cat at first. I was six years old at the time and we had just finished school for…


Sideburns

We called him "Sideburns." Somehow, in some long-forgotten childhood reasoning, that seemed a good moniker for the guy who prowled alleys and back…


Snowflakes

Carol was sitting next to the window and watching snowflakes dancing gracefully. She loved snowflakes and admired their fragile beauty. It was cold…


Rot Girl

At the time, I didn't really think about it. I was young. Weren't you once? At some point, everyone has had a morning when they wake up and regret…


NEET, Part 3

XXIX. Ben stomped out of the kitchen and into the backyard. His hand was shaking, he realized, as he drew a cigarette. He paced on the sidewalk in…


Linda

WHEN I GO TO SLEEP---I NEVER COUNT SHEEP---ALL MY DREAMS ARE ABOUT LINDA Dreams about Linda? No: more like nightmares about Linda! Dreams do not…


Psalm to Gun Violence (Ode to Mass Shootings)

Just for today (if only for a moment), I am free to rise…as daylight's rueful awakenings sparkle like awesome diamond clusters adrift clear blue…


The Manipulators

Rudely awakened by smoke inside and shouts beyond in the street, Austin struggled into his blue work shirt, stuffing wallet and keys into dark…