December 2020 A (Day 2)

Glass

I catch her in the bathroom mirror, after a double shift. Her face a glossy pearl through the fog of shower glass. She’s prettier than me, meaner than me. Seems taller than me. She asks, what is the use? After I wash my tired face, she’s gone. At the movies, in the...

You’ll Never Walk Alone

My best friend Jordan was a Liverpool FC fan. The club went thirty years without winning a title – longer than Jordan was on this Earth. Growing up, I used to take great pleasure in reminding him how awful at football Liverpool were. Jordan was bigger and more popular...

Ashes to Ashes

We left my mother's ashes in a crypt in a city she hated. Dead is dead, we said. A bunch of years later, I was coming out of a latrine with my toddlers and there she was. A wisp walking across the dunes toward the lake. Stopped me dead in my tracks. Had to shake it...

Homecoming

A voice is speaking on the other end when she scowls and hucks her phone into an unruly boxwood. An explosion of sparrows billows up yelling fuck you! in chorus, then races back down to the center of the shrub. She heads up the driveway, peering at the phone casually...

Sick Day

I’ve called in sick again. My boss didn’t bother reply to my text message this time. Not even with a K. I’ve spent the morning hours on the couch in my apartment, drinking the last of the red wine left behind after my sister’s baby shower. I sit with my computer on my...

Melanie

It had been a month since any of us had heard from Melanie. Her sister was ill, cancer at 42, but she had been dying all year, and we were sure nothing had changed. We knew she was struggling at work, but then she always was. Melanie disappeared a lot, and so it was...

Ambrotypes

Ambrotypes My skin is sepia now. I crawl into bed next to my pilot husband that didn’t come back from his sky mission.  *** When I was a kid, I was scared a black hole might appear like a L’Engle portal. I wanted to go to Space Camp but only with Lea Thompson and...

The Community

I met Gwen after a hard right swipe on Tinder.  Through Gwen I met Wren. Gwen and Wren live above and below each other in an overflowing apartment building four blocks from my home.  Wren and I decide to go to the beach. I call up Dinah as I walk to Wren’s and invite...

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