December 2020 B (Day 2)

Sins of Omission

I didn’t mean to kill him. Honest. But he was a biter, nothing like his predecessor, Oscar Meyer, who was one gem of a hamster. Oscar spent most of his life outside his cage, squirming up my sleeve to rest against soft my neck and tackling the miniature obstacle...

Private Grandpa

He was shipping off to Palma with the most beautiful sergeant, so grandma rang her daddy and the war was called right off. They’d been wanting an out anyway. For his conflict resolution prowess, grandpa was given the island. He renamed everything after the most...

HIT ME BACK

I lit you a candle. I cleaned out the fridge. I bathed the dogs. I started parting my hair in the middle. I took the management position at the office. I began taking walks to cover more ground. I opened my mind to new music but when I heard a familiar song that...

Cars Like Scales

A car driving over a bridge passes a sign that reads, "Welcome to New Jersey".    "What the fuck!" the alligator driver says. He drops his shades below his slit-pupil eyes to better see the GPS.    "What? What is it?" asks his girlfriend in the shotgun seat....

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  “How much?” Anna asked, opening the passenger door of the Jeep. She stuck a leg up, stopped, then swiped bagel crumbs off the seat onto the ground and climbed in. “Not as much as I thought,” I said. She squinted at me with her soft brown eyes. Like when I said...

Binoculars

You sold me these binoculars when I was sixteen. Never know when you might need them, you said. I didn’t need them, but you needed the money. Handyman work didn’t always pay the bills. They’re like the ones you had in the Navy, when you scanned the seas for Japanese...

Nutcracker

For three weeks last summer we picked up dead people. Bodies, my sister said, rummaging for masks in the glove compartment, dead bodies: their people are gone.  She skipped out of the jeep and leaned her notebook on the remaining wall of the bakery. I climbed down...

To Lie Down In Green Pastures

“Hurry Simon, your parents found the book,” Alfonzo hissed. Simon paused, leaving Spiderman in his hand hanging in midair above a battered Wolverine.   “Are you sure, Alfonzo?” Alfonzo says nothing.   Simon dropped Spiderman to the floor and reached to his neck where...

Wedding Masks

We were supposed to get married on an island but instead we get married in a basement. You were supposed to have a veil, I was supposed to have polka dot loafers. “Did you bring ten dollars?” the woman behind the glass asks. “Yes,” we tell her, “yes.” We were supposed...

Flight

My mom was a flight attendant, but I misunderstood. I thought she attended a plane that traveled through time. Just the same, the passengers needed free soda and peanut packets and a nice face to remind them to be brave. They needed my mom. When she’d call home while...

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