Au Pair

[Hello -- This story has been in the works forever, and I was very pleased to try this new approach of POV]. The boulanger has come to expect you every weekday morning. You breathe in the sweet smell of his shop as you descend from your chambre de bonne,...

Escalation

You drop everything and go. It’s what you do when someone you love is dying. The distance between, suddenly a feasible illusion. In the gray drab of the airport garage, you drive in circles, an ascending spiral towards…. nirvana, you hope, but just one lousy parking...

Dice

Down by the Elbow, Billy’s place was, up high on the rock, so high it was a hardship to get from the dock to the cottage. All rock, gray granite with a stripe of pink quartz marbled by white. Wind-born waves shuffled against the shore, blue-tailed skinks sunned in...

For The First Time In His Life

For The First Time In His Life Jay found himself questioning the wisdom of always turning the other cheek, insisting (as Mary would say) on seeing the best in everyone. In that moment he longed to see how it might feel to be rude and judgmental for once. But just the...

1969

Note: This has been rejected as a third-person story; so I took Sarah's advice and am trying it in second person. The epigraph is from a musty "teenage advice" book I found when I worked in a Catholic school library--in the early 2000s! (!) The story is fiction, but...

STOP in the Name of Love

STOP in the Name of Love When something goes wrong in the wilderness which usually means someone gets hurt, or you realize you are lost, or you see a bad storm coming. Stop. Think. Observe. Plan. She said, “It’s back,” and you said she could beat it again. Sweaty cell...

This is How it Ends

So the ENTIRE book I'm currently writing is in second person...so I forced myself not to share any of that. Instead I found an abandoned story from years ago and brushed it off. Not sure about the title but I like the idea. Thanks! This is How it Ends You spend a...

So Long, Suzy Homemaker

[I took a stab at combining the "First Person Who Is Not Us" point of view, speaking to "you," with a found form, but I plan to scrap it. Maybe I'll come up with something decent later because there were so many great suggestions!] So Long, Suzy Homemaker...

Getting Our Names on a Plant

I’ve worked on two stories for this assignment. One is science-fictiony and uses “we” as a decidedly collective voice. It seems to work (more or less), so I’ve decided to submit the other because I have questions about it vis-à-vis POV. It was originally started using...

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