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Never Enough Time:

The date was the 22nd of July. It was Monday. The worst day of the week. Monday meant the start of the 5-day cycle of school, and it all felt the same. Every second of every day, every small moment, was rolling into the other until she swore she was consumed by the feeling of nothingness. Eat, sleep, school, repeat. The cycle. Expect, now, there was no school. There ...

The Perfect Watch

The Cabin Story.  "What the hell day was it anyway?". Troy asked aloud. He rubbed his eyes and tried to shake off the pounding headache. But, the headache wasn't going anywhere and neither was he. He had been drinking, and crying, and taking too many sleeping pills for a few days now. Troy was a handsome, thirty something, media consultant. Normally he lived in the city with his pretty wif...

The Man Who Gave His Heart to a Stranger

The coolness of the night air wasn’t helping with his insomnia.It was chilling. Made goosebumps prickle against his skin. If anything, it shocked him awake, rather than making him drowsy.He needed one of those hot, sticky summer nights where the air was sluggish and lethargic.He rubbed at his eyes. They were stinging and bloodshot.Every fibre and muscle within him wanted to collapse and take him to the blissful realm of sleep.But his mind was buzzing with energy. Too much. Too many thoughts running throu...

Sky for Sam

“Mrs. Anderson? There’s a message for you, visual included. I can play it inside if you—” She rocked back in her chair, the antique with the wooden runners, and tilted her head. The porch creaked when she moved, the porch she’d made them keep. “Never mind about the message, Alice. Why don’t you watch the stars with me?” Alice laughed, the polite laugh they were both used to. “Mrs. Anderson, you watch...

Survivio

I-stared-outside-from-the-window-in-the-middle-of-the-night and-pondered-if-I-could-ever-set-foot-into-the-world-with-all the-filthy-stench-spreading-every-second. The earth will surely collapse if another disaster hits. My parents are worried that we won’t make it out alive. Today was the day for my mom to get a monthly stock of food. She carefully placed the gas mask on her face and cautiously stepped outside. Every ti...

Standin' Up By Sittin' Down

“Maryanne!” called a voice behind me. Julia Hudson, my best friend came trotting up towards me, “Are you coming to join the sit-in?” “No, I’m just taking the kids to the museum.” “Would you just consider it at all?” “I’m trying to keep my family out of trouble. I don’t want my kids looking in the mirror and being ashamed of who they are.” “If this works, blacks won’t have to be ashamed an...

Reflection

The landscape has been transformed overnight. A storm came in like a furious woman and covered everything with several feet of snow. It’s times like these that I am glad I work from home. Jack was smart enough to stock up on groceries yesterday. Both the cars are parked in the garage so no scraping off ice when the time finally does come to leave our humble abode. I hold my cup of coffee closer as the hot streams hit my...

THE JOURNEY

Melissa Effiong was on the verge of anger, seeing all the distant relatives at the reading of her mother's will. They were never there when her mum was struggling with the intense chemotherapy due to the advanced stage of her ovarian cancer. Was she in the position of questioning how her uncles, aunties, cousins, and numerous relatives were never there for her mum? She didn't exactly have a smooth relationship with her...

Flower Field

The moon shone down, illuminating the field, giving it an ethereal glow. Stars decorated the sky, twinkling merrily. A gentle breeze blew past, whistling quietly, the grass dancing along with it, swaying rhythmically. I sighed as I leaned against the familiar oak tree, observing my surroundings. It was a cool and tranquil night, no sound to be heard except for the occasional chirping of crickets and the distant hoot of an owl.  This was our special place, a beam of light in our lives. I remember all the memori...

Through the storm

Trigger warning: child death Author's note: This is a bit of the story of my husband, hence the creative nonfiction selection.   Society dictates that you are supposed to get through schooling and get a job. You are supposed to be able to stick money away. Getting married and having a nest egg. A house and a few cars and two point five kids is usually the plan for everyone. It is a nice dream, but this just can’t happen for everyone.      &nbs...

The Girl on the Moon

Shania stapled the receipt to the invoice, slid out the creaky drawer, and dropped it into the M division. The phone rang— not the business phone, but hers. She picked it up from the desk. Unknown number. “Hello, you’ve reached Diane’s Accounti—“ she laughed, catching herself. “I’m sorry, this is Shane speaking.”  The voice on the other end didn’t laugh. “Good afternoon, Shania. This call is to notify tha...

The Golden Goose

The cold, damp wind blew through the black down jacket as he walked along King Street, past grey stone buildings and red brick storefronts covered by black iron gates. The fog fell heavy across the sky like a wool blanket draped over a couch-fort in the living room. The blanket cast gloomy shadows over the street and it looked as if the wet snow that was beginning to precipitate was being dumped from buckets atop the buildings. He shivered and pulled the collar tighter around his neck as he continued on past beggars and vagrants sticking ...

AfterLife

Trigger warning: suicide   Do you know what happens when you die?    Not just you know “dying” but rather the act of ending your life because it was too much or you are just done with everything? I mean..What do mortals call that act? Ehrrrm…. Yeah! Yeah! Suicide.   Anyway, it turns out that God was so saddened by this act of hatred towards His most precious gift to mortals, which was life that He had given those who committed this sin...

Troubled Times

Hector woke suddenly. Something wasn’t right. He glanced over at the clock, it’s glow-in-the-dark face making him squint as he read the time. 2:47AM. He listened for a moment, wondering what could have woken him so suddenly. Hearing nothing, he rolled over and hoped he would be able to sleep for a few more hours before the grueling day began.  After sleeping a few more restless hours, Hector rose from his...

Different Dilemas

Story 1 Sleeping With The Moon As I trudged down the never-ending corridor, peering at all the crooks and corners, walking slowly to my meeting with fate. With the moon hiding behind clouds I was wishing I could leave now. But it was too late. Seeing the stars all strung together gave me a wince of hope until even that was gone. The day had gone so fast and if I knew this was going to happen I woul...

Single Pane

“Dang it! It wasn’t supposed to rain today!” I shout as I look out the window and see my brand-new seats in my brand-new car get wet with rain. I run down the stairs to head off the rain. “Babe, what’s going on?” Lisa asks as I run by her in the kitchen. “My windows are down and it’s raining!” I ramble opening the door. Looking out the kitchen window seeing not one cloud in...

Good Day

Gamble Rivend stood with one foot on the guide rail at the lodge of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was a place with some memories for him, though he wasn’t old enough, in his reckoning, to reminisce. Even so, he couldn’t help but remember the long summer solstice he’d spent here fifteen years ago. The sun broke over the ridge line and set his golden hair aglow in the morning light. He was a tall and stocky ...

THE PREJUDICE

The scent of the soil rose when the drops of impalpable rain drenched the coarse granules of earth. The petrichor was the symbol of primacy that marked his arrival, later the oozing wind with dust and leaves swirling around her home and sound of the eveningbells followed. And before the pleasant rain turned monstrous, his footsteps resonated in the hallway, dimlit with oil lamps that swung with the pace of the wind, her joy knew no bounds and her heart’s elation subsumed the entire home, and there was just pure love that surrou...

The Triumph of Light

I watch as the dawn filters through oak branches and spreads across my bare skin. Rays of light leave little patterns that dance all over my body, a kaleidoscope of the butterflies fluttering across my arms and legs. Smoothing my hands over small breasts, I smother my jealousy of my sister's blossoming form.Siobhan stretches her lithe body, the recent growth within her just starting to show. She would be the one to represent us under the grand oak tonight, alongside mother and Aoife. I had many sisters in this place, but...

Breath in, breath out

Like she’s been doing for the past weeks, Yuliya sighed. To be more specific, her brother made her sighed. “That’s right, now you have to do it for fifty minutes straight.” But she didn’t want to do this for fifty minutes straight. At the beginning of the school semester, Boun decided to start doing sports. And the one he chose was also the only one which wasn’t full: qi gong. After enrolling and before attending the first class, he looked at a video which made him fall asleep. And that’s apparently what convinced him to actually attend t...