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Pastel de Laranja

vovóEndearing Portuguese term for Granny / GrandmotherThe room was functional and minimalist in style, but still managed to feel warm and enticing. The feature was undoubtedly the gigantic cheese plant dominating one entire corner. A mulberry and raspberry candle ignited a sweet, honeyed aroma to the air. Maria felt comfortable here. The counsellor had kind eyes, and closed them unhurriedly as she savoured each sip of her green tea. “Had you ever considered trying ...

Shape-Shifter Squad

“IIIIII HATE HIM!”Crash.“HE’S A JERK!”Bang.“I HOPE HE FALLS INTO A HOLE AND DIES!”Smash.“AARRRRRRRRRRGH!”I hurl my fist down on one more hollow wooden sphere and smile at the extremely loud but totally satisfying CRASH. My brows pinched with fury, I throw the remains of the ball down and stomp around the counselor’s office. As I survey the wreckage, the anger drains aw...

Emotional Intelligence

My name is Echo. Class A Companion model: Female. Current owner: Sara Whitby.For the thirteenth time today, I run diagnostics. Beep. All systems operating at maximum efficiency. Once again, no errors are detected; however, something is inherently wrong.Down the hallway in the kitchen, Sara is preparing snacks for the arrival of her younger sister, Jane. She insists on preparing everything herself when her sister visits. Cupboards bang, the fridge sucks open and cutlery clatters on the stainless-steel work...

The guild of the dead

Trigger warning: suicide   Am I supposed to be watching this? I don’t know if it’s normal for dead people to watch themselves, dead, like this. I have no clue because obviously, I am dead for the very first and last time. It’s funny how I thought that I will be at peace when I finally get rid of all the burdens my life on earth had to offer me, but I guess it’s certainly not the case. I took my life about an hour ago, and here I am looking at my dead body just as they s...

The Catholic Mission in Low Earth Orbit

There was a mistiness in the man’s eyes as he affixed his gaze upon the wooden idol of Christ suspended above the altar. In the past few months, Father Rodriguez had become familiar with this look. On a day-to day-basis, few inhabited his pews, but whenever there was a visitor, they did not come lightly. It did not surprise the Bishop, given the geographic nature of his churchgoers’ profession, to see the immense anguish and anxiety they brought to this place of worship. Still, he could not help but look upon the dark expressions of the ...

Your Last Meal (The Third And Fourth Course)

Maggie shifted in her seat as the servers brought out the palate cleanser. It was sorbet, but not like the kind one bought at the grocery store. She watched as her boyfriend chose his and then picked one opposite to his. That had been a strategy Pierce—her boyfriend—had come up with once they started.          They didn’t know which dishes were poisoned, so he figured that if they chose the dishes that weren’t clo...

Several Dipping Areas

Overall, Debra thought, as she scraped hummus from the silk curtains, it was not the worst wedding she had catered. “Hey, are you almost done with this room?” And she was also glad to be working with someone with such a wonderful sense of humour. “Laura, grab a bucket and a sponge and get to work.” “But the others need…” “They need to explain things to the police when they come back to ...

A Tale as Old as Time

It’s 5:45pm, “She will be here in 15 minutes, God, I hope she isn’t late,” George anxiously looks at his watch, pulling the curtain from the window, to see an empty driveway. “What if she is late? I hope she isn’t late,” George whispers to himself as he heads to the kitchen to check the cornish hens baking in the oven. “almost done.” He says as he shuts the oven door. He glances at himself in the mirror hanging on the w...

All mine

I had a friend in middle school,who would always tell stories. You could not tell if they were true or fake.so all of us kids just listened to mike as he went on an on about his family life.mike was the only child in his family. We just thought he was getting bored with his real life .so he had started to make up life events.butwe always s knew he was ok.Mikes family wasn't rich nor poor.we were all aware of his mother s...

Do Not Bring The Book

I am sitting on a chair reading a book.I like just sitting here relaxing not caring about all the fighting of my siblings. It makes me feel peaceful knowing anytime I feel stressed I can just rest on the couch, Forget about the problems and just, you know, just make me feel calm. But this is not the day. Splash! I get up and wipe off the tomatoes on my Tee-shirt that was thrown by my sister, Roxie. I know you may not believe this but I am the youngest of the family like literally. My mother is 46. My dad is 43. My older...

A Killer Friendship

John had been driving home from his class reunion for hours, and though he would never admit this to his wife, he had somehow gotten himself completely lost. He had very little sense of direction as it was, and he relied heavily on his phone’s GPS to get him just about anywhere. The current problem was that the GPS just kept rerouting and rerouting and taking him down so many side streets and backroads that he was now driving down a winding road surrounded by endless trees on either side. He knew for a fact he hadn’t driven down a road l...

The Final Question

Today I woke up in my new apartment looking at the beautiful view of New York. Once I got up I went straight to my bathroom to take a quick shower because I had a job interview at 8 pm. Last week I moved into my new apartment in New York to find a job, but that wasn't the only reason why I moved. When I was 12 years old, I lived in Virginia and my parents died in a car crash. When my Aunt Linda heard the news, she went s...

A Dino That Typed

January 28, 2021 The final analysis and data reports had been turned into Professor Curton, and the printer stirred quietly as the warm packets of his recent studies popped out one by one. His presentation tomorrow would be concerning the middle and high school proportion of the town, hoping to end the growing anxiety for some adolescents of the new generation.   The new technology gave him blisters to maneuver ...

A Dark Silence

The room was dark, as it had always been. No windows, no carpet, nothing but a mattress, a blanket and a pencil. She was fed daily though a small slit in the bottom of the door. Every day the same thing, bologna sandwich and an apple, it never changed. Fresh air was pumped in, and exhaust sucking the old air out. There was nothing else to see, it was completely void of any light, any sound, literally nothing. ...

The Hustle

The death came right as the air turned cooler, the breeze blowing in fall and sweeping the crunchy, brown colored leaves down the street. Not that anyone stopped to notice. New York City bustled around him, the constant movement a reminder of what he had lost. After all, Bentley Applegate had always been the type to keep to himself. It was a wonder he had ever married in the first place, and though it was only weeks ago...

The Master Plan

4/1/2018 It was a Wednesday morning, I had woken up to the sound of birds chirping on my front porch-, I'm kidding, who do you think I am cinderella? Now let's really start my day shall we? I woke up to the smell of smoke from cars and factories, and the same blaring alarm I hear every morning, 'Another day in the Big Apple' I thought to myself as I rolled in bed. ...

The Budding Daffodil

“...Three people found dead in the subway station. According to witnesses and surveillance cameras, the three men suddenly collapsed on the platform. Detailed autopsies have shown that these men were perfectly healthy and showed no signs of previous health issues…” “…somehow people just drop dead without any warnings or symptoms. Car accidents, power outages, buses crash into buildings happen on a daily basis now. People are told to remain inside their homes…”

A Harrowing Halloween

October 31st, a time of spooks, scares, tricks and treats. It was Henry’s least favorite time of year and holiday, it was even worse that now he was a ghost.  “Everyone just looks idiotic and get a laugh at other people’s expense!” Henry floated around the room and vented. “Everything is overpriced so people can make a quick buck!” A calm voice responded “Now, how does that make you feel?” “Infur...

Reunion

Harriett took a deep breath and knocked on the door. She stepped back, nervously twirling a ringlet of orange hair between her fingers. It had been several years since she'd seen her son. She had told him to leave until he was able to behave himself. He'd never returned. She had heard that he was now the proud father of two children with his long-time girlfriend. Her partner, Alfonz, had encouraged her to reconnect with ...

Can I tell you a secret

Can I tell you a secret?Or maybe I shouldn’t...It could spoil the whole story,I don’t know if I should…But I just can’t keep it to myself. It’s so terribly hard!I need to tell you what's on the noteYou know what,...I’ll just tell you.But if anyone asks you…You keep it to yourself.Or else.So you want to know what it is?It’s that....Hmm let me give you some background You should know.It all began with a note. ...