Roller Coaster Life

  Fairgrounds were Perdy’s secret addiction. Well, she said to herself, everybody had to have something. And at night on her way back from friends after early suppers she sought them out. Walked through shadow to garish light. Perdy was the best pal ever. Friends shared details of their private lives, she in the role […]

Friday

Friday

  The eyes staring back at him in the bathroom mirror revealed a delirium of neon lines drowning in pools of despair. Silence careened all around him with discombobulating volume. His mouth turned down in solidarity with his heart.   “I adore these wrinkles and scars on your face,” she would whisper as her gentle […]

Antebellum

Antebellum

I was already married when I met Kate, though the marriage was still new, offering the impression that either party could bow out with no offense given or taken. Perhaps this is why Kate and I were bolder than was wise, causing her father, not to mention society, to take notice of our flirtation and […]

Take My Skin Off

Take My Skin Off

  “Do you know what you and I have the most in common? We’re both afraid of the fact that we learned to love each other even when we didn’t want to love each other – no matter how hard we explain that we’re not worth it. If I can only take my clothes off […]

Beast Music

  “Where’s the iPod dock?” “iPod dock?” “Yeah, how are you gonna play music?” Mikey probed further. “You’re just gonna build this expensive old car and listen to the radio?” James grinned and shook his head at the inquisitive eleven-year-old as he ratcheted another bolt to the engine block. “What’s wrong with the radio?” “What […]