13 Gun Salute

It’s been twelve years since we lost my brother to war. The details are still hazy, and the state department continues to give us the runaround. It took my parents four years to give up and let their minds rest on what happened on May 5th, 2004. The initial reports said an IED.  Then we got…

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Green Blinking Lighthouse

  This one weekend, I met a girl, on some beach, near a lighthouse, in a city I’ve never been to before. I was desperate for a job so I expanded my search out of town — into any city that was willing to take me. I scored an interview for some marketing-communications- assistant job;…

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We’re All Drunk

A dog barks. No one complains. A baby cries. No one complains. A woman screams as plates shatter against a wall. No one complains. Rap music blares, sirens in the distance, and yet no one complains. They’re all used to it around here. I wake to a car struggling to start. An engine clicks as someone’s day takes…

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Until All the Stars Fall

I took extra time to apply the right amount of wall putty to each of the plastic stars. I wanted them to stick for good. She yelled from the kitchen asking if I wanted honey in my tea. I told her just a dabble. She questioned my usage of the word. I rose and stood…

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The Sweet New Girl

She opened the door with her head down. Her big glassy brown eyes to the floor, crying with composure. I hugged her and her arms stayed to her side, limp and angry. Her hands clenched, tears dripping off her chin. I kissed her cheek and ran my nose through her hair.  “I’m sorry,” I said. “I just can’t do…

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Cyrus and Melody

There’s this story I’ve been waiting to tell you for awhile now. It’s a love story with no ending, only a beginning. It’s about two people. Two boring people in their mid twenties, they aren’t in shape, they don’t have any money, and they both drive 1999 Grand Am’s. His is blue and hers is…

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