Another Drunken Episode

Nearly three years removed from days spent stumbling around a traditional southern university, Manny felt at home in the Brooks Brothers casual look and aspired to one day be ringmaster of the bible belt political circus. He had never been one to adapt quickly, hence his appreciation for the social similarities in throwing back shots …

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Where You Wish You Were

Beth leans against the sterilized counter in the hospital room, arms folded. Her daughter Sam lies on the hospital bed picking at the IV in her arm. “Stop that!” Beth hisses. Sam looks at Beth, shakes her head and continues to pick. The pain in Sam’s side when she woke up this morning had been …

The Cleaning Lady

Maria cleans my bedroom and Maria doesn't judge. Maria watches Judge Joe Brown reruns while ironing, but if I want to watch something, Maria hands me the remote. I bet Maria would be the coolest mom. Maria puts Windex on an old cloth she pulled from the plastic basket she keeps in the trunk of her …

An Unexpected Gift

Amy tugs on the back of Dad’s shirt. When he turns around, she reaches her hands up and squeezes her fingers open and shut. “Not now, sweetheart. I’m tired.” Amy disobeys and continues tugging on the back of Dad’s shirt. “What did Daddy just say?!” Mom says this without missing a beat between chopping vegetables …