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Playing Dirty

He knows he’s dead either way. I was clear about that. I’m not a liar, and I felt no need to sugarcoat my intentions. The idea of him suffering has no bearing on my conscience.“Fuck you,” he hisses, s...

Plastic Hearts

"Another mimosa, miss?" the waiter asked, distracting me from the piece of art in the corner of the dining room."No, I'm fine. Thank you," I replied, shifting my attention back to the modern abstract ...

Pieces of You

I STEP ONTO THE SMALL stage constructed in the sand and, though I can’t stop grinning, the only thing on my mind is Claire and how I wish she were here to see this. Hank Langley hands me the third pla...

Phoenix Overture

“YOU HAVE MUSIC in you, Dossam. Never forget that.”My mother’s name was Lyric, our family name Harper, and I was born in the wrong time.When I was small, she took me to a concert hall in the old city....

Storm Glass

THE HOT AIR pressed against my face as I entered the glass factory. The heat and the smell of burning coal surrounded me in a comforting embrace. I paused to breathe in the thick air. The roar of the ...

Stone Cold Touch

Ten seconds after Mrs. Cleo moseyed on into biology class, flipped on the projector and turned off the lights, Bambi decided she was no longer comfortable where she was currently curled around my wais...

Melting Stones

Hey, kid—stop hanging off that rail!” A sailor, one of the women, was yelling at me. “We’ve only told you a dozen times! If you fall overboard, we’ll not turn back!”“Can ya swim all the way to the Bat...

Reason to Breathe

Breathe. My eyes swelled as I swallowed against the lump in my throat. Frustrated with my weakness, I swiftly brushed the tears that had forced their way down my cheeks with the back of my hand. I cou...

Broken

“Oh, sweetheart, you look beautiful! Roger is going to go nuts when he sees you in this dress.”I turned and looked at my mother and then back in the mirror. I smiled at my reflection.I’m so blessed. I...

Bring Me Home

In the last five weeks, I’ve read the letter I received from my mother’s rapist twice; the first time was before I knew who the letter was from and the second time I read it to make sure I wasn’t seei...

Briar's Book

Briar Moss knew he was only dreaming, but he didn’t care. He sat in a giant oak tree, the heart of a great forest. A leather bag brimming with emeralds filled his lap, and the oak whispered the secret...

Breathe

Life has always been a struggle for me. From what I could tell, it wasn't daisies for everyone else either. I never let go of the fantasy that one day I wouldn't feel so alone and isolated from the re...

Breaking Sin

Hold it! Please hold the elevator!I yelled as I ran across the lobby as the elevator doors began to close. I was running late for my first class of the day. The man inside reached out and stuck his ha...

Hook Me

Wiping the blood from my brow, I glared at Tito. The wound stung as sweat trickled into the open cut just above my swollen eye. He moved quickly, but I had more power. It felt like a game of cat and m...

Hollow City

We rowed out through the harbor, past bobbing boats weeping rust from their seams, past juries of silent seabirds roosting atop the barnacled remains of sunken docks, past fishermen who lowered their ...