Ladder To Nowhere

Cleo skipped through the woods as Jak trailed after her. “What do you want to do on your last day?” Cleo asked as she spun around, kicking up fiery leaves with her feet. “I don’t know,” Jak mumbled as they scuffed their boots in the dirt. “Hmm, I know! We could climb the magic ladder […]

By the Phone

The second day she checked her phone every 15 minutes, not on the 15 marks of the hour, but according to her own mental clock that started the minute her eyes opened. After the 20th time she checked, she had to admit the pocket-sized hunk of rare metals, plastic, and glass would turn on again. […]

Beyond expat

Father dreams of buying a plot of land with a barn to build a boat in. Someday he and my mother would sail around the Mediterranean. A few years ago we bobbed around the local lake in our houseboat until we realized that the back end was rotted through. That boat has been sitting on […]

Starbucks Tea

She orders the green tea, her boyfriend’s arm around her neck, In Starbucks, with me standing in line behind. Who orders tea here? For 5,60 too. He asks for an Americano—I miss the states— Does he know he know he’s going to be up all night? Will she be with him? What’s my order, I […]

Time for Tea

Marjory opened the door a second after the first knock. Ruby stood on the step with her fist still raised for a second knock. I saw you through the window. Just put some tea on the kettle, would you like a cup? Marjory said as she ushered Ruby into the house. Ruby fiddled with her […]

Speaking Kiwi

The day doesn’t start with my alarm, or with my required bowl of cereal. It didn’t start with the shower or the scramble to grab my stuff. My day starts as I stand at the doors of the lift and wonder for the hundredth time why one is always broken. And it’s not even the […]