Their Castle in the Air

Everett and Alicia somehow escaped injury in the blaze. Guilt feelings at deflowering his girlfriend in the hay loft crescendoed when Grandpa asked what they were doing up there. He couldn’t handle the man knowing their sins. She was the Everett’s love of his young life, his reason for being, his muse. Youthful lust evidenced […]

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Prolonged Perch

Pain in her toes grew the longer Casey remained hidden in that secret spot up her favorite climbing tree. Wintertime made sitting on its fork all the more arduous a wait for the time-sensitive inevitability of another sibling getting in trouble inside to make her transgressions be forgotten. Her skin went from a healthy pink […]

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Family Values

My fuchsia bicycle with the flowered banana-seat conveyed me all over town, my travel unrestricted. Stranger Danger didn’t get forced on a kid in the ‘70s like the present day. I pedaled pretty much anywhere the strength of my legs could take me. I got to ride that bike to visit my friend, Veronica, from school. My mother […]

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Pack a Joeys

She’d say, “Y’alls just a bunch of dumb ass kids who don’t know a thing.” We heard that a lot from Granny. Said we were stupider than day-old possums and twice as ugly. Momma was her least favorite daughter-in-law and talked even more hateful to her. If that was possible. Momma said to ignore her, […]

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