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The Woman who Slipped Below

“Help!” they cried, running toward my tower chair, stumbling over little sand dunes on their way. An older man and woman, and a middle aged man. “She’s drowning!” I stand and scan the lake where they are pointing. The surface is glassy. Unperturbed. I grab my red rescue tube and slide down the ladder. I […]

The Last Christmas Tree

Needle grew up like most trees. He started as a seed from a pine cone. He was raised in a greenhouse until he was big enough to survive outdoors, where he was planted in the ground. As Needle grew, he heard rustling amongst the other trees, who had been planted in neat rows alongside him, […]

Frozen Reflection

The windowpane was cold against her nose. Her breaths puffed against the glass and the condensation caught and froze. Outside the snow piled deeper and deeper with each passing moment. She drew a finger through the newly formed frost. Please. She mouthed the word as she spelled it out. She pressed her forehead to the […]

Betwixt Hearts

The woman may have come into Wendy’s tent trying to look common, but she had wealth written all over her. Even dressed down in dark trousers and a blouse, Wendy could see that about her. Her clothes fit too well. Her hair was too clean. “Do I have something you need?” Wendy asked as the […]

Winter Wings

I hear the birds’ chatter high in the trees, And the frurr-frurr of their wings as they fly, The bright colors of cardinals I see, Vivid against snowy trees and pale sky. O, how blue the jay and black the grackle, How brilliantly red the kinglet’s head, As they perch in fir and cedar, their […]