Terrence Stewart and the Magic Whatever

“It’s every July 13th,” Mr. Wibb explained. “You’re in here every week practically, what do you mean you’ve never heard of it?” “Mr. Wibb, there is no such thing as the Magic Whatever Sale,” Terrence protested. “Every July 13th, young man,” Wibb’s eye glimmered as he swept his hand across the shelf deeply lined with…

Taffy

No one’s life has ever been turned around by an inspirational house sign. Those little plaques sporting quaint warmths like “Home is Where the Heart Is” and “Live, Laugh, Love.” I can’t imagine someone reading those handfuls of words and thinking, “Oh yeah, I never thought of it that way. HomeĀ is where the heart is.”…

Every Nook and Cranny

She said it so casually I nearly accepted it without thinking. “Well, you’re never alone in your house after all.” Wait, what? Like God is there with me? (What a hokey thing to say.) “No…” She looked confused. “Like the other person living in your house?” I live alone. It was my aunt’s place if…

Assumed Things

The pile of blankets in the center of the floor is the first thing I see most mornings. They were thrown off in the middle of the night. That plastic grocery bag in the trash can is the first thing I hear most mornings. It won’t ever stay still. The red shag rug that’s more…

Distracted

There it was again. That stupid bird. With the puffed out feathers and the one eye that I swear is bigger than the other, but that I can’t prove because it only ever shows me one side of its face at a time. With the beak that’s uselessly round like it tripped over and fell…

I Need You to Open Up

It might have happened over a matter of months or years. I don’t really know. I just wish I’d been more observant. There was no telling where anyone else was, but as I searched for what to do next, a dread washed over me that informed me that if I did leave my apartment now,…

Thumbprints

It was funny how quickly I lost the desire to keep track of time and place. I figured we’d see a lot, most of the country, even, and I wasn’t wrong. I wasn’t licensed for the rig, so Geoff told me I’d have to do enough watching for the two of us, but he never…