Selective Mutism for the Modern Girl

On Suki’s thirteenth birthday, she opened her mouth to thank her father for the cat-ear headband and instead heard herself saying “The doctor will tell you it’s a tumor.” The tumor turned out to be benign. Suki’s pronouncement turned into an anecdote, a funny story her parents told over drinks or dinner. Suki would even…

It wasn’t his time!

“I told you it wasn’t his time yet, mate!” “You don’t get to decide that. I do. I am the Reaper.” “And I am his goddamned Guardian, and I am telling you, you made a mistake. It wasn’t his fucking time.” “Maybe you should’ve been paying better attention.” “Jesus, what am I going to do…

The Hanging Tree

The night pressed down heavy on the men traipsing through the dark forest. The forest was still, expectant. Their swords jostled at their sides. Their boots crunched on the leaves covering the forest floor. An occasional curse hovered in the air when a root rose up to trip one of them. It was a night…

My Bare Spool

The wind beats against my face as I survey the land below me from a tree limb. I don’t know how I got up here, but what’s stranger still is that I’m not afraid. My fear of heights should be causing havoc within me right now. Shortness of breath, dizziness, a stomach full of knots….

Terminally Cold

“How are you feeling today?” the nurse asks. She sits back in her chair. You think about it for a minute. You want to say: “Like hell froze over” or “like death” or even “like someone walked over my grave”, because in your day these would have been funny. They would have gotten you a…