hair in place

Mitzi hated the breakfast shift at the hospital, staring into vats of lumpy oatmeal.  and scrambled eggs, congealing, then crusting on the underside of the ladle.  disgusting.  she adjusted the net that kept her hair in place and hauled the metal vat of oatmeal onto a rolling cart. “Need a hand?”  a male voice.  a … Read morehair in place

a hungry man

there’s a hungry man waiting under the chicken-on-the-way sign.  he’s got his eye on a 5-piece snack box, fries and coleslaw combo.  there’s nothing finer than hot greasy chicken on a summer day. there’s a hungry man waiting under the chicken-on-the-way sign.  he’s got his eye on a 5-piece snack box, nothing finer than a … Read morea hungry man

on the night of the supermoon

i lie awake and think about the flood.  it is happening all around me.  helicopters flying all night long, checking the levels of the glenmore reservoir. dreaming, jumbled images of war. soldiers advancing across dark fields, animals floating down bloated rivers.  there’s mud everywhere.  i can feel the mud clinging to my bared feet.  the … Read moreon the night of the supermoon

darla

three strange days into the trek, Darla notices the skin on her palms is cracking and bleeding, peeling off in strips.  her friend Amy grosses out and initially refuses to help her dress her wounds.  when Amy hands her a piece of adhesive tape, she brushes up against Darla’s skin. “you’re burning up,” says Amy. … Read moredarla

papal shoes

papal shoes down the laundry chute.  panicking, Maria considers sliding four stories down to the central laundry;  landing on a pile of the finest linens, 1000 count linens, holy linens.  same creases, same sweat, same stains.  and now.  two red shoes caught in a swirl of dirty cotton.  Maria pictures his holiness standing barefoot.  she … Read morepapal shoes

accelerant

every time, Wilf orders a double scotch.  brand doesn’t matter but it has to be a double.  can’t stand the shudder, he thinks and tries not to think about what lies between the thin, curved walls of the aircraft.  fire retardant foam insulation.  cotton batting.  triple-coated electrical wires.  matches.  we’re kindling barreling through air, he … Read moreaccelerant