“OK, last game – rack ’em up,” Cal said, “and let’s see how your hustle holds up.” He leaned coolly against the paneling in the close, dim room and chalked his cue with a deliberate eye on his opponent, studying every glance and gesture with purpose. Eddie – or The Shark, as he liked to introduce…Continue Reading “Cosmic Pool”

The relentless beep beep beep of the monitor had taunted Tom for hours now; it was more than he could bear. He buried his face in his hands attempting to hide from the truth, but the cold blue light from the screens found him like a searchlight in the dark room. How did we end up here?   He…Continue Reading “Listen”

“Can’t imagine spending life with anyone else,” the old woman said. The rocking chairs creaked. A groundhog lumbered nearby. Such similar creatures are we, thought the old man. Eat, hibernate, mate, hibernate some more. He had left her long ago, retreated into dreams of another life. “Yep,” he said. “Imagine.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This post was written for the…Continue Reading “Silent Leaving”

“Ma’am, can you please answer the question.” After what had been several awkwardly silent moments, Ellen continued to stare straight ahead, unseeing – and quite obviously not hearing – anything around her. She was somewhere else entirely, oblivious to her surroundings and to the urgency of the inquiry. But Ellen knew that matters of such import…Continue Reading “Decision – A Six Sentence Story”