Tag Archives: Friendship

Dream State

Hazel and Luz slept on the sofa bed, Gabby on the air mattress, while I lay awake down the hall on an old pillowtop mattress. It was just before 2 am and thoughts collected throughout the day played against an … Continue reading

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Evidence of Outside

Rubi and I arrived first, Alannah, Erin, and Desiree not far behind, their SUV loaded with luggage for a week. With keys in hand, Rubi led us up the stone steps and into her family’s timeshare. “Wait a second,” she … Continue reading

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The Edge of Chaos

Yareli called and asked if I’d spend the day with her, go for a ride, eat, celebrate. “What are we celebrating?” I laughed. “I don’t know…life,” she said, punching the keys on her keyboard. “You’re at work?” “I’m getting ready … Continue reading

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The Choice

As soon as I started climbing the stairs to Sabrina’s apartment, I heard her yelling at Vincent, her boyfriend of two years. I slowed my pace, unsure if I should interrupt or come back later. They threw complaints and insults … Continue reading

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Intersecting Lives

Only four checkouts were open, each with a long line wrapping around snack and soda displays. Some people stared into their phones while they waited; others sifted through the items in their baskets, double checking their lists. Children grew restless, … Continue reading

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Hesitation

“You’ve changed,” Nina complained, leaning on the counter as she stared at me. “Not really,” I said, filling the teapot. “I’m just going through something…I guess.” “What?” Nina grabbed a banana from the fruit bowl. I started to speak and … Continue reading

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Not a Mother

In the evenings my mother and several women from the building took a five mile walk, round trip, to the community center, checked the bulletin boards, and then headed back before it got too dark. I rode my Barbie pink … Continue reading

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Broken Pots

“What are you doing?” Stella asked. “Nothing,” I plopped on my couch, clicking through tv channels. “ “Uh…meet me at 1818 Auberry Court.” “What…why?” “I need your help,” she said, her background suddenly noisy. “What is that?” “How long is … Continue reading

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A Farewell

In high school, my friend, Trinity, and I worked as Candy Stripers at the hospital. The vision of the future we had then included becoming nurses, working at the same hospital, living in an apartment overlooking the city, and marrying … Continue reading

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The Masked Man

Ayanna invited me to her sister, Adrianna’s” party as her plus one. It was supposed to be a small affair in their newly landscaped backyard with rented tables and chairs, food catered by Lucille’s, and a DJ to keep the … Continue reading

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