He Knows You Know

The phone vibrated. It was 3:00 am. I leaned over to see who was calling at that godforsaken hour. The caller ID said Sarah. I didn’t know any Sarah. Frowning, I answered. “Hello.” “Who is this?” a voice on the other end said. “Excuse me?” “Please answer.” I was awake now. I sat up in […]

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Tender

What was it about the spirit world that aroused such sensory overload? An attack of phantom memories?

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Janessa and the Crow

Janessa Walker was eleven years old. She had tight, curly hair her mom refused to  press or perm, wore thick, black-framed glasses, loved to read books about unicorns, had a collection of seashells she lined on her dresser bureau, and loved weird trivia.

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Butterflies

Nobody expected Aunt Joyce to change into butterflies, but who could blame her, given everything she’d been through? After twenty-six years of marriage, she finally divorced the man Mama said turned her life into one long joke. Uncle Ray-Ray had wronged her so many times her heart and spirit crumbled. She watched him sleep with practically every woman in town and for a long time did nothing about it.

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Paper Flowers

Paper flowers were Daddy’s only real hobby. He used to sit down at the dining table and, under the glow of the wooden chandelier, twist the paper this way and that around a pipe cleaner to create the roses and carnations, the only two flowers I think he knew, that adorned the house.

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