The New Girl 22: The Portrait

Guardian and Bekah were eating a sad meal at the cafeteria. They could barely look at each other. Just a graze of the eyes hurt. It hurt just to be near one another, but if they could get a moment, they would. Bekah was talking about her art classes and said she needed to draw… Continue reading The New Girl 22: The Portrait

The New Girl 18: Future Part 3

On stunned legs I wobbled up to the front of the class. I didn’t trust my voice, but to my professor I said with a croak, “You meant upper classmen, right?” He turned to me with a broad smile. He was a powerful, if not rotund, man with a full head of salt and pepper… Continue reading The New Girl 18: Future Part 3

The New Girl 15: Corrupter

“What was that?” I asked Bekah as we left my mother’s house. “I’m not sure what just happened there myself.” She laughed. “Those two women hate each other.” “Hugs to the contrary.” I looked at her and felt so much hope. We were moments out of our first family meeting. Someone had decided that finally… Continue reading The New Girl 15: Corrupter

The New Girl 13: First Christmas

Rose’s Kitchen: “Well that woman is going to demand that you take the whole day with her.” See here, she is talking about Hymnal. Here, Rose is making the first of her attacks on Bekah’s mother. Let’s get back to it, it gets really good. “She is a Lynch, so she gets everything she wants.”… Continue reading The New Girl 13: First Christmas

The New Girl 12: Future Part 2

I went to the mailbox with my mother to check. Our entire neighborhood had one mailbox. It was huge and red, and we went there together because she was headed over to my grandmother’s and I was headed to my apartment after having lunch with her. I remember the sun was warm. I remember I… Continue reading The New Girl 12: Future Part 2

The New Girl 9: The Maître d’

“Well, you can’t use my kitchen. I have a husband to cook for. See, I’m a wife who cooks for the man she loves,” Rose said. Shadow stepped forward when a thing swooped down from below. That is the best way to describe it. You’re probably scratching your head thinking things swoop from above and… Continue reading The New Girl 9: The Maître d’

The New Girl 5: Breaking the News

After the Dress: “Everybody out,” Burg said. The apartment went quiet and everyone looked at me. “She is my sister. I am staying for this,” Bliss said. “She is back in Springfield and can’t talk for herself.” “You’re gonna leave and you’re gonna leave now,” Bell said. “We gotta talk to our Droog.” Everyone huffed… Continue reading The New Girl 5: Breaking the News

The New Girl 3: Meeting Vigil

“I need your help,” I said to Rose as I walked into her house. “First, have you eaten?” “Since when?” “Sit down and eat.” My mother dropped a plate of pasta on the table and summoned me with her flapping slap. I obeyed. “What can I do for my son today?” She smoothed back my… Continue reading The New Girl 3: Meeting Vigil

The New Girl 2: Come Home Soon

She had stayed until everyone left and I was walking Bekah to her car. It was the first day we were together, and she was going to her parents where she was staying for the summer. “Don’t go,” I said. “You belong here. With me.” I kissed her. It didn’t take more than that to… Continue reading The New Girl 2: Come Home Soon

Guardian’s War 21: Throwing it All Away, Part 1

He marched from Siren’s car, slamming the door behind him, his head down, his eyes at his feet. She rolled down the window. “Do you want me to come with you?” she said. “No,” he answered. As Assassin walked across the grass of the front yard of our house on Normal Street, he saw Grasp… Continue reading Guardian’s War 21: Throwing it All Away, Part 1