Off the Path

“Whatever you do,” I call from the door, “don’t leave the path.” Melanie looks at the carpet of blazing leaves to either side of her, then offers me a bemused smile. “No. Wouldn’t want to trample your verdant lawn.” “It’s not that,” I say as I receive her from the stone path into my home, […]

Read More…

The Dough Wife

There once was a baker who lived all alone. He was so lonely, in fact, that one evening he collected all the leftover bread dough from the day and sculpted it into the shape of a woman. He used his fingers to poke eyes and a mouth into her head, but the dough settled and […]

Read More…

The Babysitter

“We’re going now,” Mother called from the front door. “Be good you two. Remember, the babysitter’s downstairs if you misbehave.” “Got it,” I answered, never taking my eyes from the computer screen. My finger danced on the mouse, annihilating digital monsters with every click. “Robby?” Mother called again. My little brother yelled back from his […]

Read More…

Runaway

The porcelain shards accused me. Their jagged edges were pointing fingers, all directed at me, saying, He did it. He’s the one who broke me. Mom would be livid. She’d inherited the doll from my grandma after she died, and my grandma had inherited it from her mom before that. I didn’t see what the […]

Read More…

Asher Road

A deep groan rumbled through the night, and my stomach tied itself in a knot. She’s going to kill me. For good measure, I turned the key one last time, but the car still wouldn’t start. It just repeated that unhealthy groaning sound before falling utterly quiet. I gave myself a moment to calm down […]

Read More…

Dead Hand

“This way,” called Nivia. “Just a little farther.” Luke waded through piles of dead leaves, following the beacon of Nivia’s bright blue jacket. She practically glowed amidst the drab forest. A windstorm in the night had stripped the remaining foliage from the trees, and now their twisted, black limbs were naked against the autumn chill. […]

Read More…
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!