Shadow Ball

The building shook. Bits of rotting ceiling tiles rained down around us. Josie was still curled in the corner booth, rocking slightly. The red vinyl of the seat cushion creaked as she moved. I fluffed my hair with both hands, trying to shake out the debris. It was futile, a gesture from before. It had … Continue reading Shadow Ball

Pier at dawn

Before Daybreak

In the last hours before daybreak, everything changed. It was the sirens that woke us. My mother dragged us, tousle-haired and sleepy-eyed, from the room we shared with our grandmother. My brother and I wrapped ourselves in blankets, tugged on boots over our pajamas, while our father helped Grandmother with her shoes. The first rumblings … Continue reading Before Daybreak