Sunday, May 31, 2009

The flames licked higher, climbing the walls as Joe stood in the room, a can of gas still in his hand.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The old couple sat together on the park bench paying more attention to the squirrels and birds than each other.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The tiger stalked its prey through the high grass, inching forward and then pouncing or so the kitten imagined.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Denise, growing weary of her job, decided to rob her place of employment and move to Mexico since above all else she loved the beach and a good Piña Colada.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The kitchen staff stood watching the family eat dinner and in the boy's mind they were killers who had poisoned the food so he refused to eat.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The whistling tea pot woke her from her reverie that had swirled around the twin topics of lost love and loneliness.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The tiny bird lying on the concrete chirped as he walked by, but he was too frightened to pick it up and take it home so instead he ignored it, knowing that he was allowing the creature to die.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

To Jimmy, the lit up backyard at night resembled a stage and he often expected Shakespearean actors to appear and reenact his daily trials and tribulations.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

His visit to the psychic didn't go as planned, considering all she could predict were the terrible tragedies that would befall him through the years.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Tim woke with a start to find Tracey, a girl he was "kind of" dating, trying to slip into his bedroom window.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

While making love Jenny let slip the words she felt inside but hadn't intended to speak aloud so early in the relationship, which abruptly ended that night.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

When Angela became visibly pregnant, the other women at the convent began to shun her.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The old man, paralysed from a stroke, sat in his wheelchair watching his family slowly disintegrate around him.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The lies had become too much for the both of them, but neither was willing to change.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

"You can't get blood from a stone," he yelled into the telephone before slamming it down, knowing everything he had worked for was now in jeopardy.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The smell of jet fuel always made Jack think of his father, a man who traveled extensively and who was most clearly pictured by Jack walking away.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The three children ran down the hillside and into the sea of red poppies, while their parents stood nearby, the car idling by the side of the road.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

From his rooftop in Brooklyn he could see the thick, black smoke rising and smell the acrid stench.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The couple sat on the beach that night talking more honestly than ever before, both thinking there openness had something to do with the sound of the crashing waves and the fat, red moon reflecting off the black water.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The crow looked on silently and bided its time as the men continued to sleep.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The wine ran out 15 minutes into the reception, leading the bride and groom to realize their friends were all drunks.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The snake wended its way through the tall grass and into the lives of a little girl and her family.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

"Song Sung Blue" came on the radio, bringing Lucy back to the day her Born-again Christian mother destroyed her record collection, taking special pleasure in smashing her Neil Diamond disks.

Friday, May 8, 2009

When Jim looked up at the night sky he often thought of his own death and hoped that the last image he had was of the multitude of stars.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The ghost tried hard to communicate with the living, but mostly just ended up scaring the hell out of people, and he began to spend less and less time bothering, instead finding solace in the household pets.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The wind whipped down Bourbon Street, sending the ladies' skirts to flapping and rattling the Mardi Gras beads of the drunken college kids.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

When Cecilia spoke of her life it was always in the past tense, as if it only existed in her memory.

Monday, May 4, 2009

As he grew older he realized that the establishment he fought against as a youth and whom he considered rigid in its thinking were in fact far less so than he had been.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

All he wanted was to buy a house and settle down, thinking a VA loan was the way to go, but now he was looking down the wrong end of a gun barrel thousands of miles from home.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Johnny was an Elvis impersonator with a problem, that is, he wasn't young enough anymore to be the younger version, but was too thin for the fat older version.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Whenever she smelled Jasmine she thought of the night in New Orleans when everything had gone terribly wrong.