The ice water dribbled down Amelia’s palm, over her wrist and snaked down the inside of her forearm. She wiped her arm on her side, eyeing the  point of the safety pin in Karissa’s hand. “Amelia, relax,” said Julie. “You’re going to faint.” “I’m fine,” Amelia said. She blinked, smiled, she swallowed dry. She reached … More Pierced

Butt Head

Julie has really stuck to her New Years’ resolution. She’s doing aerobics at the Y. Hip hop dance things. I wake up predawn sometimes, find her in the living room, grunting and squatting and lunging to the commands of instructional YouTube videos promising a bigger booty. She looks incredible. All the hard work is paying … More Butt Head

Strong Like Mom

I saw a little boy at the park. His t-shirt read, Strong Like Mom. I looked at woman who was with the boy, his mother, I presumed. She was petite, didn’t appear to have any obvious superhuman strengths. She wore a bandana on her head and my first impression was that maybe she’d been through … More Strong Like Mom

Over Easy

The SNW-2000 virus hit hard and without warning. The virus crippled infrastructure, baffled experts and anti-malware systems with its speed and efficiency. At first thought to be a DDoS virus, it quickly moved through smartphones, to WIFI speaker systems like the Echo and HomePod, before compromising servers, homeland security protocols, and crashing networks worldwide. The … More Over Easy

Family Practice

Mrs. Ortiz had gotten to her feet when she heard the commotion in the back, and so she was standing and ready when the door flung open and her son, Anthony, appeared, clutching his mouth. His shirt was ripped at the collar and his hair was smeared with what looked to be toothpaste. A quick … More Family Practice

Fast Car

KJ won’t go down. Just won’t. He squirms and flops and jumps all over me even after I read him Earl the Squirrel three freaking times. I even make up my own alternate ending where Earl sees the beach for the first time. KJ isn’t buying it. “Squirrels don’t like the beach, Jackie,” he says. … More Fast Car