Chapter Four – Boys and their Toys

 After what couldn’t have been more than three hours, Colton stirred at my feet. He slid away from Emilia silently and rose to his knees. Without making a single sound, he placed his hands on either side of me, propping his palms on the box I sat upon and rested his forehead to mine. Wordlessly,Continue reading “Chapter Four – Boys and their Toys”


Chapter Three- Promises

We eased into the Underbelly at the closest access point, ducking under torn textile, withered ropes and creeping over years of accumulated dirt and trash.  The intermittent light cast by open fires only penetrated dusty patches of our path where the rickrack shelter had given way to years of heat, wind and abuse. It wasn’tContinue reading “Chapter Three- Promises”

Chapter Two – Unplug

Three solemn faces welcomed us to the kitchen. True; the family had actually waited for us, but their faces were ashen, and their shoulders were hunched. I’m sure at least one of them was silently kicking themselves for not running off into the night. Being this close to the Underbelly, this family was lucky; theyContinue reading “Chapter Two – Unplug”

Apology Cake

Honk! Hooooooonnnnnnk! “What kind of moron slams on their brakes because of a few raindrops?” I scream, despite being entirely aware that the moron? He can’t hear me. “Idiot!” Personally, I’m glad for the rain. The angry thrumming along the windshield and roof of the car quell some of the voices in my head. OfContinue reading “Apology Cake”

Chapter One – Retrieval

Just stick to the plan. Stick to the freaking plan. Despite best efforts, my hands clenched into anxious fists when dangling at my sides. So? I jammed them into the pockets of my fitted blue sweater instead. Don’t think. Don’t think. Don’t. Freaking. Think. Lights began to flicker on in store windows to my leftContinue reading “Chapter One – Retrieval”

Viral Secrets

“Take it. Would you just freaking take it?!”  “Jesus!” I slapped her hand away. “What’s your problem? You forget to take your meds or something?”  “Look; this isn’t funny Jesse. I’m not kidding. They’re after me!”  “Who?”  “God!” Don’t you listen?!” Sam shifted in her seat, crazy eyes darting every which way. She paused onlyContinue reading “Viral Secrets”

Prologue – Celebrating Stars

“Look, look, look!” My finger swept along the ever-expanding canvas of the nighttime sky as I turned to meet his familiar smile. “Did you see it? Did ya?” The brisk air clung to our breath and colored the tips of our noses.         “Hm-hmm.” He agreed though he remained motionless on his side.  “Colton! You weren’tContinue reading “Prologue – Celebrating Stars”

Colors Don’t Lie

No. Come on. This can’t be it, man. Not like this. Not like this. Six, just six minutes ago, I was sittin’ in my car ‘n everything was fine. I was safe, and didn’t have no bullets piercin’ my body. I mean, yeah, ok. I’m man enough to admit I was nervous as hell. TheContinue reading “Colors Don’t Lie”