Mar 05, 2022

The Unwanted

I was born of two cataclysmically broken people. My mother moon, full of craters. My father with his blood-shot eyes, ruled by Mars. Like all those born of broken people, I became a mosaic of those around me, little pieces left behind that they didn't want. I became a collection of The Unwanted.When you're raised in Foster Care, you get used to the idea that you are not a real person with a nuclear family. You are fragmented pieces of a dead star. You aren't whole enough to keep... more

Jan 08, 2022

Casualties of Mansplaining

Huge shout out to supporter DantonSix for their prompt, and my apologies for the delay. This was a fun one! Comments are more than welcome, as always:Another shift guarding the restaurant with Binny meant inevitable invasive dating questions. Under the beating desert sun, Liv wasn't sure she had the energy to fend them off with vague responses, even with her thick black hair tied in a knot on her head and clothed in the lightest garb she had, a black tank and cargo pants. She didn't... more

Jan 01, 2022

2021 in a nutshell, and 2022 moving forward

Last year - it's so odd saying that, when 2021 was literally yesterday - was another dive into a Dark Night of the Soul for me. I learned that as satisfying as it was to be blunt and defensive, to hurt the feelings of those with ill intentions, it's short lived. I also learned that not everyone close to you has your best interest at heart, some of the people you feel close to are rooting for your downfall as long as it means they're a step above you.But one of the greatest... more

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Oct 21, 2021

Reflecting

I miss the flutterThe first feelings of loveLike waking upI miss the rush from new lipsPressed nervouslyWanting more but holding backI don't miss the chainsThe loss of freedomCuts and bruises from handsMolding me into a caricature Barely resembling meI miss the startBut every start has a finish

Oct 09, 2021

Chapter Three: Fanning the Flame

The sound of receipt paper printing, the hose in the dish pit, and the fryer alarms going off were drowned out by Kendra explaining in a bored tone how to navigate the ancient computer program. Apparently, basic hygiene and food handling were skills not everyone possessed."You're going to click this doo-dad, and then it'll take you…" Her voice trailed off, eyes locked on the screen as an arrow in the center spun in a circle. Finally, the browser loaded, and she... more

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Sep 25, 2021

Chapter Two: From Mundane to Monotonous

Ari's head whirred with questions during that night, but she stifled all of them and allowed the human, who hadn't offered his own name, to give her what information he could on this job. He gave her an address to meet with his boss the next day, cautioning her to be discreet.Knowing exactly what that meant, she scavenged her wardrobe and wig collection for the most ordinary disguise she could come up with – a challenging task in a city where everyone looked wildly diverse.... more

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