The Choker

The Choker

Even as a toddler Geneviéve had admired that ruby when it hung from her grandmother’s neck; indeed, the whole choker made her feel bewitched and her favorite moments growing up were when her grandmére allowed her to handle, ever so gently, the things in her jewelry case – – except that the choker, with its already-dulling satin finish, could not be touched. But then Grandmére gave the choker to Geneviéve for her 16th birthday, from which time it sat in her own jewelry box until she was – – as her mother so irritatingly put it – – old enough to be responsible for the stir she would cause by wearing it.

When Dolphins Ruled

When Dolphins Ruled

The dolphins thrived and were deeply respected – – held in awe, even, by the other creatures of the briny deep. From ctenophore jellies to blue tangs, from purple spotted octopi to moray eels, from black-tipped reef sharks to harlequin nudibranchs, there was not a soul among the whole world’s oceans who thought ill of the dolphins or their ability to create and maintain goodwill among all beings, to employ their souls’ music to educate and entertain, and to hold in their gorgeous minds the maps of the world’s contours. The dolphins ruled in peace for more millennia than could be counted.

The Feather

The Feather

Every night Papa came home with his clothes, his hair, his fingernails, his lungs and his soul brimming over with grime and dust from the tin mine down the moor. Millie knew how to milk their only cow and Mama had shown her how to make the savory meat and vegetable pasties the miners took with them into the ground to keep their stomachs full from morning ‘til night. It was harder to know what to fix for him at suppertime, but every once in a while Mrs. Polcraft would stop in and show her something new in the kitchen, or a stitch she hadn’t yet learned with the needles.

The Hat

The Hat

“I know! But, I’m telling you, before the accident Heather and her daddy were always at sixes and sevens, but after how he pried her out before the car blew up, after that he could simply do no wrong. It’s true! Even when she made that loan so he could invest in Darren’s tech start-up and then it went belly-up and Ray couldn’t pay her back, she never said one negative word to him. And you know how she is about technology! Always going on about the latest, best thing! She had to be disappointed about that!”

Brothers By Choice

Brothers By Choice

Archie sat on the park bench, thinking about RP, about their years of friendship, about all the late nights and long weekends they’d spent together, drawing maps and scrutinizing budgets and leaning over engineering plans. He thought about how RP had, somehow, turned the kids who’d bullied Archie in grade school into their gang of best buddies in junior high. How in the world did he do that?