Sticky, the air congeals around them creating human bubble molds out of salted sweat. Despite the rushing wind of the oscillating fan, the thickness of the heat cements them to the warm floor. Even under the shade of night, the room refuses to cool; relief eludes. The only room in the entire boarding house with AC only makes matters worse, for eventually, they must exit the room-not-theirs and return to the swampy misery of their own AC-less room. Also, the house mother charges extra for AC use. Read more
They knew it was a lie, the story they told to the general public about their … gift, as it were. No one wants to believe that “others” walk among them, especially not humans in this day in age. They both agree that earlier man, any pre-industrial-revolution time, was far more open-minded, generally accepting of the possibility, the fantasy that other-types of beings, god-like creatures—always depicted in human form, oddly enough—walked and lived in their company. Read more
With a searing headache and nauseating murmurs from a stomach filled with sloshing clementine and hot coffee acids, she wills herself to remain conscious. Whether or not she wants to matters not in this moment. Luckily, she thinks to herself, the pain has subsided. When it will return, she cannot know for sure, but she can get close to such knowledge. She takes a glance at the timer, approximately three hours of the semblance of bliss lie ahead of her. Read more
I had to interact with a freshly-minted, twenty-something, and honestly, it was one of the worst experiences of my life. The interaction was simple enough, nothing horrible happened, but the sheer ineptitude of this person greatly impressed me. The day started like any other day. We all arrived at the office and got to work. Within an hour or so, the twenty-something—we’ll just call her TS—came up to me and asked if I could help her with something. Read more
The biggest, most obvious problem with the Golden Rule lies in the problematic assumption that everyone wants the same thing that you do. Only a truly selfish person would think this way, and yet, this is exactly the way in which we ingrain children with selfish, self-centered thinking, and then we simultaneously wonder why a child, now grown, acts selfishly. To “treat others the way that you want to be treated,” says or validates you and your desires above all others. Read more
There once lived a bromide named Salai.
She looks happy today. Content. I can’t reconcile her desire to wear such an unflattering type of pant with the general appeal of her overall body. She’s too short for them. Or maybe, she’s too tall? I don’t really know. Obviously, I care, though. No, I don’t really care. Where is she off to, today? In only the outfit and no extra layers, my guess is that she’s only running out to pick up something quick. Maybe a snack. Maybe lunch? It’s too early for lunch. Oh, her backpack, the tiny fucking thing. Where is she going? No, no, no! Your phone’s still plugged in! Read more