Now Is When

Now Is When

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

Bromides

Bromides

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

Lovers

Lovers

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

A Real Gem

A Real Gem

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

Golden Circle

Golden Circle

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

She and Her

She and Her

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

Gaps

Gaps

At some point, the light fades and all grows dark under the shadow of a larger, more significant, more powerful thing that steals and imbibes everything that once gave you life, meaning, purpose, a life worth living. When that point comes, no one can say, and no one can know. In fact, no one will even know that the shadow has been cast upon you, since the mind is an elusive place where creatures roam and beings taunt.  Read more

Nole

Nole

No one eats out anymore, or so they tell me. I mean, of course I understand the concept of eating out, but no, I have not experienced such a thing for myself. My mom tells me that it’s sort of like when we go to other people’s bases and eat food together, except that when you “eat out,” strangers make the food for you so no one has to cook or prepare anything. My dad says that the convenience really made or makes the whole system work, but that my mother’s cooking tasted, tastes, no tasted back on Earth, better. Read more