Coming of Age

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Beth stood atop the headland, watching the waves crash gently onto the ocean, feeling suddenly as if she was being pulled away from herself,...

Yet as she gazed out into an ocean that seemed to beckon as an unknown singer sang a song of longing, Beth felt suddenly as if she had been the one to place the...

A nightmare every night meant she should have been sent to a nightmare-free state so she could continue her studies

She was 16, a kid from a family with four kids, three girls and one boy, and she had been kicked out of every place but one. She had been kicked out of the...

Beth felt as though she had stepped into an alternate reality

Even her own house felt more like an alien construct. Its wood siding was dark and coarse, its windows dark and small. Its shutters and door, the shelves of books and the walls of...

Dorothy took the plate of food out of her hand and threw it across the room

Staring back at her, the man’s lip trembled and he muttered, “How long will you play that stupid girl for, anyway?” As Dorothy stepped back, he flung the plate of food across the room,...

“I don’t know who I am

He felt...sick. "What...wrong with you?" The dog's eyes went on watch him, its tail wagging. "Where...can I go? And who...are you?" The dog was silent and just kept on watching. "I don't understand." The...

The first time I saw her was in the bathroom

I went to the bathroom to piss but before I turned on the tap, I saw her sitting in the corner, leaning towards me. Her eyes shone, like a flame. I didn’t know what...

It was the end of the day, and they were about to go out for the last time this year

Mummy turned to the girls. “You’ve got that long drive ahead of you, so now let’s head out, shall we? I want you to have all the fun that you can in the car.”...

I’m sitting in my room with my brother and sister-in-law when I hear one of my parents say something that makes me cry

I can’t remember which one it was. “I miss you.” I whisper to myself. My mom says I cry over nothing. It’s not true. I do cry over the things I miss. “The smell...

My mother’s first sister was called Auntie Annie

Auntie Annie was the first of our maternal uncles and, as I like to tell you, she was my first aunt. She married my father, my mother’s brother, and she had three children with...

The last thing she heard as she was pushed through the door onto the porch was his voice, “Go downstairs and get that trash

But Dorothy didn’t move. And just then O’Hara stopped his tirade when he saw Dorothy. His eyes widened, his mouth dropped open. “I see you,” he said to Dorothy as if she had never...

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Tommy’s mission was to escape from the waking world

He needed to figure out a way to get back to his own body, so that he could complete his mission without having to go through the motions of a waking life. There was...

Beth stood atop the headland, watching the waves crash gently onto the ocean, feeling suddenly as if she was being pulled away from herself,...

Yet as she gazed out into an ocean that seemed to beckon as an unknown singer sang a song of longing, Beth felt suddenly as if she had been the one to place the...

The green eyes looked at Danielle, and then at the knight

“Sorry,” Danielle said, as she saw the last of the needles float out of sight, and the wall in front of the knight collapsed. She looked back down at the green eyes. “Is it...