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I’m sitting on the beach with a bottle of Corona

My heart pounds on my chest and I’m in a constant state of shock. I’ve never been prouder of any child. I’ve never been this relieved to have a daughter. This motherfucker is on...

Ford put the car in gear

He hit the steering wheel a few times with his left hand. He wished he’d put on his right hand. That would make the work a little easier. He hated waving his arms around,...

Beth stood on the beach, gazing out over the vast expanse of sea that lay before her

As she drew closer she could see the line of a river bisecting the beach into seemingly endless rows of stone-faced rock that looked like they were relics of a prehistoric civilization that had...

It’s been a year and a half since I last saw my dad, he’s been sick for a year and a half now and...

In 2004 my father had to retire due to a stroke and since then he has been living with my mom in their home and he doesn’t get around and he was never homesick...

Tommy lay back on his bed, his arms folded across his chest

"Tommy! Wake up!" "What?" he grumbled. He opened his eyes to see a pretty girl. She had long, blond hair. She was wearing a white sleeveless top with the outline of a heart on...

In our series of letters from African-American journalists, novelist and writer Paula Hawkins reflects on her journey to identification as she writes about her...

"We hear your poor Rick,” they say. "We see your poor Rick.” I love how you describe it. “We see your poor Rick,” doesn’t it sound a little like you’re inviting him to kill...

“Angie,” I said, “what’s the deal with going to the hotel on a night-only basis?

“Just wondering. You know I’m trying to watch my weight when we go on a one-night-only basis. I don’t eat while I’m on duty. It messes with my metabolism.” “No,” I said, thinking that...

“It’s real, Declan

He didn't smile. "Real. It's real, but there's a bunch of people who would kill us if they saw us now." He slammed my gear on the ground with his foot, and showed me...

John Paul stood up from his seat and looked up at the sky

John Paul opened his eyes and stared at the ground where the plane was sticking its tail. He then looked up at the sky. After a period of silence, he turned his head towards...

Savannah’s plan to spend the night with Beau every night this week had come to an end

Somewhere between her truck and the front porch, Sav let out a whistle of surprise, realizing Beau was home. Maybe he was a little late coming home again already, because he’d stopped by the...

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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...
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