Tongue Tied

"Cat got your tongue," Carolyn said with a chuckle. Meike shook her head. She got that a lot and had long grown to ignore it. It was the only response she had for quips such as "You don't talk much do you," or the ever fatal "You're a quiet one, huh". Today was one of…

Grandma Knows Best

Boys. The schoolyard was thick with boys. A few curious girls were scattered near the fringes of the mob, quietly chattering among themselves. Occasionally they glanced towards Maximus, but only a few were bold enough to point and giggle. Not that it mattered, anyway; he worried less about the girls and more about the boys.…

The Hardest Questions

“Mom, why don’t I have a dad?” There it was, the one question many single parents dreaded hearing. For Yaela, this came at the worse time possible. Fortunately, she caught herself before the knife could amputate her fingertip. A red deeper than the brilliant mane trailing down her back dripped from her finger. She tucked…