“Beth, that was foolish, love,” Peter said. His hands gripped her waist tightly, and she allowed him to guide her back into the carriage safely. “I was fine,” she said. “Look.” She showed him her prize, a freshly picked red apple, still wet with dew from the branches of the trees outside. Peter […]
I’m driving. The rain is pounding out of a black sky, hard as stones. It’s spattering on the hood, and I’m driving. All-but invisible, wisps of steam rise where the cold droplets meet the transferred heat of the engine. I hit the lip of the bridge. A sign urges GO SLOW The road curves right. […]
“I told you we should’ve gotten the other one,” she whispered in the dark, her voice sharp and flat. “What’s the point in saving, like what, 200 pounds, when we end up having to spend the entire holiday with this shit?” He said nothing. In the silence, he could hear the kids breathe dreamily on […]
Lizzie Barrett lost her mother when she was only sixteen. Or at least that was the way everyone told it to each other. “Poor girl,” Lizzie overheard Sister Patricia whisper to Mother Superior Catherine Boyle as she sat crying outside the principal’s office, waiting for her father to pick her up. “To lose her mother […]
“I killed a man, Father. I killed him and I chopped him up.” It was the first, and last, time Jack had asked to speak to the prison chaplain. In a minimum security facility like this one, not many inmates requested to speak to the chaplain. Except maybe for the ones who were religious before […]
She pours you a glass of red wine and tells you her sister just died. You’re surprised, shocked, you ask her how? Hit by a car, she says as she puts on some music. Just like that. Walking to a job interview, wearing her favorite strappy shoes coming out of her little apartment. They were […]
Born in 1976 in Amman Jordan, Wedad Alnasser graduated in 2001 from Applied Sciences University with a degree in Law, going on to earn a higher diploma in Public Law from Amman Arab University for Graduate Studies in 2006. After years studying and practicing law, Al Nasser was inspired to take up art, and painting became her salvation and joy.