A Lion’s Love

By Kaitlynn McShea When Laura Henderson was eleven, her father came home with a lion. It was a California summer day, and blistering, stunning heat filtered through the front door. Laura remembered it being out of character for him: he never came in through the front door, he never came home before nine, and heContinue reading “A Lion’s Love”

Surfcasters

By Adele O’Grady Botticelli The SUV skidded on the sand, sprinkled like flour on a baker’s board along the tar road, as Jack braked to a stop in front of the grey shingled, rusty-red trimmed gate house. The July sun beat down on his truck as he leaned over to address the woman ranger, sittingContinue reading “Surfcasters”

A Lilac Year

By Christie Cochrell It was a lilac year, their last year of high school, the year Rosa’s mother was dying.  All that spring Franny felt lost, left out, unable to get close to Rosa, her oldest and dearest friend.  Worse still, she felt resentful too, for all the losses of things slipping past while herContinue reading “A Lilac Year”

A Child’s Revenge

By Kaitlynn McShea Sara-Jane’s earliest memories comprised of long, stuffy summers at her grandmother’s house. Lights off, windows open. The front door was perpetually left ajar—only the screen door saved them from a barrage of mosquitos and gnats. Its metal frame jostled with every footstep that traversed upon the wooden front porch. The people ofContinue reading “A Child’s Revenge”

Bluff

By Adele O’Grady Botticelli It was a matter of gravity. Once the bluff eroded, the grey shingled summer house, crowned with climbing New Dawn roses, would fall into the Atlantic Ocean. There was no question about it. The next nor’easter, the next winter winds pummeling the sandy shores of the little island, could tumble theContinue reading “Bluff”