Stories

“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”

Flannery O’Connor

Opacity: Part Two

Opacity: Part Two

T.W. Emotional and sexual abuse **Click here to read Part 1** “Yes, I’m sorry, I was trying to figure that out, princess. If I could turn down the light maybe I’d be able to see you.” She took her hands and steadied their frantic dance by using them to lock his face...
Opacity: Part One

Opacity: Part One

T.W. Emotional and sexual abuse   When it happened for the first time, they had been seeing each other for three months. It was so faint at the beginning that she hardly noticed. It was just a fuzziness—distinctly not a glow. More like smog touching the edges of her...
The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 5

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 5

***Read Part 1 ***Read Part 2 ***Read Part 3 ***Read Part 4   Part 5: Bounty The steamboat adjusted coarse and moved through the waves towards the torches. I could feel the boat strain under the weight of the attached leviathan. The creature seemed to have temporarily...
The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 4

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 4

***Read Part 1 ***Read Part 2 ***Read Part 3   Part 4: A Dark Blip When we reemerged from the barn, a man in an unkempt gray beard greeted us. He wore an old sailor’s cap and had a dark blue raincoat that was flailing violently. I looked up to the dark gray sky and...
The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 3

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 3

***Read Part 1 ***Read Part 2   Part 3: Sassafras Fritz spoke not. Conrad rushed to the front, much more hurriedly than I had previously seen him. “Greetings officer,” Conrad said, tipping his hat. “The name’s James Connolly, Reverend James Connolly.” “I see…What’s...
The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 2

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 2

***Read Part 1 Part 2: Demon of the Deep “Why, on the contrary, you’re just in time,” said Conrad, tipping his hat. He clearly recognized Spellman’s dominant aura. “I was just informing these fine gents here about the opportunity of a lifetime.” “No. I’m afraid not,”...