war planes in the sky.  too many bunched together, helicopters too.  there is a collision.  a helicopter crashes into a neighbor’s home.  my dad rushes up to rescue the pilot and start first aid.  the planes clear out but another craft floats by soundlessly.  an alien craft.  diamonds of wavy stained glass in vibrant colors, […]

i have messages from mo and oona.  they want me to schedule dinners with them when i arrive back in oxford.  at first i’m excited and trying to figure out which day of the week works best.  a man comes delivering newspapers and i see him through the frosted glass of my front door while […]

sitting on a couch at a low-key party.  facing a tv with a staircase to our right.  the woman next to me explains that she and her husband had another person in their relationship for a while but it didn’t work out.  her husband nods and says that he was fine with having another person […]

ann is showing me the wedding invitations.  she wants to make sure they are alright.  they are so very ugly.  pads of thin yellow and pink ruled paper, like those that came in cheap 80’s notebook sets, cut into cutesie shapes that unfold like paper dolls.  the paper is so thin the ink from the […]

working at a hospital.  there is a large 13 year old girl giving the nurses a hard time.  they are tying to be patient but they can’t get past their own assumption that this is some ghetto girl who will never learn.  i visit her and i see that her eyes are dry.  she looks […]

With Mo at the top of a high hill or low mountain.  they tell us the roads might be washed out.  we should wait to leave. but we go anyway because Mo (who becomes Audra) has to pick up her little brother. she promised. so we find a good strong slab of stone to use […]