it’s the 19th century.  in our heavy cotton white night gowns i check my sister’s hair and see bugs in it.  if her hair has bugs, then mine does too.  i put her to bed and go look at myself in the mirror.  the lantern behind me makes the mirror dark.  i’m not at all […]

in a classroom loft.  i’m 14 or 15, stuck in some kind of mystery school detention center.  i put my money down carefully on the desk but the bills are picked up by a draft and go over the edge.  I stare down and see that they made it outside and landed next to the […]

They tell me Alenia is dead.  That she killed herself.  I don’t believe them.  No way. And how would they even know? So I call her.  She answers. I knew I was right.  I tell her that people are saying she’s dead and she tells me it’s true.  No.  No you can’t be.  That’s crazy, […]

sitting on the floor and talking to Mo on the phone.  She tells me, “Promise you won’t use Chaos Magic. You can’t. It’s too risky.  If he takes advantage of it, he’ll use it against you.  Don’t use it. Not even a little of it!” I’ve got my dog in a shoebox I painted black […]