Short Stories

The Polisher

(4,749 words)
Published in The MacGuffin (2011)

“There is a man who takes other people’s worlds and improves them. He doesn’t make them more alluring or thrilling. He doesn’t make them more meaningful or inspired. He simply improves the way in which the universe appears; showing a new side of the oxidized lamppost, the growing crack in the sidewalk or the rickety fire-escape. Only, nobody can be certain that he actually exists.”

Five O’Clock Rush

(4,935 words)
Published in New Plains Review (2012)

“One thing I’ve noticed throughout my life is that Fridays never really change. Even in a marketing firm as reputable as the one that employed me, the impending freedom acts like a drug, overtaking normal sensibilities. My co-workers glance at their watches every few minutes, doing their best adolescent imitations. It becomes impossible to cover up the desire to escape into a world where they have nobody to answer to but themselves. Their movements become more spastic, losing all sense of rhythm in their desperation; their legs twitch, fingers drum and tongues click inside their mouths.”

Like a Howling Wind

(2,827 words)

Ashley Taylor still hears her father’s voice in the house he built for her and her mother before she passed away. As the years have gone on, the voice has begun to fade underneath the anger and tears, causing her to wonder if she can survive when the voice disappears for good.

Centaur Sighting

(5,062 words)

Frederick Buckley disappeared just days after telling family members of his discovery just outside his new Wyoming home. Piecing together interviews from various friends, family members, and co-workers a journalist tries to uncover the truth behind the world’s third centaur sighting.

Chocolates

(4,407 words)

When a husband tries to surprise his wife on the morning of an unfortunate anniversary, he unwittingly risks their entire future together.

Coming and Going Through the Sliding Glass Door

(5,135 words)

Daniel Summers’ life is not turning out at all the way that he expected, and when he is forced to chaperoning his younger sister’s holiday party he sees an opportunity to boost the sense of self-worth he recently lost.

His Favorite Recliner

(4,682 words)

When work costs Officer Tettleton his family life, he wanders the streets he’s tasked to protect, remembering the life he used to lead and trying to discover a way to alter the familiar course he’s heading down.

One Day in Two Worlds

(4,401 words)

As Luisa watches horrifying events taking place in her city, she’s reminded of a similarly earth-shattering moment that occurred in her childhood.

Pride is Bullshit

(5,410 words)

Returning home after his mother’s death, Tyler Matthews finds himself spending the weekend with friends from a life he left long ago that might not have been as far behind him as he thought.

Sealed and Firmly Pressed

(5,976 words)

When a letter arrives, reminding James Mitchell of a woman from his past, he’s forced to questions whether he ever actually moved on.

MARGE

(3,833 words)

Uprooted after a recent break-up, Jacob Grimalski stumbles onto a support group for recently single men with nowhere to turn and finds an unconventional ally who might be able to help him find his footing in the unfamiliar city.

The Lies That Bind Us

(5,018 words)

Lauren loves her husband, has her dream job as a physician, and enjoys a comfortable lifestyle. Everything in her life is exactly as she planned it when she was younger, despite her husband’s diagnosis as a pathological liar. When a new patient arrives overnight, she begins to questions whether one flaw might ruin her entire dream.

Lauren loves her husband, has her dream job as a physician, and enjoys a comfortable lifestyle. Everything in her life is exactly as she planned it when she was younger, despite her husband’s diagnosis as a pathological liar. When a new patient arrives overnight, she begins to questions whether one flaw might ruin her entire dream.

Lauren loves her husband, has her dream job as a physician, and enjoys a comfortable lifestyle. Everything in her life is exactly as she planned it when she was younger, despite her husband’s diagnosis as a pathological liar. When a new patient arrives overnight, she begins to questions whether one flaw might ruin her entire dream.

Turn the Pillow Over

(4,749 words)

When Bobby’s brother takes a job at the local morgue instead of going to college, it stirs up reside from their family’s past that makes Bobby question life, death, his future, and the stability of those closest to him. When Bobby’s brother takes a job at the local morgue instead of going to college, it stirs up reside from their family’s past that makes Bobby question life, death, his future, and the stability of those closest to him. When Bobby’s brother takes a job at the local morgue instead of going to college, it stirs up reside from their family’s past that makes Bobby question life, death, his future, and the stability of those closest to him.