Stories tagged “CHILD”

  • Perri Paulina Pint-sized Pirate

    I stood squinting up at the main mast. It was clear sailing and I saw Lookout Lenny in the galley. That meant the crow's nest was empty. I checked over my shoulders and gripped the shroud. I always wanted to do this. The crew did it all the time.

    I eased…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Cliff Diving

    The trail here narrowed and dropped steeply down; one side a sheer cliff cut by the rapids and the other side a wall of rock. The base of the trail widened and flattened beside an old, sturdy pin oak tree.

    From here I watched a family carefully pick thei…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Silence . . . Grows

    Dinner was terse.

    Another Tuesday night, another dinner hosted by my parents. Generally, I looked forward to our Tuesday nights. My parents were both good cooks. I loved both of them, though it took me a long time to grow up and appreciate them.

    Financi…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • No Second Chance

    For weeks, the nightmare has been the same. The way the child's head snapped back, the scream of the mother as she cradled the lifeless form. For days I didn't even know if it was a boy or girl.

    The officer's gun. It was an impulse move. I saw my torment…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?

    "Excuse me, little boy." Tommy jumped at the sound. He thought he was alone in the backyard. He turned around, seeing a large, heavy set old man behind him. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to frighten you," the old man said, smiling.

    Tommy looked over his shou…

    Posted 5 years ago