Stories tagged “FRIENDSHIP”

  • Worth It?

    I drove 3 hours to find your boat pushing barges up the mighty Mississippi. You were not supposed to be on your phone, but you coordinated with me your location so I could stand on the bridge and wave.

    The moment you passed, I smiled and waved like a mad…

    Posted 34 hours ago
  • Cost of Friendship

    She cried silently on the video chat, tears running down, sniffles, and gasps for air. "I... n..know. I can... do this."

    "Listen, it's not personal. It's just that the last time this happened to me, I lost a friend. We used to be close and then it ended. …

    Posted 2 days ago
  • Not Distraught This Time

    I'm on the outside looking in. I see you inside, laughing, joy written on your face. The door is locked, but sometimes I can hear what you say inside.

    This time, I'm not distraught. I'm not frantically beating on the walls to be let in. I'm not crying oc…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Text Trust Issues

    "I have a hard time trusting people. I just don't want to jump unless someone's there to catch me," I texted.

    I waited, the confession making my palms sweat. My phone did not slip from my hands, however. I watched the text box for a response. My heart cr…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Dreams into Nightmares

    Everett called at the door, "Hey, you guys having a party in there?"

    Sasha wiped her tears and checked her face in the mirror.

    "Just a minute!" Natalie called out.

    Some lady pushed her way in, looking perturbed. Natalie shoved Sasha out of the bathroo…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • More Than She Could Take

    The three of them had been chatting over drinks at a table in a hotel lounge bar. Everett kept sharing what his girl was messaging him as it happened. Then she facetimed him. Sasha excused herself and headed towards the ladies room. Natalie watched her, c…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Weight of One

    There's something broken inside. It rattles with every breath. It weighs down my lungs, curving my spine and slumping my shoulders. My heart works harder than it should, slightly panicked at the change inside. It knows that something is wrong and it can't…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Wine and Memories

    "I don't think you should be alone. You need to rest. Do you want to go to your sister's, your place, or mine?" I offered.

    He blinked at me, processing what I said at the same time as he was processing his emotions and the events that just unfolded.

    "I'…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • All About the Baby

    She explained how this pre-natal nurse had come to see her everyday in the hospital, since she refused to leave the babe and insisted on a private room. He was handsome and did everything he could to appease her. He wasn't supposed to keep helping the bab…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Names

    The houses here were like high rise apartments lining the steep walls of the caldera. The buildings in the bowl were community buildings. I took my friend to the hospital, on the trail of his wife and the baby she risked it all for.

    His name was Charlie.…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Processing

    Operations came in the night. They gathered up those who were gaining entry to the caldera and led us through the giant steel doors. The tunnel was dark and dimly lit by torches. The pair of uniformed men at the rear of the procession snuffed out the torc…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • My Marcy

    Marcy was dark. Not just dark, but a shade of black that was blacker than any shade of black that you could possibly dream up. She played bass guitar too. Well. Which was part of her charm. Part of the immense and dark charm that she had. She exuded it on…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Like Taurus

    "She'll call." My girlfriend patted my shoulder comfortingly.

    "No, she won't. She's stubborn like that; Taurus and all." I stared down at the blank screen of my cell phone.

    "Well if she doesn't, forget her."

    "Forget her!? She was the only person who di…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • A New Normal

    I was parked at the edge of the world. There was a hill at the very back of my parent's property that overlooked the neighbor's pasture filled with cows. It was a great place to stop and think. I had turned off the radio and watched the bovines graze. The…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • This Heart, My Home

    There's no place that can feel like home

    Without someone who's kind to you.

    Most any place, if I'm alone,

    Fills me with heartache ochre-blue.

    .

    The grandest palace, opulent

    With every comfort you could want;

    The cozy cottage; finest tent

    Without your love…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • The Quiet Ones

    You knew each other in school, you were neighbors, but it wasn’t until years later that you become friends. You would meet, make each other laugh, have fun. You needed that in your life; there wasn’t anyone else you could hang out with.

    But suddenly he…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • The End of the World

    NASA has predicted that in 15 minutes, the sun will have reached the red giant stage. While temps have already forced all humans underground for centuries, in this stage, the Earth will change orbit even more than it has in the last 100 years, and all li…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • The Beast At the Clubhouse

    We built a clubhouse way back where our two properties meet, sheltered in the woods. It was a our own safe house, a place of love, friendship, and laughter.

    Soon after it was built, the thrill of a new getaway began to wear off. We'd named it, made signs…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Goodbye, Valerie

    The party was for Valerie. She was departing for warmer weather. It made sense. Despite being a programmer and board gamer, she loved to surf.

    Me? I was a quintessential nerd and living proof that making a girl laugh, doesn't mean she will be attracted t…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Hearts' Mending (4)

    But graduation seemed a new beginning:

    A different major to enrich my mind,

    Fresh challenges and contests for the winning,

    A one-bedroom apartment (hard to find).

    -

    Ah! Living on my own, my shy moon waxed,

    While self-esteem soon waned, a fleeting dream.

    W…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Hearts' Mending (3)

    It hasn't been so easy, shifting from

    Our college days, our ev'ry hour together,

    And sharing all our thoughts; to then become

    A lone alumnus, sister without brother

    -

    Like Wordsworth, stranded in a city German,

    I was adrift, in hostile land, alone.

    Beset …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Hearts' Mending (2)

    There's no one else who's helped me know my self,

    My heart, without dissembling or disguise.

    You showed me how; I put fears on the shelf,

    And viewed myself with sympathetic eyes.

    -

    That was a boon beyond all former gifts!

    I'd never guessed that I'd had …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Hearts' Mending (1)

    I'd like to call and ask if you'd stop by.

    It's been too long! We really should catch up,

    But ev'ry time we visit, I get shy;

    I'd like to change that. Come, and fill a cup.

    -

    Whenever we're together, it's the same:

    It seems no time has passed. Our friends…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • The Rocking Chair

    People think that all ghosts are bad, but they are wrong.

    Growing up, I lived in an apartment next to an old woman named Miss Betty. She kept a rocking chair on the stoop and on warm evenings I would sit outside with her and play checkers. She smoked h…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • NaPo Day 19

    Is there someone who can teach me

    How to make and keep a friend?

    For it feels as though my every start

    Too quickly meets its end.

    My head tells me it’s all my fault:

    All my ways just seem so strange.

    I’m too quick to love kind people;

    My age falls outsid…

    Posted 3 years ago