Ashes fell from above. Armageddon had its way and then moved on just as quickly to turn something else into ruins.

Tide Goes In, Tide Goes Out

The waves rolled in and out, soothing the ear as they swept back and forth, like sand in a bottle falling from one end to the other. I looked up at Francesca. She had been holding my hand, guiding me across the coastline in silence for a long time. Was she quiet so she could better embrace the glory of the ocean? Or was she scared of being heard?

Love Among Thieves

Light blasted his body, silhouetting him from behind, dust hanging in the air. Each gesture sent the rays of light dancing behind him.

Sapphire into Emerald

A swarm of angry bees. Whirling like a hurricane. Buzzing, impossible to hear above the roar. They don’t understand. They weren’t there. They didn’t see him.


Her name was Julia. She had just graduated from high school. Her favorite movie was Juno. She liked playing soccer and tennis, and was going to school to become a something-or-other. She didn’t really know yet. Julia was the only person at the coffee shop that made Ariana feel like she belonged here.

Eye of the Hurricane

Surrounded by a vicious wind tearing apart the world around her, Rachel marched on through the onslaught, using every ounce of strength in her body to keep her feet firmly planted on the ground. She could see nothing around her but the dark, gray, foreboding wind.

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