Clinical

I’m with a friend who needs medical attention. As we make our way towards the clinic I notice a small black dot near my right thumb. After staring at it for a few moments I realize the dot is a tiny spider but before I can make my move, it crawls through my thumbnail underneath…

MAN

One month away and you can begin to forget. Complementary forces push and pull you towards a new home, a two-pronged campaign that buoys the present and sinks the past; the new smallness forges community, you were caught up in the large and diverse yet still esoteric bubble that, in self-proclaiming its role as center…

Warmth

With uncharacteristic temerity and characteristic self-absorption, I once asked a friend to tell me what my greatest weakness was. After I withstood her initial deflections and evasive maneuvers, she finally told me that I had “a lack of empathy”. It wasn’t much to work with – she wouldn’t or couldn’t elaborate, and I wouldn’t or couldn’t…

Anamnesis

When he saw the little girl on the red bicycle making her way along the sidewalk, he tried to recall her name. She looked like his next-door neighbor’s daughter who’d had the same name as that actor from that animated movie that was being lauded by critics online. It was a unisex name…could it have…

Good Things

Mark sat on the bench – one of those seats normally blocked by the concession carts – staring at the southwest entrance of the park. It was a brisk Monday morning in the middle of February and, though it was bit too cold to be sitting still, it was unusually warm for the season and…

Write-it, do it!

Important lessons in time management and hard work were lost on me at the 2006 Middle School Science Olympiads. I was an ambivalent eighth grader who’d joined the team less for glory and more to join my friends, which I was apparently and fortunately qualified to do. Each weekly meeting consisted of a short learning…

Mix n’ Match

Note: One or more of the characters described in the story exhibits or possesses one or more of the attributes in the list. The list is non-exhaustive – items can appear more than once or not at all. The List: Biological Woman Biological Man 26 years old 23 years old Queer Sibling A recently filled…

Three Very Brief Recollections from over a Decade Ago

III. Per a friend’s recommendation he wrote a note to his crush detailing some facts about himself that he thought she’d find interesting (if not endearing). It didn’t matter that words had literally not been spoken between them, he opened strong and shared his interest in inky gel-based pens, the piano, “and herself.” Several more…

A Number

I decided to name the man who muttered numbers Chuck because of the navy-blue Chuck Taylors he wore every morning on the subway. Before that, and before he was the man who muttered numbers, he was just another passenger, a detached presence with whom I’d share space for a time on my morning commute. It…

Pomp and Circumstance

When Noah Travast stepped onto the platform laid out on the football field of Ellis Valley High School, it was with little surprise that he did not find his older brother among the hundreds of onlookers sitting on the steel bleachers. Noah let the bitterness well up for a moment before taking a deep breath and stepping…

The Season’s Precipice

One of my favorite parts about going to school in upstate New York was getting to leave, every year, for Fall Break. During my tenure as a student, it had become an annual tradition: my friend and I would pack our bags (with far too many belongings for such a short trip), place them in…

Flashes

“I want to be struck by lightning.” Jane turned her head and watched the rain droplets slowly accumulate into tiny beads of water on the side of the sedan parked in the empty lot in front of the grocery store. Occasionally the beads would grow bold enough to ignore the steady drizzle of their origin…