story about meeting parents

Peace in Love

This was a submission to Boxing with Pencils  — a challenge that requires all stories to be 100 words or less while including 3 specific words. Here I explored the anxiety and love that lives in the holidays. This week’s words:  Nitwit, Blubber, Tweak   Carla exhaled slowly, screwing the lid back on the jar of blubber. Her shoulders tight with worry. ‘I tweaked the recipe so many times…’ she reminded herself. Jackie’s warm arms wrapped around her waist from behind. A happy whisper in her ear, “It looks amazing, love.” Carla leaned back, letting Jackie hold some of her Read more…

Sunrise in the City

Taking a moment to breathe doesn’t stop the world from crumbling. But, it can make it easier to pick up the pieces. Inspired by Boxing with Pencils: a challenge that requires all stories to be 100 words or less while including 3 specific words.  This week’s randomly generated words:  Pigeon, Accountant, Trolley Zane slammed the window open and stared at the pale sky. Pigeons cooed softly nearby. He pinched his nose between his fingers and sighed– firmly turned away from the desk strewn with his accountant’s notes and the mass of red numbers. A blast of icy air made his Read more…

Connection Across the Night Sky-- a View of the Milkyway

A Moment of Connection

Connection isn’t something that’s tangible– that doesn’t mean it’s less real. What if the person you miss most is thinking about you too… Inspired by Boxing with Pencils: a challenge that requires all stories to be 100 words or less while including 3 specific words.  This week’s randomly generated words:  Telescope, Tablet, Dove Claire drummed her notes into the tablet: “Sighted at 23:49 Jan 15, 2301.” Her eye stayed glued to the telescope as she watched a single white streak fly across her vision. Fingers stilled. Breath paused. Claire whispered, “Jessie….” Her heart thudded in her ears– the only sound Read more…

Tradition Takes on a New Meaning

Preserving Tradition

Families preserve the weirdest traditions. But, in this flash fiction, preserving tradition takes on a whole new meaning. This was submitted to Boxing with Pencils  — a challenge that requires all stories to be 100 words or less while including 3 specific words.  This week’s words:  Pickles, Family, Carnation The sharp smell of vinegar stung as Carol poured the brine into the pickling jars. Dozens of them stretched across her counter in neat rows– just like family tradition dictated.  Her heart swelled. ‘Mom would have been proud.’ She thought. With a clank, Carol set the pot down on the stove Read more…