A New Acquaintance

Not long after I moved to town, my car needed a service. I took a stroll down to the garage at the end of the street. It was a two door affair with a cracked office window. Both doors were up but only one of the bays was holding a vehicle. I stepped in through…

Cherish

  I stood at the window in the front room, looking across the street. Mrs. Pauley was standing on her front step, her chin in the air as she tried find the sweet spot to read the paper though her bifocals. She always looks funny when she does that, I thought, like she’s looking down…

Karma

Jason plopped onto the bus seat with a sigh, reached into his pocket and examined the heavy silver pen he'd found on the floor at closing time. Each evening he took a careful look around the tables and the reading areas. It was remarkable what the students left behind. People are so careless, he thought, and…

Rubicon

I'm moving out.” The boy said quietly, looking at no one in particular. The dinner table was usually a quiet place. His parents were as often as not engaged in silent combat and the kids would rush to finish eating and then get busy with the dishes before the storm broke. Now, almost everything stopped.…

Points of View

Scene: A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry... ------ John: “That lady made me think of Mom,” I tell Carla, “she was always knitting something for one…

Give and Take

“Remember this?” Becky broke the silence, holding up a photo. She had been sitting on the end of the couch, a box from the closet on her lap. I nodded, “Hubert's cottage. We rented it for the summer. Your mother and her friend Doris came along.” “Lois, not Doris,” she said. “Right, they stayed a…

The Camp

The Camp was located on a small parcel of land on the Ostrea Lake Road in Musquodoboit Harbour, a half hour’s drive from Dartmouth. It was owned by the parents of my closest friend and was their weekend cottage. From the time the first of us had a vehicle it become a regular summertime retreat. The…