Paper Airplanes

Paper Airplanes: A short story

It’s not a measured strategy, my confession to Angelo in the hallway, class still in session.

            Inside is chaos: fifteen-year-olds gleeful at their newfound freedoms, thinking they are the shit, but with no understanding that they are merely sacks of hormonal electricity whose brains haven’t developed enough to control their behavior.

            Outside, however, in the hall, sequestered and alone, Angelo listens.

To read the rest of this story, head over to Stoneboat Literary Journal.

My story, The Visitor, is in the current issue of American Literary Review.

The Visitor: A short story

It is two o’clock and Merche knows that her husband and son are at home, waiting for lunch.

She puts the remaining fish—two slippery eels; three flounder; and half a salmon, its flesh plump like a toddler’s—into the refrigerator. As she shuts the door and unties her apron, a woman approaches and asks if she has any sardines. She’d put them aside for the stray cats because they were two days old already, but she says yes, there are seven left.

The woman speaks with a languid South American accent, dropping S’s from the ends of words as if they were too much to ask of her. She wears a coat made of canvas and several silver rings with colored stones. Merche puts the sardines onto a hanging scale. Almost a kilo. She pushes the scale with her finger as she turns the dial to face her and gets them to weigh just over. She tells the woman the price as though she were giving a discount.

“Four euros is fine,” she says. “Está bien.”

To read more, visit ALR’s site.

My short story, The Trajectory of a Random Camaro, can be found in the Jabberwock review.

Trajectory of a Random Camaro: A short story

Stella would still be alive if not for the crazy confluence of factors that, when one considered the probabilities, one-in-a-million, one-in-a-billion, made it seem like the work of some all-knowing orchestrator. 

Stella’s husband Hank had cut down the dogwood just two weeks prior. Had the tree been there, it might have blocked the Camaro. Stella had been in a chair in the southwest corner of the sunroom and had dozed off while reading. If her head had slumped to the other side of the armchair, she might have survived. 

And there was the fence. Hank had started to rebuild it, as it had been assaulted in slow motion by creeping ivy over the years. So there was a part missing, big enough for a car. The tree. The fence. Either one would’ve slowed or altered the Camaro’s trajectory, kept it from hurtling across the yard, over the dogwood stump—orange mole on the skin of perfect green lawn—and through the flimsy wall and windows next to which Stella slept with a book sprawled across her lap.

You can read the rest of the story in the latest issue of the Jabberwock Review.