Author Archives: sheisafiresign

The Swirls on Paper

He smudged the paper with his hand. The paint slipped outside the penciled line. He grunted, but kept going. Smudge again, another splash of color, another grunt. Outside the snow fell, deep, cold and unrelenting. The swish of the cars … Continue reading

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The Tirade

She was told she couldn’t fail. She had a mission to accomplish. But who was she, really? Continue reading

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Running Away

It seems like it happens every third day or so. Somehow, I come home, expecting to him waiting there, wagging his tail. Except, he’s not there. The doors are all locked. The windows, too. And I don’t have one of … Continue reading

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Laughter

It showed up the morning after a restless night. A little slice across the biggest toe, on both my child and me. I noticed mine when I took a shower, and I noticed his when I went to put on … Continue reading

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Like a glove

I was done rotting in the jail cell, or so they told me. I’d shown good behavior, but my time was up and the governor couldn’t think of a reason to pardon me. The list they handed me was on … Continue reading

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The Bear Who Followed

Deep in the forest, the bear slumbered. It was close to spring, but the smell of the earth waking up hadn’t come to his nose yet. His eyes were still closed, his breathing rumbled evenly. He was not yet scheduled … Continue reading

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All in the Eyes

For a child, you could see the weight of the world in his eyes. Even at his young age, he’s seen how the world works. How things like kindness and humanity are dropped for a dime. How people who don’t … Continue reading

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