909: July 5, 2015

Natalie was enveloped in a faded, candy-colored beach towel, which did little to soak up the chlorinated water weighing down her overalls. She walked quickly to the bathroom, dripping, and stripped off the denim which puddled to the floor in a heap along with the towel. There was a large mirror above the sink. It […]

909: July 4, 2015

Alex was true to his word. He hadn’t left the house. The downstairs was teeming with unbelievably attractive people, some he knew, but most were friends-of-friends-of-friends-of-starlets. He had a twinge of conscience; although he knew that he was technically playing by Kate’s rules, this was certainly not what she had in mind. He ignored the […]

909: July 3, 2015

The burrito was almost gone. The male uncles and cousins had downed more than their fair share, and the air around them had become volatile. No one dared light a match. “Where do you think you’re sleeping tonight?” Cousin Todd’s new wife wrinkled her nose in his direction. He sidled up to her and nuzzled […]

909: July 2, 2015

Jenna tried to text Deanne back, but the cell reception at Grandma’s was notoriously awful, especially if you had AT&T. It had something to do with the nearby foothills, she was told. You could receive texts when the cell towers really concentrated, but sending anything was an exercise in frustration. She excused herself and went […]

909: July 1, 2015

The day was starting to hint it would eventually end. There was a whiff of a breeze, and the sun reluctantly surrendered its hold. The party had relaxed into a pulsating, comfortable rhythm: the kids splashing in the pool, the adults nibbling, lounging, and talking. Occasionally a victim was dragged to the edge of the […]

909: June 30, 2015

“This is bullshit, Kate.” Kate stared at the phone sitting on her desk, the indignant voice pouring out of its tiny speaker. She was infuriated by Alex’s attitude, but knew he wouldn’t respond well to scolding. She had to make sure to leave his ego in tact or he’d shut down. She composed herself before […]

909: June 29, 2015

Noah could see the SUV, but if another car separated them or if they made a sudden turn, he’d be in danger of losing them. He was confused but thankful when the Toyota unexpectedly swerved and stopped. Noah pulled over three houses down from where the SUV sat askew. He could see their silhouettes, Jenna […]

909: June 28, 2015

Natalie was smirking at Jenna. At first, Jenna tried to ignore it, but soon she could no longer stand it. “What?” Natalie waggled her eyebrows. “What?!” “That guy was cute.” “Uh huh.” “He liiiiiiked you. I mean, he liked-you liked you.” “Stop it.” “When are you going to figure out you’re a hottie?” “I’m not […]

909: June 27, 2015

Noah decided to pass on the nearby Taco Bell in favor of local fare. A quick search of online reviews pointed him in the direction of a hole-in-the-wall place not too far from his hotel. He hid his laptop under the car seat, sweet-talked the CRX into starting, and was burrito-bound. He pondered his new […]

909: June 26, 2015

Natalie sat quietly in the shadows under the patio awning, sipping a Vanilla Diet Pepsi and swaying in the suspended bamboo chair. She attempted to decline Aunt Cat’s insistence that she try Uncle Mike’s new concoction called “Trailer Park,” but it was thrust into her hand anyway. She had one sip before Jenna gave her […]