• Coral commented on the post, sports 8 years, 4 months ago

    They were good sports about it; they joked, they laughed, they poked fun at themselves, but underneath, they were trying hard not to break down and fall into salty tears and self loathing heaps.

  • Coral commented on the post, drain 8 years, 4 months ago

    It washed down the drain and landed somewhere far below her with a loud (thunk). The echoes faded away in a terrible feeling of finality- dread.

  • Coral commented on the post, edition 8 years, 4 months ago

    It was the fourth edition of his novel, and yet he still wasn’t pleased. He’d stayed up all last night, trying to get that one sentence on page five hundred-twenty-three right, but it just wouldn’t work. He couldn’t make the words “ornamental” and “tree” work together without it sounding like Christmas. But, no matter how […]

  • Coral commented on the post, whim 8 years, 4 months ago

    They were simple whimsicalities, but,
    at the end of the day, they were what
    truly kept her going,
    what kept her teeth in her smile
    and the laughlines in her face,
    what made life worth living and loving and laughing at.

  • Coral commented on the post, wake 8 years, 4 months ago

    She was awake,
    alive and truly THERE
    for the first time she could remember
    in a long, long time.
    Everything seemed so much brighter
    than her memories, so much softer,
    so much more colorful and… real.
    Sobriety was something new,
    something she’d forgotten how to do,
    but so far, it was better than a high.

  • Coral commented on the post, blotches 8 years, 4 months ago

    They covered her skin like a map of hurt and pain and memories she wish she could wipe from her mind. They were all of varying colors, pinks and red and blues, and the occasional yellows and greens, though those were usually covered by new ones. She got used to the pain, the pulling and […]

  • Coral commented on the post, blotches 8 years, 4 months ago

    Blotches of ink covered his hands. He’d been writing all night, but the ferocity in his face had slowly dimmed as the sun rose, and the shadows faded into gold. He had worked his hands sore, and yet he had nothing for it. For that was what covered the letter he was to send her: […]

  • Coral commented on the post, ragged 8 years, 4 months ago

    Her heart was ragged; it had been torn, it was worn, it was frayed around the edges. It had broken countless times, and she had only managed to patch it up occasionally, and sometimes there were more tourniquets than stitches. Now the stitches seemed to be loosening, to be coming undone, despite her nimble fingers, […]

  • Coral commented on the post, support 8 years, 4 months ago

    You were never there for me. You didn’t hold me up above the crowd, you didn’t even care if I was trampled by the crowd; my dreams and hopes never mattered to you. I didn’t matter to you. You let me stay in your house for a while, occasionally eat your food, and if I […]

  • Coral commented on the post, respectable 8 years, 4 months ago

    She was a respectable girl. She really was. Her parents were quite wealthy, she always dressed modestly… she worked hard to be respectable. The problem was, she didn’t want to be any longer. She wanted to run and dance, and play in the mud where it was fun. She was tired of people with their […]

  • Coral commented on the post, perfectly 8 years, 4 months ago

    your warmth cradled
    my sadness perfectly,
    like you were made by God to
    help me and hold me
    right in this moment,
    and wash my tears away in
    your golden glow.

  • Coral commented on the post, perfectly 8 years, 4 months ago

    we were suited for each other, yes. we worked together, and we laughed together and we talk together like two old souls who’d known each other longer than the world we’d been. I’d only met you yesterday, and yet I felt like our shared smiles were primordial and natural, and the folds in our faces […]

  • Coral commented on the post, discover 8 years, 4 months ago

    Was there still discovery,
    lying awake in her heart-
    had she given up on that too?

  • Coral commented on the post, fiction 8 years, 4 months ago

    fictional fears plagued her child’s mind- mother had never told her that the monster in her closet was really the arm of a sweater peeking out from the mess, and father had never made her feel safe. so she lay in bed, covers pulled over her head, trembling and eyes tearing, consumed in her child’s […]

  • Coral commented on the post, calling 8 years, 8 months ago

    I could feel the mirror pulling at me, ever since I was little. Whenever I chanced to walk past it, I felt a tug, a subtle but strong calling, an involuntary yearning to go to it, with no basis whatsoever. And as strongly as I felt that, I felt that I should not, under any […]

  • Coral commented on the post, raise 8 years, 8 months ago

    We raised up our arms, splayed fingers a jubilant greeting to a waking sun. No one smiled, no one laughed; we simply stood in the early sunshine, still cold, ignoring all else but the joy in something so pure.

  • Coral commented on the post, discuss 8 years, 8 months ago

    We talked for hours, laughing at the right times, smiling when it wasn’t funny enough to. I never knew that I could connect with someone, have a friendship (or whatever this was) feel so right- so comfortable. It was great. I couldn’t wait to see them next, even though they hadn’t left yet.

  • Coral commented on the post, trees 8 years, 8 months ago

    The trunk seemed curved to my exact dimensions. Cuddled up to the bark, I closed my eyes, enjoying how the breeze seemed to want to pitch into this perfect moment, chasing away air that grew to warm on my face.

  • Coral commented on the post, loft 8 years, 8 months ago

    I was bent over my worktable, in my loft, where it was quite secluded, when I heard the sound. The front door closing softly, muted as if someone were trying to make the sound unnoticeable. I didn’t know who it could be. I lived alone.

  • Coral commented on the post, indistinct 8 years, 8 months ago

    The shadow was indistinct, muddled by the lake I stood in front of. I wasn’t even sure if it was there for a moment. It would have been more of a reflection had not the sun been so harsh. But there it was. And here I was, alone at a lakeside in the middle of […]