• DMM commented on the post, conviction 4 years, 9 months ago

    Never say Candy, she said. I don’t want to hear that bitch’s name. He stood half turned in the doorway to the kitchen, hands slipped into his pockets playing with the keys, cutting his cuticle open. There was a loaf of bread on the cutting board and the knife laid out from the block. He didn’t move.

  • DMM commented on the post, spikes 4 years, 10 months ago

    He didn’t want to think about the feeling of the metal digging into the soft spot just above the ankle. Was it the tendons there? They kept showing it over and over on TV. They didn’t have any sound but you could hear it through the second baseman’s lips as they spread across his face in pain, the baserunner’s eyes widening in horror hitting a…[Read more]

  • DMM commented on the post, turtle 4 years, 11 months ago

    He looked at it through the window while pouring the pad thai noodles into the strainer. The hot water seeped over the sink and onto his bare feet. Hopping around he scrambled out the door and took out his phone. He could see it slowly strutting away. It waddled. He took a picture and the turtle looked back at him. Not the lens. But him.

  • DMM commented on the post, venture 4 years, 11 months ago

    What happened, I venture to guess, is that a certain tree in between the power lines of his house and mine “fell” down. It would have been pretty costly on him to do it intentionally just to run his generator for a week. I’m not doubting his foul play but something doesn’t add up.

  • DMM commented on the post, prank 4 years, 11 months ago

    She didn’t really know too much about it. But Sally Jackerbsen knew a lot about the football uniforms, the new ones, that she helped pick out. However that was nothing, she said, compared to the cheer squad uniforms that were going to shut everyone over at Mount Holly up. Combined the whole stadium would be a sea of purple and yellow, dazzling…[Read more]

  • DMM commented on the post, huddled 4 years, 12 months ago

    Just go on for a minute now. Huddle up with your brother by that tree. Bring Petey. Hold his collar so he doesn’t budge. I’ll be back one minute. Just stay there. Cover your ears. The shot will be a little loud. Don’t be frightened.

  • DMM commented on the post, fleet 4 years, 12 months ago

    His mother and sister kept trying to speak to him. He could hear their voices but the thunder from afar was just too loud. He could see them all in the distant racing towards him. They rode on horse back and swung their maces, swords and axes round and round, closing in on him. There were just too many. He collapsed in the kitchen still looking…[Read more]

  • DMM commented on the post, crosswalk 4 years, 12 months ago

    In Boston I would walk through the crosswalks behind Jenny’s and wait for people to linger on the corner. The next few streets had the most activity. There were seven bars and the Pentington Hotel. I kept walking back and forth across the walkways and kept my eyes on the theirs, just to see if they were watching. Cars didn’t stop. But people…[Read more]

  • DMM commented on the post, watchtower 5 years, 1 month ago

    All along the watchtower…

  • DMM commented on the post, decadence 5 years, 1 month ago

    You are like that too. Don’t kid yourself. The way there’s that hint of brown in your hair. Look at you smiling like that. That’s what they all like. You know you have it. Keep smiling. You’re still young.

  • DMM commented on the post, gamer 5 years, 1 month ago

    He laughed at her and caught sight of two bluebirds flying down the road beside them outside the bistro. She asked him if he played many games. No, he said. Did she? Her smile was treacherous and lovely.

  • DMM commented on the post, latitude 5 years, 1 month ago

    It’s that simple. That easy and fast. To know where you’re going. To have been there before. To want to go back. You can’t know them that way, not as coordinates. They aren’t numbers that paint a picture. They’re blank symbols you glaze over as you relive that step onto the beach with her and the first moment you fell in love. The exact spot where…[Read more]

  • DMM commented on the post, leverage 5 years, 2 months ago

    He thought he had it at least. That there would be something to work off of. He walked in, bending his head beneath the drain pipe and sat down at the iron table next to Benjamin. He had leverage. This wouldn’t be slow.

  • DMM commented on the post, sterile 5 years, 2 months ago

    ‘Just for the toilet. The part that fits over the toilet, the bowl. Like a catching screen.’
    ‘Toilet top.’
    ‘I’m not sure that’s it.’
    ‘It’s this right here. To catch the stool. Goes right over the toilet bowl. You could use plastic, Saran wrap instead and make a little dip in it but I’m sure the Doc wanted you to have something easier to use.…[Read more]

  • DMM commented on the post, commission 5 years, 3 months ago

    She’s the kind of girl you want to bring around here. Not like those groupies you used to bring home. Those crazy girls. No. This one now, she’s good. I’m willing to bet you like her even a little more now too. You mother is going to like her. She doesn’t have green hair at least.

  • DMM commented on the post, withered 5 years, 3 months ago

    There wasn’t much else to be done then. She didn’t want a rollator. Not four wheels, she said. Her daughter nodded along. She didn’t want a walker then either. Not two wheels. She gawked at the transport chairs and even the light weight wheelchair. She used a wooden cane without grip which she clutched in her withered hand uneasy as her body shook…[Read more]

  • DMM commented on the post, level 5 years, 3 months ago

    The mirror could not be hung level. It navigated a misplaced electrical outlet that pushed out seven sixteenths of an inch.

  • DMM commented on the post, strike 5 years, 3 months ago

    She didn’t want to penalize him for mistakes, clear ones that he should by now–seven years gone by–know. Her reaction was to take a strike against herself for being so un-levelheaded. Then she took a second for using a senseless word. She beat herself up repeatedly and let him walk.

  • DMM commented on the post, collapse 5 years, 3 months ago

    They were going to practice the patience of waiting for the five elements to collapse into the universe and unfold the meaning behind his and everyone’s anger. He was not optimistic. The sessions had been going on for three weeks and he felt good. The Community Leader was not a doctor, as he made clear his first day in front of the group,…[Read more]

  • DMM commented on the post, still 5 years, 3 months ago

    And but so they walked on through the opening into the reservoir path that looped around the cabin and came back around the still waters by the ‘beach.’ It was waiting for them beneath the dirt mound hill at the edge of the shore.