• Vat commented on the post, tailgate 5 years, 1 month ago

    Cracked the back of the car open and dropped the cooler on the concrete with a thud. Broke open a flatpack of paper plates and plastic cups. Snapped the tab on an ice cold something or other, tipping it back while the grill heated up.
    Summer.

  • Vat commented on the post, vines 6 years, 6 months ago

    They strung down over the house’s walls, twisting, obscuring the ancient brick. It was hard to see anything but the vines; the windows mere flashes of dull grey reflected light amid the dark oily green of the leaves, the walls themselves nothing more than climbing masses.

  • Vat commented on the post, beware 6 years, 7 months ago

    When the rain comes, it is too much for the thirsty ground. The first droplets splatter, leaving dark patches in the dust, quickly soaking in; they leave a pointillist imagining along the ground, small dots joining into larger, larger dots melding into a whole. And that whole is water.

  • Vat commented on the post, leathery 6 years, 8 months ago

    It slithered, and she liked that. It coiled and slid, and she liked that too. It turned its head, as if sensing her eyes on it, flickering its tongue out, testing the air. She held still, even her breath pausing, and it never flinched, its arrowhead nose pointing directly at her.

  • Vat commented on the post, flailing 6 years, 8 months ago

    She tumbled into the snow, laughing, a neon green and electric blue snow angel come to life, or perhaps some sort of alpine turtle newly turned over. Her hands and feet waved wildly as she grinned up at me. “It’s fabulous!” The words made steam bubbles of her breath, froze, and drifted away on the high mountain air.

  • Vat commented on the post, size 6 years, 9 months ago

    Greg was grinning, holding the fish in both hands. He hefted it. “Must be at least a fifteen pounder. We’ll eat for a week on this one.”

    It was a long slow moment before Suze could bring herself to respond.

  • Vat commented on the post, local 6 years, 11 months ago

    It didn’t take long to realize she wasn’t one of them. It was subtle; you couldn’t put your finger on it. There was something about the way she dressed, about the way she did her hair, about the way she seemed to be invited to everything without really being invited. She just wasn’t part of any of it.

  • Vat commented on the post, teach 6 years, 11 months ago

    They said he could never be taught. They said he was too slow, too stupid, too backward. They pointed to the way his letters wobbled bewilderedly around the page when he tried to write them, turning and twisting one way and another without managing to form words.

  • Vat commented on the post, dysfunctional 7 years, 1 month ago

    We’re a pair. There’s a little imbalance, sure, but what relationship isn’t at least a little uneven. It’s a matter of keeping up rotational inertia and centers of gravity. So what if I move three times as […]

  • Vat commented on the post, spa 7 years, 1 month ago

    There’s something about the feel of warm paraffin that is impossible to describe. It’s reminiscent of childhood mud puddles and the soft adult decadence of expensive chocolates; silk and warmth and soothing […]

  • Vat commented on the post, texture 7 years, 1 month ago

    She put them on. The world twisted, rearranged itself, tip-tilted strangely in front of her eyes. She reached out, trying to look and not look at the same time, and took a step. Same old dirt beneath her bare feet.

  • Vat commented on the post, patrol 7 years, 3 months ago

    “Get down” Meridith didn’t wait for me to obey; she just pushed me down and slammed her body on top of mine, grinding my face into the damp, musty-smelling dirt.

  • Vat commented on the post, quest 7 years, 5 months ago

    He blinked, and stared. It was still there. It glittered in front of his vision, turning and sparkling in midair. There was no mistaking what he saw, or what it meant. He had been chosen…

  • Vat commented on the post, backspace 7 years, 5 months ago

    The back staircase coiled up in the narrow space next to the chimney. It was warm, there, even when the rest of the great house was frigid with winter. It was quiet, when the floors squeaked and groaned and the […]

  • Vat commented on the post, romance 7 years, 5 months ago

    I can’t say I dressed for the occasion. If I had been planning anything, I would have gone for something scant. Something black and lace. Something with sparkles.