• He dumped the little tin out on the counter, spilling out a mountain of change, most of which was pennies. “Umm, is this ten dollars?”
    As tired as I was, I almost gave a snappy response–but one look at his sincere yet flustered face had me managing a smile. “Well, let’s see.”
    I flattened out the pile with my hand and began to count out the coins.

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, bark 2 years, 4 months ago

    It was hard yet supple, and impossible to chew, with a texture that gave my tongue a couple splinters; Maggie must’ve been a beaver if she gnawed on this stuff all day. Finally, I was able to swallow. There was no way I was ingesting anymore. Tossing the piece of bark on the forest floor, I pulled myself up. Sure, so some of the berries around…[Read more]

  • I forced myself to turn and look at the desk. It looked so melancholy sitting there in the shadow of the closed curtain, almost foreboding. The fact that Harrison would never sit there again was slowly sinking in by the minute, making me more and more restless. But there wasn’t any chance that I could get a hold of him now. He would have arrived,…[Read more]

  • She looked back at them in the stands and caught their eyes. Her dad gave a thumbs up and mouthed, “Go get ’em.” and her mother stood up and started yelling and cheering.
    “That’s my girl! Woohooo! Go Mai!”
    Parents. Mai rolled her eyes and quickly continued to the table, not daring to look back again.

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, breakout 3 years ago

    She squealed, her face practically pressed against the mirror. “A breakout?! No, no…not the night before the premiere!”
    I chuckled softly and leaned on the wall. “It’s no big deal, Del. You’ll be wearing so much makeup nobody will even notice…”
    She rounded on me, a sharp, bony finger poised to poke my eye out. “Why…! I’ve never heard such…[Read more]

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, smoothies 3 years ago

    We sipped our smoothies and let our eyes wander around the diner, neither of us really sure what to say. Finally, Hailee looked up with a mischievous glint in her eye.
    “Bet I can finish my smoothie before you can.”
    I raised my eyebrows. “Is that a challenge? Because you know I…”
    “Are too wimpy to take me up on it, I know…” she shrugged and…[Read more]

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, dash 3 years ago

    Scooping up the cat into her arms, Emily dashed for cover, crashing down between the bushes and the porch. She watched, breathing tensely, as Clarence came onto the scene, swinging his rifle. “Someone’s stolen my cat,” he declared in a sing-song voice. “Ohh Trixie!”
    The fat tabby squirmed in Emily’s arms, but she held tight to its middle, praying…[Read more]

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, selfie 3 years ago

    Mimi was still holding the phone up to her face, taking pictures of her pouty face and totally ignoring me. I was trying to do the same, but for some reason the fake camera shutter sound would not allow me to concentrate. Suddenly, she looked up smiling–but it wasn’t a regular kind of smile. There was something a bit devious behind it. “Hey…[Read more]

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, boxing 3 years, 1 month ago

    I watched the boys out in the yard, screwing up their fists and releasing punches onto each other. No matter how many times one would hit the other, even if he fell down, he always sprung right back up again with a flying fist. The boxing itself was pointless, utterly stupid, but it got me thinking about the contest. Maybe I wasn’t down and out just yet.

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, others 3 years, 1 month ago

    I crossed my arms and stared at the people at the Other table. They were always huddled together, murmuring and looking skeptical and afraid. The idea had been to integrate them into our society, but it didn’t seem like that was ever going to happen. Nobody had ever tried to befriend them before….and yet, the red-head girl was always catching my…[Read more]

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, moving 3 years, 1 month ago

    I lifted the box with great concentration, trying to ignore the fact that Ethan was staring at me from behind. With my eyes on the ground, I set my box in my trunk and went to retrieve another. Ethan’s feet were planted firmly on the grass in front of my boxes, obviously waiting for some kind of explanation. I finally lifted my head an reluctantly…[Read more]

  • I gave a disheartened sigh and sank lower in my office chair. There was nothing much I could do about William; he was young, rich, and his new-fangled ideas were already getting the company hopping. I couldn’t compete with that. Running my hand through my already disheveled hair, I considered retirement.

  • The tunnel ahead of him was dark and foreboding. But this wasn’t the time to get scared, especially when his companion was standing a few feet behind, shaking with hurt and fear.
    “There’s nothing in there….right?” she murmured, stepping forward a little. That’s when they heard it–a faint but unmistakable chittery sound from deep within the…[Read more]

  • She sighed and pushed her glasses up the bridge of her nose. Everything would be different now; the old brick house that was filled with laughing children on yesterday would now be abandoned, left to crumble in solitude. Worst of all was the thought that none of them would ever see Miss Miranda again.

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, bathed 3 years, 3 months ago

    He frowned up at me, his face peeping out from the swathing of white towel that covered him. He was almost unrecognizable with all the dirt scrubbed off of his face, his clean brown hair sticking up every which way. “Can I eat something now?” he pouted. I had to laugh.

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, trek 3 years, 3 months ago

    We were breathing heavily by the time we reached the top, our lungs scorched by the chilly, thin air. I peered over the edge of the rocky incline, my eyes sweeping over tiny dots of pine trees and little threads of streams woven through the forest stretch. Meanwhile, Lila harrumphed herself into a pile away from the view. “Are we there yet?” she…[Read more]

  • I sighed and plopped my chin into my hands as he made a swift exit from behind. Why did things have to be so complicated? I started at the dirty dishes in front of me, feeling like all that food was turning inside of me.

  • The picture was awful. My hair was knotted up in a scruffy bun and I looked like a needed coffee desperately. At least they had made me take off my glasses; I can only imagine how misty-eyed their glare would have made me look. But no matter how ugly I looked in my passport, they had to let me on the plane. I would be going to China either way.

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, degree 3 years, 4 months ago

    She rubbed her icicle nose with one hand as she walked through the muted winter streets, using her other arm to hug her notebooks tightly to her chest, as if they would provide warmth. “If it’s any colder, I’ll be stiff,” she muttered, her words manifesting in the air as a cloud of silver vapor.

  • spiffypenguin commented on the post, casual 3 years, 4 months ago

    I leaned against the picnic table and watched her stare into the distance, the sunlight shining through her reddish hair and making it catch fire. She turned her head slightly and met my gaze with a light smile. Sometimes I was glad things were so casual between us.