• Jessica commented on the post, charity 4 years, 9 months ago

    You loathe the people who walk along the street, the ones who pass the kids, settled on the curb with their baseball caps out, the silvered statues holding delicately still until someone drops a dollar into their hat—they instantly burst into action, dancing, changing a pose, then freezing solidly again until the next passerby. It’s very b…[Read more]

  • Jessica commented on the post, nobody 4 years, 10 months ago

    There wasn’t anybody who hated you. You were quite sure of this—there’d been polls, definitely, and there’d never been any hate mail. You got standing ovations every performance, millions of fans swaying in the pit. You’d never had to market much—each ticket would be sold out in seconds, then each tour would be sold out in seconds, and soon eno…[Read more]

  • Jessica commented on the post, cutlery 4 years, 10 months ago

    They lay all in neat rows down the sides of the tables, and they seemed to be listening in on the conversation. Not that there was anything important being said—just words about the weather, Aunt Marge’s new boyfriend, twenty years her junior, etc, etc. That was mostly what they could bring themselves to talk about. Easy, scandalous s…[Read more]

  • Jessica commented on the post, bellboy 5 years ago

    He’s not very tall, not very short, and most people don’t bother checking the tag pinned to his red lapel. In fact, it’s a situation so ideal that he can barely believe it.

    The first door on the right is locked, of course, but he has the key, and easily gains access to the room. He has a gun, of course—but guns are noisy, bothersome

  • Jessica commented on the post, temple 5 years, 1 month ago

    It’s yellow, glinting, and even far away you sense a sort of distance about it. There are no monks, no laughter; only quietude and a sense of decay, of everything falling apart the closer you get inside. The walls close in on either side, squeezing the life gently out of you, until you become a wisp of air entangled with the smoky incense. It…[Read more]

  • Jessica commented on the post, joyful 5 years, 1 month ago

    There’s something so lovely about her face in the lights under the halloween jack-o-lantern. When everything falls apart a second later—as you knew it would, things like this don’t last—you don’t really react to anything, there’s just a print of her face in your mind, you remembering, and even when everything unfolds and everything ends, you

  • Jessica commented on the post, heartfelt 5 years, 1 month ago

    I will make this speech, and I will made this the best damn thing that you’ve ever heard. And I will move masses, and I will rearrange the stars and our orbits on Earth because it’ll be that good. It will. I mean this. And I will take over my universe and feel comfortable inside myself, and write well and sing well and dance well and do whatever I…[Read more]

  • Jessica commented on the post, church 5 years, 2 months ago

    There’s one down by the end of the road, where the rich intersect with the poor, where the sidewalk ends. It’s a quiet place during the day, with light filtering through and sweeping the floor clean and the minister delivering his sermons to a congregation of burnished pews. It’s very nice, almost too nice, as if they’ve wanted to ensure that we…[Read more]

  • Jessica commented on the post, overt 5 years, 2 months ago

    it’s overtly displayed, but it’s important, it’s dear to you—so overt, though, that it could be fake, it could be hiding in plain sight. Or it could not be. It’s difficult to say, but all the same you’ve never been able to give up the doubts that you carry around all day, every day, to everyone.

  • Jessica commented on the post, welcoming 5 years, 2 months ago

    Nothing ever changes about the mat. It’s worn, it’s broken up, it’s got holes in all the wrong places so your bare foot clashes with the imitation marble—it’s got history, though, by God, it’s been tread upon by all the big names (at least in our household), it’s been the subject of topics of conversation that wander off into all types of t…[Read more]

  • Jessica commented on the post, interested 5 years, 2 months ago

    There are about a thousand things to love and for you one of them is a dark art. It’s something that others have meddled in unsuccessfully, something that others have cursed because of their own lack of talent. You, though, you’re nothing in the grand scheme of this art, you’re a small speck on a horizon on a miniature planet. It’s bizarre, but…[Read more]

  • Jessica commented on the post, security 5 years, 2 months ago

    There is something so nice about knowing that everything you do is monitored, everything locked up and secured and placed in a metallic box for someone else to read; there’s so secure about knowing that you’ll always be trapped in place. It’s ironic, the box you live in, the box with a roof and four doors with keys and security systems wired to…[Read more]