Karirose

Joined February 2008

Painting, photography, photo editing and writing serve not only as a way to explore and show the beauty of the world but also as a way of...

Short Stories

Dethroned

As a ten year old girl, Tether-ball was my game of choice. I played it hard and I played it well. Moments into the game I was in control. …

Another Night Fishing

“Do you really have to leave?” she whispered, almost whined in his ear. / “Yeah, I gotta go.” He kissed her on the cheek and gave her bum …

The Morning After

It was one of those mornings when I question if I have any common sense at all. My girlfriends always insist it will be great fun. Yet, wi…

For Rent

The sign said “For Rent”. Suitcase in hand, Marna marched herself up the front walk and rang the door bell. / A grandmotherly woman answer…

Decisions, Decisions

“Will you PLEASE shut up?” / “Huh?” / “You’re making too much noise.” / “I’m reading.…

Bad Dreams

“Will you PLEASE shut up! She’s trying to sleep.” / “Shhhh! She’s starting to drift off..” / “I don’t care! I need to ta…

Everyone Said So

Everyone said he was a nice guy. His co-workers. The people at church. Her family. Even the mayor and town council. If you met him, yo…

Find the Phone

The phone rings in the middle of the night. And rings. And rings. I try to answer it, but can’t find it. My hand flops around the …

The Task

The task before her was monumental. Daunting. Frightening even. Yet, it was required of her. She had to complete the task to be a succe…

White Lie

Flash Fiction challenge—“It’s times like these”

Too Much Fabric Softener

We were just standing at the front of the restaurant waiting to be seated when I heard my mother’s quiet gasp. Puzzled, I turned to …

Cry For Help

“Help me, please!” my brain implores from deep within my skull. / From behind the hardened walls escapes its only desire. / No place is f…

Old Traditions

Every year the same. He hated it. The calendulas, the velas, the pictures of the departed, the sugar calaveras, favorite foods. / Traditi…

Welcome The Darkness

In the dark she sat. In the dark and in the corner. On the floor. Knees to her chest, head on her knees, hands on her head. In the dark…

Red, Swirly and Pointed

Alien fingers? How the hell would she even know what alien fingers look like? / “Daddy,” she continued, “everyone knows that Alien Fingers…

Jay Walking

The layers of smoke filled the room like waves of a dirty, dusty fog that the wind could never quite blow away. It didn’t keep me fro…

Trust

She had trusted him. Yet, for the fourth time this week, on the same bridge, there he was with him. Sharing secrets. Her secrets. Secr…

Calling

“She promised she would call.” / In the darkness of the night, in the room with no view, he tossed and turned still wondering if she would …

Summer Vacation

You know what I’d like to do? / I know you’re not a mind reader, silly. That’s why I’m going to tell you. / I̵…

Not Just Yet

Blasted. There she was. Concentrating on the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. It had been 12 years since we had spoken. I ha…

A Walk in the Woods

But the darkness swallowed up her words and held on to her tighter still.

Maybe Once Upon a Time

No, I won’t open my eyes. As long as they are closed the day, the struggles, the issues do not exist. Allow me to stay here, curled…

Forgiveness Is A Choice

Does it matter that he never whispered an apology to me? No. I made a choice to forgive my son no matter the situation.

The Battlefield

The battle has begun. Another day of trying to outwit the others that are out there searching for me. Calmly I try to review the plan of …

Despise This Disease

Thick and dark this moonless night, / Twisted and tangled the uphill narrow climb / Forward progress in disguise as affliction and deplorab…
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