Sharks in the Shower | “Deep End”

When pain comes in waves, we teach ourselves to swim. Never submerged in water, we practice holding our breath ‘til the room empties of fellow swimmers whose ripples turn to tsunamis when they touch our current. We freestyle when we should backstroke. We dive headfirst stubborn of the shallow ends. Some shores seem so inviting. The current calm and clean; …

Mercedes Money (Excerpt) | Kelly & Eric

The instant I walk into the kitchen and see Kelly’s sneakers under the table, I know she isn’t alone. There’s an unfinished board game accompanied by half-empty hard iced teas and a cell phone playing a reggae playlist on low. I pause the song, pocket the phone and barge into Kelly’s room. The first thing I see is Freddie Krueger …