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It’s not dark enough for me to draw my own blood

Now, here, the silence is broken by a cawing that’s not a bird nor a crow, but an owl. The owl flies directly into the headlights. I see him, a large yellow eyed bird...

My sister was killed in a drunk driving accident

Walking to the beach with my umbrella still on top, I watched the water rippling on the rocky shore and thought to myself…I don’t belong here. I don’t fit in. I want to go...

I walked to the front yard of my house

I was tired. I had lost 7 kg in the last 2 years. I was almost dead. I needed food. I was ready to eat in the front yard. The night was still young....

This is the story of the night of the 7th of July, the day after the attacks on the United States

I grabbed my keys from the kitchen table. I picked up my keys and walked into the bedroom. I threw my keys on top of the dresser and picked up my cell phone. I...

In our series of letters from African-American journalists, novelist and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates tells the story of his mother-in-law’s first visit to a doctor’s...

It's a cold day in October, my mother-in-law is going to go visit her mother. I have been thinking of the time I stood in front of my first ever doctor's office. It was...

Samia walked out of the house with a big smile on her face

‘Honey you must have been up most of the night’ Sally said with her hand on her chest ‘You look like something the cat dragged in’ She grinned mischievously ‘You know, like when we...

John woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a plane hitting the World Trade Center

John was startled by the shock and the loud noise of the plane. His eyes blinked and closed and he woke up to see the moon lightening the sky. But now the plane was...

The group gathered in the back of Emil’s truck

“It’s almost here!” Jax said excitedly as he hopped into the cab. “Is it the time yet?” asked Jess. She couldn’t remember what time it had been this morning but it wasn’t morning anymore....

The woman looked at the symbol on the tree stump

She closed her eyes and concentrated on the symbol. A pulse of energy began to pulsate through her, pulsing out from her skin like a stream of pure light. A tingling sensation ran down...

Cliff didn’t know if he had any friends at all

Cliff’s only friend was Cliff. He was just a very lonely man, and sometimes felt like he had no one at all. Cliff was the one who would always come to Cliff’s defense, like...

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It’s not dark enough for me to draw my own blood

Now, here, the silence is broken by a cawing that’s not a bird nor a crow, but an owl. The owl flies directly into the headlights. I see him, a large yellow eyed bird...

My sister was killed in a drunk driving accident

Walking to the beach with my umbrella still on top, I watched the water rippling on the rocky shore and thought to myself…I don’t belong here. I don’t fit in. I want to go...

Three hours pass and the phone rings again

Three hours passes and the phone rings again. A couple of rings. He opens his eyes and smiles at the caller ID. He glances at his watch. 5:46. He looks up and sighs, shaking...