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Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome

Midday sunlight was already filtering through Marcy’s blinds by the time she’d woken up. She groaned, getting ready, still half-asleep, and glanced at her watch. She’d missed her first class of the day, but there was another in ten minutes. Not that she attended class much; she never understood much of anything. But somehow she […]

The Island of the Missing Socks

The Island of the Missing Socks

“How did the letter get here?” asked Eddie. “Who is it from?”“Beats me…” said Jo. “It’s a mystery.” “THIS MAP WILL TAKE YOU TO THE ISLAND OF THE MISSING SOCKS,” Eddie read the note over Jo’s shoulder.  “Do you think it is real?”“I made a wish when I blew out my birthday candles,” said Jo. […]

Remember Me?

Remember Me?

“Can you see any previous lives?” Caroline smilingly asked the woman sitting in front of her.“Let’s see.” The medium closed her eyes and took a deep breath.“In your last life,” she finally said, “you died as a young man. You were in love with your teacher. On graduation day, you brought flowers for her. You […]

Close Call

Close Call

“Go to the hospital!”Scared stiff, Sara swung around. Who had spoken? She was alone in her apartment. And yet, she had heard a voice, loud and clear, coming from right behind her.She calmed down, decided that her imagination had played a trick on her and proceeded with her preparations. Today was the day she would […]

Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows

Just past midnight my dog wakes from sleep and begins to whimper. I rub my eyes, lift my head from the pillow and grumble. Not now, Lily. It’s the middle of the night. Whimpers become more insistent. I turn on the light and her eyes look beseechingly into mine. Come on. I don shoes, coat […]

Market Day

Market Day

She came to town every Wednesday for Market Day. She had lovely manners and a gracious way of deferring questions that made any conversation seem complete instead of evasive. “Your husband might like this hand-sewn shirt.” Mrs. Gardner, the local nosy parker, searched for clues about the mysterious woman. “What tiny, even stitches! I can […]

Gardenia Dreams

Gardenia Dreams

I am Constanza, the famous recluse that no one has met, but everyone knows. Like most women, you’ve read every volume of my Gardenia Dreams. You understand your own life through my writings. I reach out to every woman; I speak for every woman. I have gained great insight over many years of partnership with […]

In the Mirror

In the Mirror

My feet danced merrily and my smile illuminated my whole flat when I saw the invitation addressed to me, Miss Elowina Carmichael. A “gold ticket” to the most exclusive club, hosted by the Trillions, one of the richest families in the universe! Two weeks later, I was all in a dither deciding what to wear. […]

The Journey

The Journey

It was a bright and sunny morning. It was a weekend. No one was in a haste to leave the house. There was no early bus to catch, no rushing down to the train station, no running late for work, no going late for classes. Everyone stayed up late listening to stories. They listened to […]

Doppelganger

Doppelganger

I just passed myself gliding by in a black gondola. The unimaginable has happened. I, Carla Adelasia Menotti, just encountered an identical Carla Adelasia Menotti, smiling menacingly at me from a black-draped gondola. She was not l’imitatore, the impersonator who has become famous for imitating me. She was not an adoring fan dressed up as […]

Hopelessly Lost

Hopelessly Lost

The stately clip-clop of a pair of fine horses, their breath forming white plumes in the cold air; the rattle and clang of street cars and trams; the rustle of silk dresses sweeping up circular staircases; the faint silvery chiming of crystal chandeliers – these were the sounds of her world. Gas lights being lit, […]

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