The Walking Tree: Chapters 1-3

1. The House on Woodhill Lane Noah kept her eyes closed all the way up the mountain. The constant winding of the road made her sick to her stomach, but not looking spared her from other kinds of queasiness. There was the queasiness of watching her brother squirm in his seat. There was the queasiness caused by Mama’s worried eyes, visible in the van’s rear-view mirror. And of course, there was the queasiness of heading somewhere strange and unknown while home grew smaller and smaller behind her.  Home. The word was an aching tooth. She was able to forget it … Read More

What We Keep Behind Glass

Chapter One: You, and the Reason it Exists By JD MillerPhoto by Natalie Bruno It is my firm belief that there are some people of whom this world is not worthy. I don’t know if that’s a popular or unpopular opinion, I just know that I believe it. And for anybody who knows me (like you do), you know that I don’t have all that many firm beliefs. I have some in you, in God I guess, in my mom, and not a lot else.  I feel like I should be clear about the fact that I don’t know what … Read More

The Human Café

The Human Café By JD Miller Introduction: A picture of a café:  Let me tell you a story.  It’s not a very pretty story. But there aren’t very many stories that are pretty all the way through and still worth telling.  It starts with a bench, beside a window; vinyl and ketchup and ceiling fans basking in lethargy. The dull glow of neon and forgetfulness, a table steeped in coffee-stains. Home. I loved it and it loved me back—almost as living as I was.  There is no small part of me that thanks that place for keeping me alive. But … Read More