The Devil and Jeff

The Devil and Jeff

I wake to find the devil sitting near my bed. "Good morning, Jeff," he says. I rub my eyes. I am, obviously, delusional. Phantoms of evil don't just appear next to your nightstand, ready for an early morning chat. I blink. He's still there, not some horned, fork tongued little imp with a pointy tail [...]

A Good Year

A Good Year

The temple priest stood atop a high ridge. Deep blue water flowed down a ravine behind him and poured into the dark of the caves that cut sharply into the crust of the earth. Water, the lifeblood of the valley, flowed through the caves in a cool current, pushing and pulling with the throb of [...]

In the White City

In the White City

"Can you run?" he asked. "I don't know," she said, prodding and testing her ankle. She stood up, took a few halting steps then winced and fell back to the ground. "It's okay," he said. Eiko looked around the stone courtyard. Vines trailed over the heavy white slabs and grasses popped up out of cracks [...]

Deeper Than the Silence

Deeper Than the Silence

Drums. Pulsing in the background, slow and throbbing. The kind of sound that you feel, the pressure of it coursing through the air, pushing and pulling on your ears and eyes. They are coming. "Get up." Williams was already awake. Terns dragged himself to a sit. I kicked Davis in the ribs to get him [...]

The White Leopard

The White Leopard

That I cannot speak does not mean that I am silent.  The pumping heartbeat, the hissing intake of breath, the endless creaking of bones – I do not need a voice to be heard.  When I sat, waiting patiently in the blind in the high tree, I did not wait to hear men’s voices – [...]

The Pit

The Pit

I'm only telling you this because I have to. They say that telling it helps, that dragging the words out from my insides and into the world will give me some clarity.  Or maybe it was lucidity.  Or maybe it was both.  I don’t remember.  But even if I don’t believe them, I suppose I’m [...]

Look to the Sky

Look to the Sky

…and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:17 ----- “‘Hace mucho tiempo, cuando sueños aún tenía capacidad...’  I remember the words clearly now, but I still don’t know what they mean.” “Why didn’t you ask Eduardo to translate them [...]

A Mighty Soul

A Mighty Soul

The woods are never solitary--they are full of whispering, beckoning, friendly life. But the sea is a mighty soul, forever moaning of some great, unshareable sorrow, which shuts it up into itself for all eternity. Lucy Maud Montgomery ----- Prologue Slowly and noiselessly, the candle was burning out.  Once, in its death throes, it flashed [...]

The Isle

The Isle

Golden light moves with the silken grace of a dancer, across the rolling waves.  Sunset.  Behind me, amber leaves crown aging trees and the ground slopes ever upward to the distant, snow-capped peaks.  I feel the cool, frail blades of grass beneath my bare feet as I sit, my knees held tight to my chest.  [...]