the other woman

The night that her stepfather bashed in her mum’s face, Delilah learned more about Ann Catherine than she did during the rest of their seventeen years together. Domestic violence is not always what you’d expect. And Delilah’s memory of sitting with her mum, staring at her colorful, swollen face, is oddly a sweet one. Husband […]

the third installment

Steve owns a couple of other houses in addition to the chalet where he and I work together. (That’s right. I just used the word chalet. Leave me alone. I know what I’m doing.) One of the properties is a recent purchase of which Steve’s very proud. A modest yet stately dwelling in the historic district, […]

a season to break me

You still don’t know me. Next time, I’m going to say, “How hard can it be?” over my shoulder, as I’m walking away. But in the meantime, let me give you this. (It’s a magic decoder ring.) Scenario One: You stop by my house. The lawn has not been tended, but there are stripped crayons […]

the client, revisited

Things aren’t precisely okay with Steve anymore. I’m not sure how to explain it. Somehow, behind my back, my relationship with Steve has gone from being a super cute my-boss-is-my-surrogate-father sketch to a slippery conflagration of our combined manias. Upon reflection, Steve was smart. He took things very slowly. He romanced me for weeks with […]

you were supposed to be happy

I’ve gone off the meds, so one way or another, we’re in for an adventure. As is true of most of my affairs, this decision was made with a dedicated lack of forethought. One day, a woman who was supposed to go to the pharmacy to pick up her prescription simply didn’t go. And by the […]