near to us once more

Thanksgiving used to be Riley’s favorite time of year.  She’d loved the smell of the  turkey cooking in the oven, the smiles on her parents’ faces as they all worked together, bumping up against each other in the small kitchen.  It had always been just the four of them, but that had never made her feel lonely.  

White Tiles

The sound of a slight scuffle across the bathroom floor brought  Cathy’s purple Converse to Elise’s attention, which now were waiting for her outside the stall door. She sat, perfectly silent and still, as if that would help anything.