To my grandpa—I love you always. An unacknowledged fear divides us, holds us back with steel, rolled and cold, drawing the warmth of our hands every time we dare touch the edge. We keep a safe distance. We observe each other, one hand outstretched, the rain of the skies falling all around us. The rain […]


Short story, 6303 words. Living in an apartment with her late mother’s friend in New York, all 18-year-old Elise Cady wants is to not talk to anyone. However, when her mother’s friend sends her off to work for an accomplished and enigmatic business woman, she can’t help but be pushed out of her comfort zone.