A Chalk Outline in New Mexico

It was a struggle, but I kept my eyes open until the end of the movie. My friend and I were cramped in the back of a van we’d been driving across the United States for a month and it was starting to smell like shit. It made sense though, I mean if you’re partying…

In Russia, Vodka Drinks You

I was wearing thermal underwear, 2 shirts and a ski jacket, but I was still freezing my balls off. The dining carriage was supposed to have central heating but there’d been no sign of it since we’d left Moscow, and instead we were forced to find solace in the copious amounts of cheap, good quality…

The Long Way to the Top

I was starting to think I’d overdressed. We’d set off a little later than intended and the sun sat high in the sky and reflected off the snow stretched all around us. Drops of sweat were starting to pool under my ski jacket so I stripped down to just a t-shirt, and put the jacket,…

Digging out of a Hole (part 2 of 2)

Work the next day helped keep my mind off the sleepless night, but a few shifts later I came home to my roommate with tools set out on his bed ready to cook up. I tried to chat with him and pretend I was unfazed, but it was obvious I was intruding. I left and…

Digging into a hole (Part 1 of 2)

I peeled open the envelope with nervous hands and fumbled over the letter to read. It had been a long time coming and as I read the words of acceptance my heart swelled with pride. It was only a carpentry apprenticeship, but when you’re 16 these kinds of things take up your entire world. Our…

I Never Said I Love You

We met on Tinder. The flirtation with online dating wasn’t my proudest moment, but not for a second do I regret it. I swiped right because in one of your photos you had this smile that lit up your face and shone bright from your eyes, and it absolutely killed me. God knows why you…

The Kindness of Strangers

I took my ticket from the little hole below the speaker where you pass your cash through. “Grazie”, I said. But the tired, old lady behind the glass was already serving another customer and I went to find my friend. “OK, so platform six to Naples, then we buy another ticket and change there for…