Christmas With Gina

Matt watched as Cam played happily with the toys he got for Christmas from both sets of grandparents, Uncle Joel and Aunt Kira, Tanner and Melania and him. He didn't seem to mind that he wasn't going to be spending Christmas with his little cousin, Matthew. Matt had told him that this year, just he …

Halal Dating

So, a group of us from the university were hanging out at Eastern Food Bazaar. I was sitting next to Anele. We're at the counter getting our food. I try not to stare at her but I can't help it. Since I've been at the university and this is my last year, I've never met …

The Abandoned Barn

It was Sunday afternoon and they had decided to go for a drive since it was such a beautiful day. They ventured outside of London and ended up in a rural area where they espied what looked like an abandoned barn. Dushan parked the car and they crossed the overgrown field to the sprawling structure. …

Dushan’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

"Would you like to go for a walk?" Dushan asked Chioma. It was Valentine's Day and they were at his flat. They had just finished having dinner. As promised he made Bryndzové Halušky, dumplings with sheep’s cheese but instead of bacon he used Shitake Mushrooms. "My mother substituted the bacon with chicken or turkey because …

Movie, Porridge & The First Kiss

Dushan stood up and pulled on his coat over his denim shirt and jeans. It was time to head down to the JW3 Center where he was meeting Chioma. They were going to see the movie, Mothering Sunday. He was really looking forward to seeing her again. He grabbed his wallet and keys. After locking …

The Last Day in Hanoi

She sat in her room. Today was their last day in Hanoi. In a few hours they were going to be on a plane heading back to Chicago. She didn't want to leave. She was afraid that things would go back to how they were between Ryker and her--friends and colleagues--well, director and assistant. There …

Lunch With Curtis

"So, how are things between you and Curtis?" Marsha asked Jodie. Jodie turned to look at her, a slight smile on her face. "They're going well," she replied. "I'm having lunch with him in an hour." "Good. I'm happy to hear that. I was beginning to think that another year would go by and you …

Monifa’s Whereabouts

It was one of those misty mornings in the summer. It reminded him of the times Monifa and he went for walks. He remembered that it was on the morning of Holy Thursday when he had told her about the hot cross buns his mother used to make every year for Good Friday because it …

Linh’s Annual Visit

Thao's wife arrived that afternoon and Thao had called Marguerite before leaving the office to let her know he was on his way to the airport. Marguerite had hoped that his wife have called to say that she couldn't come this summer but, no such luck. She was going to have to put up with …

Meeting Michelle

The next morning (Tuesday) he met Michelle. When he saw her his mind immediately went to Betsy Ming, the Cranberry shag carpet and glinting gizmos. She was a girl from school who had invited him over to her parents' house when no one was at home to show him her father's fancy gadgets but they …

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