Morning, Joe

Morning, Joe These days, every school has a “Joe”: someone to provide a sly shot of the banned pick-me-up to keep you sharp. I did business in the basement art room, killed years ago by budget cuts. Just before first period Principal Singh walked in. My heart raced but my expression remained bored. “Morning, Joe.”…

Invisible

Invisible Gavin woke up on a Thursday to find that he was invisible. His first thought was that his mirror was malfunctioning. When his sleep-rusted brain realized that this wasn’t a thing, he considered very briefly that he might be a vampire now and just couldn’t see himself in the mirror. He looked down at…

Fire Drill, COVID-Style

Fire Drill, COVID-Style “Just because things aren’t actually ‘normal’ right now, doesn’t mean we’re going to jeopardize your safety,” the principal’s voice said over the speaker. He had the desperately forced cheerfulness of a man who has said “Six weeks from now, tops” for over a year and counting. “Remember, if we change even one…

Cay and the Homework Chase

Cay and the Homework Chase Cay lived in a house on the Moon with his mom and dad and rocket-dog Squiddie. He went to elementary school every day, but he could not walk there. His school was on Earth. It was Monday and Cay was very tired. He had been playing moon-golf with his friends…