The Reunion

The Reunion

(Written by Ran Manansala) She left the airport to dine in the nearest café. Her fingers tapped the wooden top rhythmically, pout lips humming a tune. She could not help but reminisce. The smell of his aftershave lingered in her thoughts. The anticipation rose every…

She Made Me Do It

She Made Me Do It

Right now, I hate her for coming into my life and with all her might tried to make me hike and climb. I spent so much on climbing gear and shoes just to please her but, I never used them. For thirty-five years, I have…

The Sea that Separates Us

The Sea that Separates Us

She gingerly picked up the pen and looked out into the window. She misses him. They have not seen each other for a year. She cried at the thought of him waiting for her return. The paper was crisp white and new. Smelling of the…

TANDEM BIKE

TANDEM BIKE

(Written by Lydia Villacrusis) We always moved in tandem: sang as a duet; partnered on the dance floor; did back-to-back seminars; shared CLP talks; jointly raised the kids; prayed hand-in-hand. It was no big surprise when one day, he brought home a tandem bike, a…

That Girl in the Floral Dress

That Girl in the Floral Dress

(Written by Sofia Barton) I was in a record store looking for a Miles Davis that day.  Right across the room, she stood there, fixated on counting her change that the cashier just handed over. She walked hurriedly my direction, near the exit, and unknowingly bumped…

GRIEF

GRIEF

“We’re home sweetheart!” She excitedly entered the house while her husband held the door open for her. She held her baby close to her chest and kissed the small delicate face lovingly. “Aren’t you glad we’re home dear?” She looked at him beaming. He smiled…

SMITTEN

SMITTEN

“You are beautiful.” He blurted this out. His eyes sappy and looking for answers in her entrancing face. The bus was filling up with passengers and he knew he had to say it before everyone else hears him. She looked up at him and looked…