Filthy concrete stairs.
The stench of urine and vomit drifts upward with growing intensity.
Reaching the steel door at the bottom, you open it swiftly, because you have been holding your breath.
Stepping over beer cans, cigarette butts and used needles, you wonder, “Why don’t I just take the streetcar?”
Michelle is a contributing author in the soon-to-be released Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of Canada. She writes non-fiction, fiction and poetry. A regular Human Interest contributor for several local publications in Alliston, Ontario, Michelle really enjoys micro-fiction! In March 2017, she was longlisted as a semi-finalist at the Ontario Writers Conference (OWC) Story Starters Contest
; and in April 2016, she was shortlisted as a finalist, also at the OWC-SSC
“He fell. Hard. We’ve called 911.”
I was terrified. His eyes were closed.
“Severe concussion,” they say. Serious head trauma.
“CT is clear. No bleed. He needs rest.”
No contact sports. No TV. No colouring.
“Physical and cognitive rest.”
How do I possibly keep a six-year-old boy still?
Michelle is a freelance writer; who writes both fiction and non-fiction. She is a regular contributor to the Briar Crier Magazine, and has had her work featured recently in the Voice of the Farmer newspaper, and the Focus 50+ newspaper. In April 2016, she was shortlisted as a finalist at the Ontario Writers Conference Story Starters Contest
I wake to familiar tapping on my fingers.
I live with my family of five and seven others. Among the seven are a young girl and a grumpy old man. He says he belongs. She looks for her mum.
No cupboards flapping; it’s not your cliché haunting. This isn’t Hollywood.
Michelle is a freelance writer who writes both fiction and non-fiction. She is a regular contributor to the Briar Crier Magazine and has had her work featured recently in the Voice of the Farmer newspaper and the Focus 50+ newspaper. In April 2016 she was shortlisted as a finalist at the Ontario Writers Conference Story Starters Contest.