Tara’s Story Part 1

“Hello? Who’s this?” Tara said slowly. “It’s Tamy. Obviously.” her sister’s voice crackled through the walkie-talkie. Tara grinned, peering over the edge of the counter. She lifted the walkie-talkie to her mouth. “I can’t believe these actually work.” “Neither can I,” Tamy crackled. Tara sat on the icy tile, grinning like a maniac. “Do youContinue reading “Tara’s Story Part 1”

Family Ties: interlude

“My head hurts,” Tara muttered, burying her face in her knees. Tamy leaned against the desk, shutting her eyes. “Mine does too.” The house creaked; probably Quinn creeping down the stairs to get breakfast. “This whole time Nick was just pretending to spy on himself with powers the spy was trying to discover?” Tamy triedContinue reading “Family Ties: interlude”

Family Ties: Carnival Stand Scams

“You have fun with that,” Tamy called. Quinn didn’t appear to hear her. Tamy could have blamed it on the packed walkways of the park, the roaring of a red roller coaster car over their heads, but she didn’t. She sighed as Quinn disappeared into the buzzing crowd. “I’m sure he’ll have fun standing inContinue reading “Family Ties: Carnival Stand Scams”

Family Ties: Super-save Mart

They took the bikes, because they wanted to look normal. They left the unspoken question of what normal meant anymore hanging in the front yard, waiting for them to return like some sort of hungry ghost.
“You have money?” Tamy asked.
“Of course. I found it in Alex’s desk.”
Tamy’s feet stopped pedaling. “You stole it from Alex?”

Family Ties: like normal talk.

Tamy plastered a smile over her grinding teeth, bell peppers and pork sticking from her lips. She swallowed forcefully. “Can I have the water please?” she asked their mother.
Their mother blinked, gaze focusing. “What was that, Tamy?”
“I asked for the water,” she repeated.

Family Ties: Disappearing Act

Tamy fretted over her suitcase. She’d forgotten to check what Tara was wearing today, so she didn’t know which color she should try and match with. Not that it really mattered. They’d stopped doing that in fourth grade, when they stopped looking quite as similar. But today it did matter. A tiny bit. She glancedContinue reading “Family Ties: Disappearing Act”

Family Ties: mysterious summer morning

The deep cupboard was still empty, despite Tamy staring into it. She stepped back and sighed at the other cupboards above the counter. Surely their mother had cereal somewhere. The tile prickled coldly against her feet, so she hopped onto the counter. But then that was cold against her feet too, so she jumped backContinue reading “Family Ties: mysterious summer morning”

Family Ties: So-called Alex

“So is Alex not going to be around for two entire weeks?” Tara asked. Tamy carefully lowered the bedframe back to the floor. “You mean we shouldn’t move the bed?” “No, keep going.” Tamy sighed, but lifted the frame, straining for leverage so she could pick the entire thing up and lean it against theContinue reading “Family Ties: So-called Alex”

Family Ties: You knew we were coming

Of course, everybody was home. Tamy could tell even before she’d creaked the door all the way open. The shadows moving by the wall, someone sucking a breath in. She glanced at Tara, weighed down by backpack and suitcase, and tried to point with her eyes. Tara deflated, ever so slightly. Tamy pushed the doorContinue reading “Family Ties: You knew we were coming”