It’s still summer and I can see my breath as I sit staring at the grey linoleum floor in this shoebox of brick walls they deemed my office. There is barely any room for my desk let alone space for me to guide my students if they ever need help. But this is what I’ve […]Read more "Code of Ethics | Schools Out Series"
As the class dismissed, I watched the students file out of the room one, two, three at a time. As the classroom emptied and I said goodbye to the first day of class, I looked up to see her still sitting in her seat, stonefaced. Our lives had taken us on two different paths of […]Read more "No Excuses | Schools Out Series"
I’ve walked this campus numerous times. I remember my first kiss under the tree by Pollock dorms and falling on the ice during winter near the chem lab. I remember feeling scared and embarrassed about being just myself while sitting in the cafeteria studying. I had friends and enemies in all corners of this campus […]Read more "First Day of School | Schools Out Series"
The silence has been deafening. I miss Caroline more than I can explain. Since the night I stormed out I haven’t heard a word from her nor have I attempted to contact her. The urge to apologize was real, but I didn’t want to explain it. I didn’t want to tell her that I was […]Read more "Leaving time | The Bare Essentials Series"
It happened in slow motion, my worst fear was literally unfolding right before my eyes. With a huge crash, I watched her head bounce off the floor as the room turned to stop and stare. My first thought was “shit that’s not good”, second thought was “thank god it wasn’t me”, third thought was “well […]Read more "Early Finish | (The Bare Essentials Series)"
“Where have you been?” Caroline said with a flare of dramatics as if I stepped off the face of the earth. “Around.” “What’s that suppose to mean?” “I had a life crisis jeez get off my back it’s not like you are my mother.” “I may not be, but your mother has been calling me for […]Read more "Possibly Illegal | (The Bare Essential Series)"
“Sometimes we need to escape, from life, emotions, an ex. But the big question is how to do this without being told I’m “dissociating” ( I actually used air quotes explaining this to my therapist).” I said with frustration wrapping my voice in a blanket. “Like honestly why can’t I just have a good wrestle […]Read more "Forbidden Affair | (The Bare Essentials Series)"
“Abstances makes the heart grow founder and balls bluer. Here’s the thing blue balls are not just a thing with men. How do I know? Because I’ve had them. This is when Tinder comes in handy and I’m wistfully sliding up and down on some man’s Johnny Rocket withing a few hours.” This probably wasn’t the best […]Read more "Blondie | (The Bare Essentials Series)"
“Vivian, why are you sleeping around?” my therapist asked. “Why don’t you?” “That’s not the question.” “Well, does it really matter why?” “To understand your behavior it will.” Behavior, like what have I done so damn wrong? It’s not like I’m not being cautious, there’s a reason I order bulk in condoms. “Are you calling […]Read more "Solo Prostitution | (The Bare Essentials Series)"
Not even a week into my one on one therapy and here I sit devouring chocolate. It’s smooth and sweet, just like the adventure I meet in London. A New Year a new me, or so the saying goes, but around 12:30 am on New Year’s day, I was back to my old self. Guess […]Read more "London Boy | (The Bare Essentials Series)"