by Kendra Jeong-Espinosa She never saw the marigolds, the blooms that grew today, Releasing airy flecks of gold that rose into the grey; Their petals in the sunlight burned and then, as ash, to earth returned As if to leave a parting word Before they blew away. She would have loved the marigolds, although she … Continue reading Marigolds/Cempasúchil

The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part V)

Start from Part I The shade cast by the temporary altar let the summer heat trickle through, enough to tug at the armpits but not enough to complain about if you stuffed yourself into tuxes so many nights a week you practically lived in one. Xiyuan had slept in stiffer collars and worse conditions. Disregarding … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part V)

The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part IV)

Start from Part I Myshuno Meadows, for all the work the landscapers took to cram as much nature as possible into a painfully efficient 64x64 grid, wasn't so much the oasis the city planners told people it was. There was a turf-war feel to the skyscrapers closing in on all four sides, like the park … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part IV)

The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part III)

Start from Part I "Your children?" here I have an excuse for starting hella in medias res: the last four parts of this chapter are a single-take deal ft. every main character whose name doesn't start with C "Yeah, were you watching Hector at the funeral? He was staring at me the whole time like … Continue reading The Reaper’s White Elephant (Part III)

Is this Loss?

Missing persons Willow Creek Missing persons hotline Willow Creek Dr. Jeong-Espinosa news News missing persons Missing persons search party organization Missing spouse help No matter how she permuted it, each of Jo's search terms took her back to the same horrifically dry government website, http://www.wcpd.sim/missing-persons, on it a curated set of names and pictures, captioned … Continue reading Is this Loss?

No Place for a Heroine

"Kendra. What's that fucking thing in the middle of your living room?" Kendra was in the kitchen with her back to Wyatt. But from context, he was likely referring to the seven-fingered poledancing tentacle in the middle of her living room. "I don't know. Someone dumped it outside the trailer park and I fell in … Continue reading No Place for a Heroine

Guide Me, North Star

(Synopsis: We go hard on a holiday special centered around Jasper's first Winterfest. Shu antagonizes Jo by crashing the J.-E. festivities. Charlie talks about BPD and ants. Set some time aside for this one; I promise it's worth the read.) "Jasper! Look over here!" The youngest Jeong-Espinosa had already made plans to taste the arm … Continue reading Guide Me, North Star

Charlie & Josephine J.-E.: I Call Shotgun! Pt. II

Power couple Char-Jo just got news they're harboring an unplanned, but wanted, Sim fetus. For more information, consult this goofy-ass fish Josephine left the workforce when Charlie became Chief, s.t. her priorities are now coming up with baby names that accurately reflect her priorities/the geography/modern naming trends, etc., finding a place in the stone-susceptible house … Continue reading Charlie & Josephine J.-E.: I Call Shotgun! Pt. II

Charlie J.-E./Josephine Liu: I Call Shotgun! Pt. I

(Yep; Part I. It's another twofer.) Some men cascade with emotion like water over a cliff. Charlie isn't one of them. Post an adolescence-long conversation with the night sky and people's shoes, an early career spent touching his patients too lightly to the point where the lack of contact became kind of creepy, and a … Continue reading Charlie J.-E./Josephine Liu: I Call Shotgun! Pt. I