He wakes up still groggy. He feels heavy, even his thoughts are slow and sluggish. He’s a little hungry, but its easy to ignore. It probably isn’t dinner yet. He goes back to sleep. He wakes a few more times, he’s probably going to be exhausted if he’s getting this little sleep. At least its … Continue reading A Voice From The Stars Chapter 4: Ryan
The car slows and Alex’s shoulder bumps against the passenger seat as they turn. They don’t pick up speed again. They stop. Alex yanks his head up with a gasp, looking around. They’re in a driveway. A simple gravel thing, there’s a spacious front lawn, with a large tree in front of the house, there’s … Continue reading A Voice From the Stars Chapter 3: Alex
Alex looks up. There’s a car. Some kind of sedan or something. SUV? Alex doesn’t know shit about cars. He blinks rain out of his eyes, his hair is plastered to his forehead, cold and wet, just like the rest of him. The car’s brake lights are burning in his eyes. Alex keeps walking.
Every night, precisely at six PM, Ryan lays out a nutritious meal for four. Children need good, balanced meals, they need schedules to keep them on track. The social workers said so. Every night, Ryan sits alone at a table, a nutritious meal for four slowly going cold. The plates are empty, the chairs are empty. All but one. Ryan is alone. Ryan is so alone.