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Dark Memories"Dark Memories"
Short Story by: Tara B. Ball
(All characters and story rights reserved by author)
His mind swam in the dreariness of his college surroundings. A heaviness fell slowly over him as he tried to stay awake for the droll lecture that seemed to go on forever. College life was exciting most of the time with the few friends he made, but today seemed unusually upsetting. Even the professor didn't seem very amused by what he was saying at the front of the classroom. There were at least twenty students, including David, but only half were taking notes.
Closing his English text book loudly, he scuffled for his back pack beside him on the floor as he stood up from his desk. "Where do you think you're going, Mr. Geraci? Your exam for my class is in three days."
Even though he heard every word the man said, he walked past him as if he were never there. Moments later, David opened and closed the classroom door abruptly, causing the other students to gasp in surprise. Not missing a beat
Crown of ThornsShe wakes up with red staining her pillow
and the taste of blood like iron in her mouth
It stains her teeth and leaks from her lips, and as she
rinses her mouth out, she can’t help thinking that
it’s better than dirt and ashes
it feels like she’s wearing a noose
of broken promises and shattered glass
that tightens around her throat with every day that passes
She nails a smile to her face
and doesn't let herself think the word dying
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