Lose the Mask

Lose the Mask

She saunters toward the swinging double doors, quickening her step as an usher pulls them open. A beaming smile brightens her face and, like a contagion, spreads to his.

“Good morning! And how are you today?”

Her eyes glitter with well-rehearsed sincerity when she replies, “I’m good. Thank you.”

As she eases into an empty seat and exchanges pleasantries with her neighbors, no one sees her attempts at happiness for what they are: a mask.

Because Christians are supposed to be happy, right? If you’ve ‘found Jesus’ as the saying goes, then the troubles of this world should no longer affect you.

Greater is He, after all.

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Did You Get My Leaf?

Did You Get My Leaf?

Life flies by in a series of moments, and no two are ever exactly the same. Some days are a smooth sail on still waters, while others are a churning squall that leaves you limp, drifting, bruised, and bleeding. This particular day was a storm, and I spent most of it battling an ache in my chest that throbbed unceasingly, unaffected by books or movies or food or any other pebbles I tossed in a vain attempt to distract the monster feeding on my sanity.

We’ve all heard the voices: You’re ugly…insignificant…unimportant…unloved…utterly alone. Maybe for you it whispers something different, but the goal is the same.

To destroy.

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Jump

Jump

The concept for this story began with a jump of my own.

Actually no, let me start over.

I was brutally shoved from my warm nest of predictable outcomes and forced to spread my wings or die–but that is too wordy a title.

Ashley and I had flown to Austin, Texas together: two authors excitedly attending a writer’s conference that would alter their lives. However, getting home proved more of a challenge. An ice storm (yes, I did say Texas…an ice storm in Texas) grounded our flight, and we were up until the wee hours of the morning waiting to speak to a human being who could get us on a plane. Any plane.

It was during our two hour wait that Ashley penned her amusing flash fiction account of a woman on hold with a representative from Hell.

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