The Summer of Being
Duncan said “No. Wait…” and that’s where it all began. He didn’t know then what was going to happen, he hadn’t ever heard the fable of the “summer romance,” he didn’t think at all, he just knew he didn’t want her to turn and leave. He felt his heart drop right out through the soles of his feet, taking all his breath away with it, and he knew he didn’t want her to turn and leave.
The Dinosaur and the Dragon Lady
Morry married his childhood sweetheart. He married her twice, actually. He married her the first time the day after he graduated from high school, and they had to lie about their age and the state they lived in in order to do it. It had no legal standing, and neither one of them considered it any more (or any less) than a morally binding lifetime commitment to each other.
The Bumbler’s Apprentice
Streep thought he had it all figured out. He was apprenticed by mistake to a know-nothing old buffoon, Basil the Buffoon, who refused to teach him anything because Basil had no Gift except the curse of jealousy. Streep was destined to be a great wizard. He was going places, just as soon as he got past this one little trouble. Then along comes Bruno. Make me a sword, and just like that, his life is in turmoil. Make me a sword as long as you are tall, taller, even, just a bit, make me a sword that long and then I’ll go away and leave you alone. But now his life will never be the same.
The Back Porch
Kevin is seventeen years old. He is a senior in high school. He has never had a girlfriend, never kissed a girl, never touched a girl. He has never gone to the same school two years in a row. The closest he’s ever come, and only twice, is to start one year at the same school where he finished the year before. And then one day, when they get home, their mother meets them at the door. “Get packed. We’re going to (Michigan or California or Florida or Vermont). You can take one box.” Sometimes two. Or a suitcase. You can’t get it in there, you leave it behind.