My Refuge and Fortress: Surrender

Clara felt the cool night air against her skin, it was 2:00 am and she hadn’t slept a wink.  She could hear Ringo breathing in his bed a few feet away.  It had been a long evening and she’d gone to bed reluctantly knowing it was more of an empty gesture than anything else.  She … Continue reading My Refuge and Fortress: Surrender

My Refuge and Fortress: Dog Park Date

Clara showed up at the dog park a few minutes early.  She’d been on her computer all morning filling out more job applications.  Time was running out and something near panic welled just beneath the surface of her emotions.  The fall air was crisp and it felt good to her skin as she made her … Continue reading My Refuge and Fortress: Dog Park Date

My Refuge and Fortress: Making Conversation

Laura hung up the phone and sighed deeply.  She’d called Clara several times in the last few days and each time her calls went to voice mail.  “Why won’t you answer?” She muttered to herself but it was really more of a cry toward heaven.  She and Clara had been fast friends; they’d shared a … Continue reading My Refuge and Fortress: Making Conversation

My Refuge and Fortress: Well-Meaning

The sun rose early in Clara’s apartment, not that it mattered, she’d been awake most of the night anyway.  How dare the sun rise as though nothing was wrong?  And, to add insult to injury, the alarm went off reminding her she had no reason to get out of bed, no reason for it to … Continue reading My Refuge and Fortress: Well-Meaning

My Refuge and Fortress: Emptiness

Clara stared out the window of the fast moving train.  There was nothing but darkness to see minus the occasional flicker of light slightly illuminating the tunnel.  The ride on the train was long and the slightest whiff of something rank she couldn’t quite identify was bothersome.  Sitting next to her was an older gentlemen … Continue reading My Refuge and Fortress: Emptiness