Defending a Friend:

There was a boy in my class who against all expectation, was bullied worse than I had been. He was heavy set, dark skinned, and had a stutter. Sometimes when he talked, spittle would fly from his mouth. I let G1 sit with me, because despite his difficulties, he was nice enough.…

A Former Classmate:

One of my classmates was a girl who had also been in my class during 3rd and 4th grade. She was extremely shy and kept to herself every bit as much as did I, and so we had never spoken before. One day as we left an assembly and headed toward the playground for recess, she called to me.…

Alien Dream:

I can’t recall exactly when lucid dreams became the standard experience, but I’d been having them since I had been a toddler, and since that time, they had never been particularly shocking to me. I was sitting on the front porch, staring off toward Chocolate Drop mountain. A cool breeze rustled the pepper leaves overhead, and I thought how the thrusters of alien mecha must disturb them in much the same way.…

The Glade:

There were many seasonal creeks which ran through the canyon, combining with the largest creek at various points. The largest of these tributaries ran all year, but with a widely varying rate of flow. A half mile or so up this waterway, past the last few homes on the bottom end of Mountain View road, a concrete slab which purportedly served as a dam provided an easy access to the rivulet’s unexplored and overgrown upper paths.…

Grab:

Sitting on one of the lunch tables that had become my refuge, I ate at a cheese sandwich with little interest. One of the boys in my class came up to me and asked what I was doing. J1 was one I hadn’t had problems with, but his loud, cocky attitude gave me ample cause to give him a wide distance.…