THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 260

Looking Ahead

Because spring has been in the air
for a while now,
I was looking ahead to summer
and whatever promises it could bring.
Perhaps a trip out of state
where something life changing
would happen.
But that’s only in movies.
Gary and I would hang out,
unless he takes a trip
out of state and has a life-changing
But there would be nothing for the archives.
Just the school casting its large shadow
over my life
until I returned to it.
And Liz. Would she return?
But first… exams,
the mystery of the key,
and forgetting about my ex-crush.

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THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 259


On my way back
from guidance,
I collided
with my ex-crush.
I thought he did it on purpose.
Putting his hands on my shoulders,
he caught me before I went spinning
down the hall like a pinball.
“Hey,” he said.
“Did you break up with him?”
“I’m not going to,” I said.
I threw away every single
formerly precious
memento of you.
I am trying to convince myself
that you no longer exist,
so please go away.

But those fancy words
didn’t make it out of my mouth.
I left him
standing there
with his mouth open.

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THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 258

What’s Best

I hugged Liz,
and she started to cry
so hard people stared.
“I’m so dumb!” she wailed.
“I should be smart
like you.”
Her voice became
an almost theatrical whisper.
“I can’t abort it.
I just can’t.
It’s my kid.
No matter what anyone says,
it’s my kid.
I know I never wanted it,
but now it’s mine.”
I did the only thing
I could do,
and walked her
to the guidance office,
sat with her,
and tried to get her
to calm down enough
to talk to someone
who might know best
even though they might not
fully understand.

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