Write a story about someone whose job is to make miracles happen, literally or figuratively.
Posted in Middle School on Nov 1, 2022
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“To Let Death Steal the Last Kiss” by Jay McKenzie
(CW:death)At dawn they swing from the gallows. They sway towards Hell, pitch for Heaven, dance in limbo. Everyone in the square holds their breath at the cracking moment, a yellow fog of expectant inhalations against the tea-stained sky. The bell tolls. The scaffold creaks, splintered and umber and steadfast.On the outskirts of the town to the west, and in the hills gazing over the valley, a century of distraught mothers - keening, breaking - swear vengeance into the guts of the lords. <...
“Nothing But Blue Skies” by Kevin Broccoli
Your husband tells me you can’t sleep.I explained to him--Is his name Frank? I explained to Frank that it’s not that you’re not sleeping. It’s that you’re not sleeping well. You’re getting some sleep here and there whether you know it or not. The trouble is that it’s of no quality. Sleep is like food--there’s the good kind and the bad kind. You’re getting potato chip sleep. You need carrot stick sleep. Did you ever show your children the food pyramid when they were younger? Not that it’s any of my business ...
“Under the Spell of the Morning Star” by Riel Rosehill
It’s been a hundred days; one tenth of my punishment.Shrouded in the black of a storm cloud, in the damp, smothering scent of rain I kneel there with my eyes closed. Thunder rumbles. Electric pulses ruffle my soaking feathers, sting my skin. My hair is dripping, my wet tunic sticks to me as cold drops of rain trickle down my body. Every second of every day. Without light.In this desperate darkness, all that’s lucid are my worst memories.Fear flashing in the g...
“It Takes a Child” by Murray Burns
It Takes A Child(Reference to domestic violence) It was indeed an unusual sight, a small child walking alone on the side of a dusty county road. He appeared to have proper upbringing as he was well dressed and walked on the correct side of the road, well off onto the shoulder. The sun was still sitting low in the sky, but he was observed by many as they retrieved their morning paper, let their dog out, or watered the perennials’ spring shoots. For some, curtains were pulled aside to get a b...
“I Met a Miracle Worker Once” by Robert Gilgoff
I met a miracle worker once. I hadn’t planned to. I don’t think she knew she was a miracle worker. She was humble, kind, smart, maybe in her late thirties. She had long dark hair; spoke English with a lovely Portuguese accent. More than likely it doesn’t occur to most miracle workers that their presence, their being, along with whatever skill set they should have, impacts others so profoundly.I had been having dinner with my family, a beautiful June evening, when the phone rang. There are many paths one may take in life....
“The True Believer” by Charlotte Morse
For Ben, birthdays were always wonderful, Easter just too delicious, Halloween gloriously scary, but Christmas? Christmas was the highlight of his year! It always had been and probably always will be. His belief in Santa real and his long-held dream as one of Santa’s elves, remained ever true – but he was now 21!“You need to tell him Charlotte. He’s an adult now.” Ryan’s eyes were almost accusing as he spoke those words.His knowledge of leaning disability and judgement...
“What Art is All About” by Carolyn Brown
The contemplative woman was taking a long time looking at each painting. Longer than uninterested people usually looked. The artist, Adelaide, wondered what she was thinking. Maybe this one wasn’t pondering the usual, totally unique things that sprang into people’s heads at an art show. Why would anyone paint that? Does it match my couch? Why does it cost so much? How do I sneak out w...
“The Price of Miracles” by Ivy Hodges
I live in wet city sidewalks, puddled with acidic rain. I live in clouds wrapping tenderly around grey-glass skyscrapers. I live in the sigh and bow of heavy tree limbs, hanging over residential streets. Where there is beauty in a city, I live. The timorous hopes of millions of humans close together allow me to be. I’m rarely corporeal. What little energy I still have after all these millennia, I rarely waste on...
“The Future Link” by Tony Coppo
“Grimes! Grimes!” Elon listened to the clatter in the kitchen.“Here I am,” Grimes panted, she dried her wet hands on a tip of her apron. “Honey, I finally figured it out! I'm the inventor of the Future Link.”“Don't be difficult. What have you invented this time?”Elon looked at Grimes as if she were asking an alien for directions to church.“You can actually see your future. Just sit down here.”She sighed.“Just ...
“Decalogue for your next travel to South America” by Ren B
It all began when, after 10 years of living in the U.S. I took a trip back to my hometown. As usual, LAX was packed, flights were delayed, too many announcements, and irritable; I was starving. For sure, the most stupid way to start my journey. The check-in line was long; the elderly couple behind me had a hard time, so I helped them get their luggage to the counter. The woman behind me said “Thank you!” and handed me a small card with the image of an angel. I took it and put it in my wallet, not knowing what it meant.“G...
“All in a Day's Work” by Tiffany Dugan
Being the Saint of Missing Things is no easy job. The requests come in constantly, some in the form of letters and notes that drop through the old brass mail slot in the door and pile up in a huge mountain on the floor. The mail slot is necessary because there are still people who prefer to write down their thoughts, even in the Digital Age. Other requests come in through email and then there are the texts. There are ev...
“Cause and Effect” by Greg Gillis
“Come in! Come in!” the middle-aged man called out as the young family entered the doors of “Miraculous Inception,” a company that offers miracles to those who qualify. Hans Gruber, the salesman, asked them to have a seat upon a comfortable navy-colored sofa, while he took a seat in a matching chair opposite the family. “What mi...
“All in a Day's Work” by Robert Bennett
Bzzzzzzzzzz. The constant droning hum made Gabby's neck and shoulders ache. It was this constant, incessant sound that just seemed to drill into her skull and set her teeth on edge. And, for whatever reason, it was absolutely atrocious today. "Guhhh!" she cried out in annoyance to no one in particular. "Problem?" Mike called from the other room. "No. It's nothing." she said with a deep sigh. She reached ou...
“Sauce of Anarchy” by Jim Firth
It was briefing week at Genie Alliance headquarters. Rows of new recruits hovered in the gymnasium, practicing their human-friendly forms for their mission to Earth. The blue planet in the Milky Way needed rescuing from a climate crisis.In the gymnasium, Commander Jennings pressed play on a training video. The cartoon from Earth featured a blue genie with a goatee and gold bangles. He had a human torso that tapered into a wispy blue tail.‘This,’ Commander Jennings said whi...
“Free Will” by Donna Deweerd
Free Will Prologue In a verdant garden at the oxbow of the River Styx, Spanish viridian green ferns wave at the breeze. Saffron colored umbrellas dot the landscape, like a Christo installation in Monet’s garden. In a far corner, a squat woman stands by a bench, slowly licking a triple decker dripping ice cream cone. Her face is anci...
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