“Untimely Bride”

Amelia fingered the delicate lace on the bodice of her wedding dress, which the photographer had artistically draped across her lap. As he snapped shots from several angles Amelia’s thumb and forefinger found a tiny thread on an embroidered rosebud and tugged at it. She pulled harder and watched the infant flower unravel. With teeth…

AUTUMN GOLD

by Jackie Houchin Ever since Labor Day, Audrey had wondered what to do about the painting. She’d kept it five years as instructed. She hadn’t pawned it even when she was jobless, her apartment rent was due, and her car repossessed. Things were better now. She had a nice job in an upscale art gallery.…