From April, 2019

Mary

It’s late. She is surrounded in darkness, laying on her pallet begging sleep to come but unable to quiet the restlessness in her spirit. She’s unsure the reason but certain of the feeling: something evil is stirring. As dawn breaks, a familiar face bursts through the door. It’s one of the men her son has been spending most of his time with. Of all the people in her son’s life, by far he is her favorite among them. “Mary!” John shouts. Had it been any other night she would have been startled awake, but not today. Sleep never came. “It’s…

Corey

He is 19 years old. He’s as thin as he stands tall and his confidence is unwavering from his lips but fragile in his heart. His mind believes in his purpose, but his spirit is afraid to give his all. He walks to the court, joins the crowd, and waits to be chosen. He’s the last man standing. Chosen by default. The game begins and his back and forth jog resembles a cardio workout more than a basketball game. The first quarter passes; he never touches the ball. Finally, he finds himself wide open on the 3-point arc. With no…