The Laboratory

Little one If you took a breath and exhaled, that was about the time it took for Nadine’s toddlerhood to be over. Her mother’s hand stroking her hair, puréed apple and soft toys arranged like a fortress on her bed. Nadine remembered the wails of other children who came to play, the furtive conversations of her mother and … More The Laboratory

The Chess Game

It started small. The nudges against her father’s control, his put downs and criticisms. His expectation she would mould to his will like clay. Olga watched him teach her brother chess. Of course, her father made sure he never won. The pieces click-clacked against the board and her brother glowed under the sun of his … More The Chess Game