All I Half Left
a short by M.J. Moores~
Normally the sweet-earthy scent of dew moist leaves beings me a peace and inner joy that tease forth a cocky smile and wide-spread arms.
But not today.
The ceaseless rain erases the heady smell and the riot of autumn’s promise. I pull my thin poly-whatever jacket tighter to my chest with stiff, frigid hands as the leaves above act like gatekeepers to the torrential downpour. A lone droplet finds purchase and snakes its way down the back of my neck chilling already heat-depraved skin.
I don’t dare open my arms to move the plastered hair away – it would only be an invitation… one I will grant no more.
For on those glorious fall days a whisper drifted in on the tantalizing breeze – one of promises not kept and secrets only half-shared… or half-lies, but it matters not anymore. Still, half a curse roots wooden feet in the mud and constricts my arms over and under, through and across a hollow chest.
It is here where I must remain until the passing of the storm – reminded that half a life is better than none at all.
M.J. Moores began her career as an English teacher in Ontario, Canada. Her love of storytelling and passion for writing has stayed with her since the age of nine. M.J. relishes tales of adventure and journeys of self-realization. She enjoys writing in a variety of genres but speculative fiction remains her all time favourite. M.J.’s debut science fiction crossover novel Time’s Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia (1) is now available for purchase online in print and e-format.