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“I’m going to vomit,” Shannon said, hopping up and staggering to the bathroom. She had eaten too many magic mushrooms too quickly. “Who wants some more k?” Five people walked like zombies through the Happy Fucking Birthday balloons that littered the floor to fill their nostrils with more ketamine. Then […]

I was so excited, I practically threw my ID at him. It was my very first purchase of an alcoholic beverage at a bar. Legally, I mean. And I wasn’t paying for it. “What do you want?” my friend, Roy, said, removing a $20 bill from his wallet. “Something strong. […]

“Help me! Somebody fucking help me!” Kevin, my suite mate, apparently needs some help. It’s 2 a.m. and I’m passed out, reeling from our night of dizzying debauchery.  I begrudgingly roll out of bed and stumble toward the common room. The floor is stained with blood. The couches are soaked […]

I wake up from my tequila-induced coma and smell the liquor on my body.  It must be oozing out of my pores.  I can’t believe I do this to myself every weekend. It’s Sunday.  The day I am no longer able to ignore the amount of school work I always […]

Deana and I were laughing about something Jeff had said when his green Chevy Trailblazer hit the deer. The laughter stopped, and with only one headlight beaming, we walked outside to check the damage. The grill was bent and bloody hair was sticking out of it. We saw the limp deer […]

Flight 43. Delayed for one hour. I double check the screen to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. It’s 3:05 p.m. and my flight from JFK Airport to Orlando, Fla. isn’t leaving until 5 p.m. Rinnnngggg. “Hi, Chelle!” mom said. “Mom, my flight is delayed for an hour,” I said […]

After two hours on our Adirondacks road trip, with my best pal Joe’s Volkswagen Jetta having all but melted in the sweltering August sun, we decided to break from the congested Northway. Our detour has brought us to Gaslight Village, a small, abandoned theme park overlooking Lake George. N.Y. Setting foot […]

I stand in line waiting to order. The college cafeteria is booming with the voices of students and I see some familiar faces. Some are on cell phones, others talking to friends. I glance at the fridge to choose a beverage , but a girl with glasses, wearing a gray pea coat, […]

All I could think about was advancing. Who would we be playing in the next round?  Where would we be playing next week? It was the bottom of the seventh and we were two outs away from knocking off the higher-seeded team from Wantagh, N.Y. It would have been the […]

Matt and I are chain smoking cigarettes on the walk back from the Museum of Modern Art. It’s this game we play to see who finishes their pack first. Matt’s a good friend of mine. He’s always a little cryptic but manages to get his point across in the end. […]

It’s about midnight. The snow is relentless and my brother Pat and I are curious. “Let’s go outside and check out the carnage,” Pat suggests. “Look at all the trees down in front of Uncle Mikey’s house. Oh shit, and to the left of the pool, too! This is crazy!” […]

The room was sweltering from the heat of blow dryers.  Most of the girls sat on the floor Indian style in front of floor-length mirrors and applied makeup to their freshly bronzed skin.  The amount of perfume in the air could make a person choke.  I was a 16-year-old preparing […]

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“Jen-na!” The lights were on and I was awake. I’d been sleeping on the floor of the bedroom I shared with my sister, where I slept all of that summer in 1999. I was nine years old and our great-grandmother had come to live with us. “Jen-na!” I got to my knees and […]

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A. It’s the summer and we’re in the house that I found for us. The sun is shining through the open windows and the bits of cloth that I have draped over the curtain rod make an amber light in the room. We’re on our bed and you’re wrapped around […]

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