The Elevator

By Sarah Inouye, TIWP Student They get into the elevator. There is a pause like always—strangers coming in contact with each other for the first time, being forced to talk to each other. They scramble to push the right buttons to their rights floors, bumping hands in a pathetic fashion. One is a middle aged […]

She Was

By Lizzie Odell, TIWP student She was completely whole and yet never fully complete. She was beautiful in an untouchable way, like the man in the moon when a piece of his face is always hidden. I never went looking for her that day that she appeared in my life, as though she was meant […]

Questions Of Her Mirror

By Sophie Bubrick, TIWP student Imagine, imagine waking up each morning to the faceless future of yourself—for all your mirrors have been stripped from their walls in your house. Could you handle having to create your ideal appearance based off of memory—or would you still feel that habitual need to ask your mirror questions from […]

We Were Made For These Times

By Sophie Bubrick, TIWP student Open your eyes now. Don’t be afraid. The harsh, unforgiving world welcomes you into its unpredictable arms. A baby girl’s soft, button nose pokes out of her white blanket. Her dark, emerald eyes absorb the life emanating from all around her. She will grow up as elegantly as her mother […]

Daisy Buchanan’s Diary

By Loryn Nieto, TIWP student He had me wrapped around his finger like the golden ring he twisted around mine. “The sapphires, they remind me of your eyes,” he would tell me. And I would smile at the floreal stones and look into his own dangerous eyes and see a very unpleasant place. His mind […]

The Storm

By Lizzie Odell, TIWP Student It is dark today. As the storm rages outside and the thunder sounds, a little girl stands by the window and watches in silent astonishment as the wind bends the trees towards the ground. She sits quietly as the lightning splits the sky and reflects off her bright blue eyes. […]

The Girl You Once Knew (An Excerpt)

By Alexia Tzortzis, TIWP Student Astaroth I stared at my brother. His black hair glossy in the white moonlight, leaking through the broken roof of the abandoned warehouse. “Do you think the others are OK?” The question came out raspy, my throat dry and raw from the effort. “Behemoth and Beherit are with them, not […]

With Love, Your Basic, Beige Bra

By Elizabeth Oxendine, TIWP Student I was born from the calloused hands of an elderly Filipino woman. She had made me in haste, stitches rushed but precise, lace trimmed speedily but with steady hands. She’d made hundreds of my siblings in the dawnless hours after midnight. To her, I was just another paycheck to feed […]

Caelia

By Lizzie Arroyo, TIWP Student Caelia kept her head down and her legs together, just like she was told. That just seemed like the easiest thing to do. Why bother telling her father she hated all the dresses he picked out for her, because they covered up too much of her? Why bother telling the […]

The River

By Hannah Brown, TIWP student It all started on the bank of the river near their mother’s house. One reached into the icy currents and picked up a rock. The other grabbed it and the jagged edges ripped through the soft skin on his palm. Both stared mesmerized at the droplets falling into the water, […]