I am an English lecturer at KCC, writer, poet, and freelance editor. When not teaching, writing, or editing, I am painting 28mm-scale wargaming miniatures.
YEAR OF THE MONKEY CONTEST
Where for Watch Waipahu New Year’s Eve, 2010
Year of the Monkey Contest. December entry. Prompts: rituals, New Year’s Eve, fireworks. Word Count: 100
“Why’re we stopping?”
“This the best place.”
Skeptical, Esme opened the door, careful of the guardrail. There, she stood in the narrow space between.
They had parked just before the exit curved down, merging with Farrington Hwy. The high school was visible still, but the neighborhoods….
There were no houses or streetlight poles, only shingled rafts and creosote pilings surfacing from a smoldering sea. Coloring the smoky depths, streetlamps glowed; sparklers and morning glories flared. Far away, the firecrackers’ staccato ebbed and flowed. Chromatic streaks, there and there, breached the surface to ascend and, at apex, bloom violent.