Prose poems and vignettes inspired by paint samples and their names.
By Zach Barnes
By Jesse Slomka
By Melissa Mathies
The scent of alcohol drifted off my aunt, my sister’s best friend Meegs, my sister Angie, and her fiancé Mike when they all made it to the car. I was trying not to laugh as they stumbled over to where I parked. I had never seen my sister like that, and I bit my lip and turned my head, waiting for them to climb into the car.
“Go to Taco Bell!” Angie and Meegs said in unison.
I almost swerved from shock. My sister, the health nut, wanted fast food? I shook my head and turned the car towards Taco Bell. They yelled from the backseat what they wanted, while Mike was leaning his head against the window, trying not to get sick, telling me if I got home in twenty minutes, he’d give me $20 dollars.
When we finally got back to Angie and Mike’s house, Mike made his way straight to bed, while Angie, Meegs, and my aunt started talking in loud obnoxious voices, telling me how college is so much better, and so forth. As they went on and on, I decided I liked my sister drunk. Every alcoholic beverage carries this memory for me.
By Whitney Smith
By Caitlyn Otto