Murder In the City - Part 2After getting Angela registered at the familiar old elementary school of her youth, and then situated in her class, Nina wandered around the school grounds. Everything seemed familiar, causing a slight ache near her heart. Memories of the three of them, Mark, herself and Lenny, chasing eachother all over the playground, flooded her mind. Tears threatend to spill out of her suddenly over-full eyes. The sudden rush of longing caused the ache to deepen. If only things were as simple as they were as a child, when her biggest concern was whether she finished her science fair project in time, or if she managed to make it home without putting holes in her jeans. She and Mark had always been inseperable, and when Lenny had shown up in third grade, he had instantly turned the duo into a trio. They'd been together through so much, through girls and boys and discovering things about themselves. She recalled Lenny's battle with his sexuality, and Mark coming to terms with his best friend's prefere
Ode To My Fatherwith my arms around your neck
and my cheek against your chest
I whispered to your heart, "I love you"
and hoped you'd figure out the rest
when your temper grew too big
and my actions too vexatious
hiding under stairs, or in my bed
you'd boom and yell and scare
knowing you made life worthwhile
gave me family, made me smile
for what it's worth, I'd walk a mile
just to see you, say goodbye
was it so hard to say the wordS?
to hear them said, and never return
to never believe, to never learn
to teach your children to hide within
I'm sorry you thought we'd go away
sorry you assumed we wanted only your worth
we wanted a father, a husband, a man
we wanted you to know, to understand
we loved you, and love you
we wanted you, and still do
we know you're here, somewhere,
and wait to see you again
Murder in the CityNina leaned forward, her foot tapping rapidly on the plush red carpet beneath the cozy table she shared with her boyfriend.
Tom glanced at Nina, tilting his head to one side and raising a brow.
"You're tapping again, Darling. Is something bothering you?"
She lifted her gaze, then quickly focused on her food again. "What makes you think something is bothering me?"
Her bottom lip found its way between her teeth, as she rearranged her mashed potatos.
"I thought the potatos looked better on the other side, to be honest. Maybe you could add some of my peas as decoration."
Abruptly Nina straightened, her fork clattering on her plate as she grabbed the sides of her chair.
"Tom, I can't see you anymore."
Tom's eyebrows raised, almost comically. Considering how close he and Nina had become over the past few months, this was
a huge shock. He slowly placed his fork on the table near his plate, jumping slightly when it banged loudly against his water glass.
"What brought this on, Darling? There ar