Monthly Archives: April 2013

Insomnia

A series of photographs and collages by Aubrey Jowers, Class of ’15

Kubby the Machairodus

A sculpture by Serge Merjeevski, Class of ’13

Tick Tock

Excerpts from Tick Tock, a novella by Joana Coelho, Class of ’13

AUTHOR’S NOTE: These scenes are not in chronological order and reveal no major spoilers, except Jaclyn’s relationship to the characters in the novella.

Nicholas & Jaclyn

My father turned to me and whispered, “just give it a chance?”

I gulped and nodded, watching them walk away. When I turned back, the man had an amused smile across his face. It didn’t make me happy. As if he could read my thoughts, he lifted his hands in surrender and said, “hey, don’t throw those dagger eyes at me. I just sit here and answer questions.”

I sighed and said, “I’m sorry, I just hate when they do that.”
“Try to help you figure out your life?” He offered.
“Try to decide how I should build my life,” I corrected.

He nodded. “If it makes you feel better, it’s not coming from a bad place: they just want to make sure you succeed.”
“I know. I get that. But I’ve already chosen my path in life and they just won’t accept it,” I sighed again, my exasperation increasing.

He patted the empty seat next to him. “Come sit.”

I sat down and waited for him to go on. “What is it that you want to be?”

I took a deep breath. I hadn’t told anyone besides my parents about my decision, mostly be-cause of their pleading. They knew I was an unorthodox person in an unorthodox society, but for them this was pushing the envelope a bit to far. For fear of having it rip, they made me keep quiet about my revelation to everyone, including my closest friends. Continue reading