Jesse: Chapter 2

Jesse, by Corin Gillis

The uncommonly mild day had given way to an ominous evening. Clouds rolled in over the lake, and the water turned grey, but the wind was strangely warm. The bay was notorious for its waves, and tonight they were huge and white-capped. A storm was coming in. “Just as long as you wait till after […]

Jesse: Chapter 3

Jesse, by Corin Gillis

For a long while she slept soundly. It was not until nearly dawn that her slumber was overtaken by unwelcome shadows. She struggled against their hold on her, but they were as strong as ever, their dark, prickly hands pulling and poking her, trees come alive in an enchanted forest. She tried to run away, […]

Jesse: Chapter 4

Jesse, by Corin Gillis

d and faced her. “I’m sorry.” The words came out on their own, but as they were spoken, they gathered more truth to them. The anger left him, and he wondered why he’d felt it at all. He shouldn’t have reacted like that. He had no right to judge her. Whatever the reason, in that […]

Jesse: Chapter 6

Jesse, by Corin Gillis

What do you do when you wake up to darkness? Jesse picked up a rock and contemplated throwing it in the moonlit water; changed her mind and held it up to see it sparkle. It was so pretty. She should keep it. Swiftly her arm whipped back and then hurled it out, into the mouth […]

Jesse: Chapter 7

Jesse, by Corin Gillis

“There’s my big girl!” boomed a tall, white-haired man that Jesse knew as Papa. She limped gingerly into her grandfather’s open arms, hugged him around the neck and kissed his gruff cheek. He smelled like Papa: a mixture of work and sawdust and old people. Familiarity. If her mid-week trip to Hanger had been disorienting, […]

Jesse: Chapter 8

Jesse, by Corin Gillis

Jesse’s Aunt Sandra had driven her back out to Rocky Bay that afternoon for the first real week of camp, and now Jesse stood waiting in tense anticipation. Teens aged thirteen to fifteen would soon be arriving en masse. Jesse physically recoiled just remembering her own teens cabin last year. There were always some cabins […]

Jesse: Chapter 9

Jesse, by Corin Gillis

Tuk was not Jesse’s favourite duty. She had an uncomfortable feeling that the pop, candy, and chips she was selling to both campers and staff was probably going to kill them all, one way or another. But if she had to do it, she preferred to serve the staff. They lined up at the window […]

Jesse: Chapter 10

Jesse, by Corin Gillis

“I-want-to-go-home!” It was repeated with just a little too much petulance for the child’s age, and it grated on Jesse’s ears. Still, she was patient, trying to understand, attempting to comfort. The girl was only eight years old, she told herself, and had every right to be homesick. She wasn’t doing it to annoy her […]