It couldn’t have been her

The doctor didn’t mince words. HIV positive. AIDS? Not yet, but probably in your future. Can’t be. I’m not gay. Straights get AIDS too. But I always use a condom. Condoms are not 100 percent safe. I...

Sleeping next to a stranger

The alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. and the first thing his wife noticed as that he was still in bed. He always woke up before the alarm and...

A question of manners

It was a nice weekend afternoon when he and his wife decided to grab something to eat at the food court of the local mall. Typical Saturday at the mall....

When the job no longer matters

He used to care. The job used to matter. That, as the kids say, was then. This is now. Now it's just a job, something to bring the money, which...

Beware the repo man

Wednesday night. Northwest Washington. Lavish houses. Expensive cars. Most people who live here are successful. Some aren't, but try to live like they are. When they can't keep up, John Allen...

Where the hell am I?

He woke up with his head pounding, hung over from another Friday night of heavy drinking. Not unusual. He met some buddies after work, they started with German beer, moved...

Getting out while the getting’s good

Tom Jennings is a rarity in Washington, D.C. He’s a native. "Yep. Born here. Went to school here. Lived here all my life." Until recently. Earlier this year, Jennings packed up wife,...

Life in the fast lane

Nighttime. United Flight 250. Somewhere between Denver and Washington's Dulles Airport. Ignore dinner. Pull out laptop and start work on new communications plan for client. Beeper goes off (well, vibrates...

She had to have him

She noticed him on the first day of school. The eyes caught her attention first - dark, smoldering, haunting. Dark hair, nice tight body. The more she thought about him, the...

Talk like one and you’ll be treated like one

Josh Watkins is mad. Damn mad. Watkins, born, raised and still living in Southeast Washington, is sitting at a coffee shop on South Capitol Street, and talking about how tough it...