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Unappreciated - 1 - MmyEdgarHe was eating Chinese food, running on automatic. Each noodle, each piece of chicken, even his soda all exploded with flavor. It had been so long since he'd eaten anything that this was a shock to his system.The question, really, was why. Why was he eating at all? Shouldn't he be in heaven, in his little wooden chair, blissing? Why had he been spat back out onto Earth only to find himself eating Kung Pow Chicken and chow mein? He felt suddenly, violently sick, and pushed the food away, pushing his chair back and standing up shakily.Something was very, very wrong here. Had he been hallucinating? No, couldn't be. He didn't remember anything after being ripped into strips by... by...He stepped outside and moved to the side, stepping to the mouth of an alley, out of the way. No one stopped or looked at him. Shouldn't he be dead? He had been.
Under the Red White And BlueIt was the first Fourth of July that Tina would be home for in almost five years. Of course, she was anticipating both the good and the bad, as they pulled up to the already crowded park. It was a party for the whole neighborhood, so she was confident she could dive into the crowd, should her mother become ornery. Of course, Tina doubted that such a thing would happen – after all, there was something in that voice of hers that could sooth her mother in moments."I don't want to be here." Unless, of course, Dante's bad mood stayed with him while they went to see their mother."God, you're such a downer. We're just making a quick appearance, shake a few hands, talk to mom, and then we're gone. Nothing fancy.""This is Hell on Earth.""Oh, for crying out loud, Dante, just go get wasted already!" Tina made a dismissing gesture, and Dante sighed obnoxiously, moving away from his sister. Dante hated family functions; part of the reason he hadn't come home since '96 was because of the