• Burkina Boy by Rob Stolzy of Skirmishes With Reality

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to welcome Rob Stolzy from Skirmishes With Reality, a Father Fridays guest. Do check out his blog and give this wonderful man and father a follow. Please enjoy this lovely guest post. I know it made me quite teary eyed. I know, and can tell you with exactitude, the very instant I became a father… I don’t mean which particular nanosecond a fatefully victorious sperm hero ended his marathon swim from loin to egg wall. Not speaking about biological fatherhood. He’s not my biological child anyway, for I’m an adoptive parent. And also, I don’t mean some sort of bureaucratic milestone moment when it dawned…

  • Raven, Chapter 10-b

    Caidy had been avoiding their gardens for the past two days, ever since her father had killed that man. She didn’t know who he had been, but she guessed he had to have been from the underground for her father to kill him. She remembered the morning afterwards, when she had awoken to find her father sitting on the edge of her bed, his head down. He had a devastated look on his face, one she had never seen before, and it had frightened her. He had told her what he had done, his voice a monotone and his eyes never leaving the carpet. He had killed a man who…

  • Raven, Chapter 8-c

    Caidy and Tyala walked out of the popular Corner Sweets Bakery in the Corner, each a silver coin poorer, but three sweet buns richer. They were nibbling on one bun each as they walked out and strolled up and down the alleys of the Corner. It was a popular place in the Market District, particularly well-known for the sweet shops. They alleys wandered up and down and curved around, shops opening up off of them, before eventually broadening up into the streets of the Market District. “I don’t think my Papa is interested in ending the feud,” Caidy said around a mouthful of warm pastry flavored with cinnamon, raisins, and…

  • The Last Will and Testament of Patrick Malone

    Patrick Malone died a week ago. He was a wealthy man with three grown children. He had been a politician in his younger days. But as he grew older, he began to become senile. He consulted his lawyer and drew up a will, which he hid somewhere on his property. The will left everything to the one who found his will. The day of the funeral arrived. The church was full of everyone who had known him from preschool to the nurses and doctors who had treated him. His wife had passed on several years before. His youngest child and only daughter, Abigail Una Malone, sat away from everyone else…

  • Raven, Chapter 2-a

    The city wanted to make me their ward and to put me into the orphanage. I had no family. No aunts, uncles, grandparents. I was terrified of the orphanage. So I ran. -the writing on the cell wall Aster Gardens was in full bloom. The trees were heavy with vibrant blossoms and ripened fruit. Flower stalks sported brilliant blooms with bees buzzing from head to head to spread the love the flowers had to share and give. The grass was an emerald green sheet, perfectly manicured, as were the flower beds. The sun was high in the sky and cast its warmth that day, the first of summer. Many of…