I was friends with Johnny, back in the day. He used have this ribcage that just swung right open. Seriously. Muscles and skin moved aside with the bones. People used to think it was a party trick but I thought better. The kid was lonely, wanted to bare his soul. I knew he had a lot to give, but then I knew him well. But going up to girls at school and actually offering them his heart, beating and dripping blood within his fist, never really worked. Exact opposite, to be honest. I guess that young love is always difficult…

Sparkline: Fiction in a 100 words (c) Rich Wilson 2012

I was friends with Johnny, back in the day. He used have this ribcage that just swung right open. Seriously. Muscles and skin moved aside with the bones. People used to think it was a party trick but I thought better. The kid was lonely, wanted to bare his soul. I knew he had a lot to give, but then I knew him well. But going up to girls at school and actually offering them his heart, beating and dripping blood within his fist, never really worked. Exact opposite, to be honest. I guess that young love is always difficult…

Sparkline: Fiction in a 100 words (c) Rich Wilson 2012

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