The Call – Two

“Thanks for calling the Trans lifeline. This is Nikita. What’s on your mind?” The caller says nothing. I hear them shuffling about, perhaps adjusting their position. “Hello..” The caller speaks, clearing their throat. Their voice sounds strained. “I was hoping for some company.” She adds, sounding hesitant. “Of course!” I tell her, with equal parts […]

The Call – One

My phone rang. I was on call so I had a good idea what the nature of the call was. “Thanks for calling the Trans lifeline..” I began, my standard but sincere greeting. “How are you?” Silence. Then light crying, mostly stifled on their end. “It’s ok. Take your time” I offer, gently, reassuringly. “I’m […]

Infernal Time

Tick. Tock. That’s my clock. How I loathe that contraption. I have a life-long aversion to it and what it represents. Laying in bed, staring up at my ceiling I see dozens of stars, that familiar yellow glow. I see several crescent moons as well. They’re stickers and I don’t remember who put them there, […]

Abused

The taxi driver greets me and I sit down, announcing my name so he knows he picked up the correct person. He taps knowingly on his mounted display to see where I’m headed. Vancouver General Hospital. We make a left onto Kingsway and off we go. He looks at me a few times, as if […]

Another Day

‘Will that be all?’, the sales associate asks me. ‘‘Yea. Thanks’, I say, inserting my debit card into the machine. She asks me what I’m up to today. Inwardly the panic sets in. I look, for the most part, normal, whatever that is. I wonder immediately if it’s evident on my face, if she noticed […]