Together – by JAYNE MARTIN



by Jayne Martin


Our proper clothes lie under a pile of leaves in the conclave at the foot of a tall pine, abandoned along with every other stitch in the thread connecting us with our past.  

We pull on the trousers, shirts and boots of field hands hidden there days before, tug caps low over our eyes, covering our newly-shorn heads, just two more boys among the many who walked these roads anonymously from town to town.

“Brothers,” we will tell anyone who asks as we make our way far from the families who would keep us apart, and later “sisters,” orphaned, alone… spinsters in years to come.

We rub dark, damp soil on our faces to hide our smooth cheeks.  Only our hands betray us; soft and white, unmarked by the labor we now seek to survive.  I take hold of her fingertips, bring them to my lips, then silently we step forth into the unknown.  


Jayne Martin

Jayne Martin’s work has appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Blink Ink, a Literary Orphans , Flash Frontier, F(r)iction, and Hippocampus, among others. She is the author of “Suitable for Giving: A Collection of Wit with a Side of Wry.”  Find her at and on Twitter @Jayne_Martin.

*Featured Photography courtesy of contributor Brian Michael Barbeito*


13 Comments Add yours

  1. A new life, reborn to who they truly are. Short, concise and epiphanous. A delightful read. Thank you. 🙂


    1. Jayne Martin says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words.


  2. What a gorgeous, delicate story, Jayne. I’m enchanted by your big love micro stories.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jayne Martin says:

      Bless you for your kind words, my friend.


  3. Monica Flegg says:

    I really enjoyed this!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Mel Gambutti says:

    It’s lovely, Jayne!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. This is one of my favorite’s Jayne!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. LearaWrites says:

    This is wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jayne Martin says:

      Thank you so much, Leara.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Paul Beckman says:

    Love how you told this complex story so simply. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jayne Martin says:

      Thank you, Paul. That means a lot to me.


  8. Jayne Martin says:

    The art work you’ve chosen is beautiful and perfect. Thank you so much.

    Liked by 1 person

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