Denise H. Long

Denise Long writes from her home in Nebraska. She works as a freelance copy editor and teaches college-level English courses online. In her spare time, she is also a mother and wife. You can visit her online at

Stories by Denise H. Long

Summer’s End

Illustrated by Christina Polumbo

I wasn’t supposed to know where my brother snuck off to in the night. I was only supposed to cover for him if Mom or Dad woke up while he was gone. The weight of this responsibility was constricting and inviting—a secret shared between Patrick and me. I never considered what I might tell them …