Short Story

Our Autumn Nightmare, a Short Story by Mark Tulin/Lit Up

This is a short story about a family in the throes of a mental health crisis.

My daughter, Susan, was crying at the top of the landing when I arrived home. “Dad, mommy is doing scary things again.”

I knew not to ask what those scary things were for fear of upsetting Susan more. I was also tired of explaining and making excuses for Annie.

In the living room, Annie was pacing in only her bra and a pair of panties, barefoot, her mascara smeared on her cheeks. I recognized that frightened expression and assumed she wasn’t taking her pills…

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Author, poet, short story writer from Santa Barbara, California. I write about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching present in California. These are narratives that may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

7 comments on “Our Autumn Nightmare, a Short Story by Mark Tulin/Lit Up

  1. Poignant! Well done.

  2. Wow, that was tough.

  3. Theresa

    That was definitely a tough read. Your words are so visual. I felt like I was involved in a scene from a movie. So sad that this may play out so much these days.

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