Always the Realist

When my sister dropped out of school to pursue music, my parents said she was ruining her life.

My sister works longer hours than I do and for less money. She’s not well known, mostly working the bar scene and a few private parties, but she loves it. It gives her hope that her dream is still within reach.

I used to agree with our parents, but now I can’t help envying my sister. I wish I loved something like she loves music.

I wish I dreamed wild, maddening dreams worth chasing into daylight, but I am already wide awake.

Waverly X. Night is a writer, an engineer, and an avid believer in magic. She has been published in several anthologies from Ghost Orchid Press. Find her on Instagram: @livesbetweenwords, Twitter: @wxnight_writes, or at