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Cheat the Hangman
The thundering hooves of horses awaken the slumbering town of Twin Bellow in the Tahoma Territory. As the new day unfolded, the air began to sweat, creating a clammy atmosphere. A posse of five men astraddle wide-eyed horses enter the town.
The breakup: Ada’s Reason.
A short story on how conflicting religious beliefs spelled doom on a beautiful relationship.
Short Story "Are You Hungry?"
In the middle of that summer, my father was praying outside. His body knelt while reading the same verses I could never understand. We were not allowed to approach him during his prayers or when he was busy working. Or ever.
Through the Eyes of the Owl (Fiction)
"Remind me again why I'm awake so early in the middle of nowhere?" Damon's grouchy voice cut through the thick darkness of the Airbnb cabin he and his wife, Avery, had rented for a week-long getaway. It was the third day of their trip, and Avery had insisted that they …
The Late Old Woman
The Old Woman was late. Sunlight flowed into the room like a river, steady and with authority. It reflected off the stark white sheets that embraced the woman’s frail, petite body, withered with age. She groaned as she hoisted herself out of the deep slumber that took over her the …
Frozen in Time
"A moment for me that remains frozen in time as the worst night of my life. A moment I wish never happened, yet I am constantly haunted by the ill-fated memory."
When I was 9 years old, I nearly drowned. I had begged my parents to send me to Camp Silverlake. I came across a flyer for the summer camp while at my school’s library. The advertisement consisted of field trips to amusement parks, campfires, kayaking, and several more captivating activities …
The "happiest" ending.
“I’m sorry but I think we’ve done everything we can, maybe you should try adoption,” the doctor said. Those words turned our world upside down. My wife fell in my lap and cried. I ran my hands through her curly black hair as tears ran down my face. I noticed …
Unexpected Date Night
It was date night for John and Charlotte. The serene hill-side view was unknown to most, making it perfect for a passionate getaway amidst nature. John leaned his body on Charlotte’s, caressing her. He reminisced about the moment he saw her for the first time and fell in love immediately. …
Excerpts from completed short stories and an ongoing chaptered story. Summaries are in the Table of Contents on the first page.
"No one ever understands what they are truly capable of doing until they are forced to look over the edge."
One step, one glance, one word. That's all it took for me to fall. The cracks reverberate beneath my feet, spreading outwards and reaching for him before I can stop them. Like a deadly kaleidoscope, they surround me, bigger cracks interweaving with the smaller that branch from them. Small buds …
Her eyes are unfocused as she stirs her cup of tea. The hand not holding onto the small, silver teaspoon clutches the pendant at her throat like a lifeline — a tether to the reality she knows. The chain is golden and sturdy, with small fastenings that interlink to form …
A short story. "I am not overly familiar with brains, but it seems to me they should better remain ensconced in the safety of the skull."
Sunflowers and Honey Bees
""If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe"
The Burning Start of Mary Gold
Bet she never knew it would come to this. Sitting alone, drinking scotch out of a bottle, and thinking about how it all went wrong. The only thing that gave her company was that fucking flower. A marigold flower in a vase was given to her by her dad, as …