“The Witch’s Door”

“Hey Jersey Boy, let’s go.” “I told ya, call me Mickey. Don’t live in Jersey no more.” I couldn’t stay mad at Ben. He was my first friend in this new country life. “Where you going son?”  Ma’s voice from the kitchen. She usually sat at the kitchen table drinking coffee with Aunt Sally and crying bout dad. Ma got a folded American flag for daddy. We lost our home and had to move here. “I’ll be back later ma,” I called out as I closed the screen door. “Hey Mickey.” Jose joined us. He was younger than me and …

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“MEPHISTOPHELES”

I sat in the darkness with my newly lit cigar and a glass of forty year old Macallan Scotch. Easing back in my comfortable rocking chair I tried to relax.  Smooth jazz played through my Bose speakers. Dave Brubeck will be missed in the music world. I wore my navy silk pajamas one last time. My life was ending and I had grown to accept the inevitable event. Will this be my new reality – eternal night? Dr. Harvey gave me my death sentence. “Sorry, there’s nothing left we can do. The cancer has spread throughout your body. Go home. …

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“If the Shoe Fits”

Annie marched down the sidewalk, passed the car-lined street, and blended in with the large group of people walking towards the mansion. At that moment she searched through the crowd. “Ricky?” “I’m here.” A reluctant Ricky responded. “Told ya I’d rather wait in the car.” Her flowing red hair and captivating smile made it hard for him to say no. “This is where Vito the Mauler Lepinski lived! One of the most famous mobsters of all time. Don’t you wanna see his house?” They walked through the imposing iron gate. He caught up with her. “No. Not interested in a …

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“One Summer Night” – 1

I’m heading home to see Granny Grace on my way through Ohio. In the past after another year of teaching, I would’ve stayed in New York and complained all summer that there was nothing to do and no one to see. But I’m trying to change my crappy attitude and live life again. Just thinking of spending all my childhood summers at granny’s flooded my mind with tons of memories. Catching lightening bugs at night and watching the glow in your hand were priceless times as a youth. Drinking pitchers of Kool-Aid in the hot summer days, did it really …

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“One Summer Night” – 2

Granny Grace looked the same as I always remembered. A crazy blue print skirt to her ankles mixed with a mustard colored top with her usual plastic necklaces and bracelets of gold and blue. It was her big head of overflowing white hair that had changed from brown to grey to white. And her sparkling green eyes completed the picture. “Hi Joey, welcome home,” she gave me a big hug without spilling the cookies off the plate. She touched my face,”Getting a little grey in the temples.” She laughed, an infectious laugh that pulled you in until you were laughing …

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“One Summer Night” – 3

Granny Grace laughed hard until I was laughing too. “Maybe it’s a combination of the summer heat and your long drive. Eddie riding his bike? Do you know how silly that sounds?” I felt foolish and reached for another biscuit. A special summer night with granny was rare these days. “I’m sorry granny. I must be seeing things.” She reached behind her and a plate of brownies appeared. “Got room for dessert Joey, your favorite?” “I could never say no to your brownies granny.” I selected the biggest one just like I used to do in my youth. Were those …

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“Deadly Desire”

I woke up face down on a dirt covered road. My entire body ached and bled. I tried to raise my left arm but it only moved inches. Something burned on my forearm like I was branded with a hot iron. No street lights, no lights of any kind. I’m surrounded by the night. Can’t even move my body off the road. Maybe the pain will go away if I die here in the dark. Bright lights, headlights, moved quickly towards my mangled body. This is how it ends run over by a car in the middle of nowhere. The …

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“Beatle Boy and the Detective”

“911, what is your emergency?” “HELP! I need someone. HELP!” “We are sending the police right now. Stay calm sir.” I walked outside and met the patrol car in my driveway. A beautiful blonde detective accompanied the police officer. She said,”Officer Brooks, take a look around while I talk to this man.” Her long hair was pulled back into a ponytail. “Mr. Pepper, my name is Detective Shelia Green. What can you tell me about what happened here?” “I want to hold your hand,” I smiled at her. “Business first sir. There was a break-in? When did this happen?” “Yesterday. …

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“Traveling Companion”

She was already mad at me when I walked up behind her and hugged her. “I gotta  hunk a hunk of burning love for you darling.” “Get out of my kitchen! I just mopped the floor.” I dropped to one knee. “Love me tender, love me dear.” “Fat Elvis, enough! Go away!” I sang out loud as I left the kitchen,”I got a woman mean as she can be. She’s almost mean as me.” She followed me into the living room saying,”Must you insist on talking in song lyrics?” When I didn’t respond cause I saw the doghouse in my …

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“Traveling Companion” – 2

“It’s late I gotta get on home. Can’t wait . . .” I screamed out,”Good golly Miss Molly!” “It’s just me the Reaper. I’m back again.” His black appearance blended in with the starless night. I tried not to panic. “Why so grim Reaper?” “That bar was a dead end. Ladies Night! No serious drinking only a long line for the ladies’ restroom. I was going to buy a drink but it goes right through me. So I’m back riding with you. Heading home?” “I’m going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come,” I sang. The Grim Reaper shook …

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