“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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“Jesse’s Story”

feeling real weak . . . sick . . . taste of vomit in my mouth . . . can’t trust no one here . . . gotta find a place by myself . . . shadows from the bridge . . . getting dark, cold . . . winter coming . . . don’t matter only the needle . . . escape feel good again . . . they’re watching me . . . take anything from you . . . lost my blanket one night . . . gotta place to fix . . . need it NOW …

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A honeymoon nightmare in New Orleans has a young couple kidnapped by Mama Rose and her voodoo cult. Detective Bookbinder and an assortment of odd, entertaining characters rush to save the couple from becoming human sacrifices at the Blood Moon ceremony. Diablo and his army of children try to prevent their daring rescue attempt. Life and death in the Big Easy.

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“My World” – 1

This is gonna sound crazy but it really happened! The sky turned mint green and it was all my fault! You see I’m a writer. If I can’t sleep, I’ll just get up and start writing stories. They’ve never come true before. I described the sky in my current story and tried to find the right color – lime green, forest green, mint green. Anyway, I selected mint green for the sky. I wrote another couple pages until I was too tired to continue. The next morning I opened the drapes and the morning sky displayed MINT GREEN! Of course …

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“My World” – 2

I looked down at Max and wondered what Pandora’s Box I opened letting him talk to me. “I’m sure you have a lot to say but I was just gonna take a shower.” It freaked me out when Max talked,”Could you let me outside? I gotta go. Oh, and that dry dog food you bought me, let’s throw it out and buy some can food.” I let Max out and took my shower. Was this the new normal, a talking dog? With all the things I could change in the world, I gave my dog the power to speak? During …

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“My World” – 3

I watched Doris ride down the road on her horse, no paved streets anymore or driveways either. Hitching posts and barns for the horses seemed to be everywhere. I stared at the new modes of transportation. Rich people appeared to drive Clydesdale-pulled coaches. Were yellow painted carriages taxicabs? I walked outside and saw the multicolored hot air balloons. It seemed beautiful to watch until I noticed balloons crashing into other balloons in the crowded sky. There were people falling out of the balloons. (I wonder how TSA employees occupy their time in the balloon age?) The smell nearly knocked me …

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“My World” – 4

You know the feeling when the power goes out. How can we survive without electricity? Then your brain jumps into overdrive and you think candles and flashlights, a need for light. While the paper towels soaked up the spilled coffee from my notebook, I searched for a source of light. Of course the flashlight batteries didn’t work. Now it was candles and matches as my last hope. Finally, I found one candle and a box of matches. Candlelight led me back to the living room and the mess that used to be my notebook. Then I noticed a faint trace …

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“Don’t Speak ill of the Dead”

The full moon reflected on the dark still waters of Lake Tecumseh. Only the occasional movement of the oars disturbed the silent night. The beam of a flashlight guided the small row boat to the middle of the lake. “That’s good Jake. We’ll stop here.” Marvin stood up awkwardly trying to balance his tall, overweight body. “That son bitch don’t deserve a proper burial.” “Let’s get this over with.” Jake looked down at the large dead body on the bottom of the boat. Damn knife had nearly decapitated him. “You tie those cement buckets to his legs like I told …

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“Back from the Dead?”

The taste of blood filled her mouth, a familiar taste. Did Blake break her nose again? No severe pain on her face appeared this time. Blake rushed towards her. She woke up screaming. Searching through her tears, she knew he couldn’t be there. Blake died in a fiery crash. Still, she felt his presence everywhere she turned in the house. A relaxing shower seemed to help. Megan closed her brown eyes as she shampooed her short, jet black hair. HE WAS THERE! Whenever her eyes blinked, his crew cut, his angry face with the piercing grey eyes would not leave …

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“Justice For All”

    The Principal   Woodrow Woody Williams stared out at the snow accumulating on the sidewalk in front of Kennedy High School. Monday again. How many more Mondays till retirement? Too many! He finished the last sip of coffee and tossed the Dunkin’ Donuts cup across the room, off the wall and into the wastebasket. He smiled at his small victory. As an African American male, he thought that would give him an edge in dealing with inner city students. It didn’t. Kids today didn’t respect anybody, even each other, he thought. Black, white, blue, whatever color the person …

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