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Taking One for the Team (a short)

"This looks nothing like the picture", she muttered to herself as she looked at the lumpy loaf with slightly burned sides. The kitchen was in utter disarray. Muttering to herself she began measuring again, vigorously, "This is for the kids,... Continue Reading →

Cross My Mind (a short story)

Welcome to my Christmas stories. Some will be heartfelt, some will be sappy, and some will hopefully make you chuckle, but all will glow with the warmth of the season. Enjoy. ☺️ I'm completely out of practice. Her favorite Christmas... Continue Reading →

Buses, Trains, and the Ride Home (A Short)

He boarded the south bound train headed for home. The long day he'd had at work was compounded by the droning of his mother on the other end of the phone and the pungent odor of the subway. The question... Continue Reading →

The Worlds We Make (Short Stories)

The third and final part of my series about the joys of writings. These pieces are written in one of my favorite writing styles, slice of life. Photo Cred She huddled under the  outstretched arms of her favorite oak tree,... Continue Reading →

Bitterest Victory (A Story)

As he sat in the courtroom he could almost taste victory. After almost a whole year he could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. He was going to get all of his conditions from his soon... Continue Reading →

Dreams for Charlotte (A Story)

Charlotte rushed around her empty house. Her roommate having moved out she felt alone. Looking at the mantle with the newly framed wedding photo of her best friend and her new "brother-in-law", she felt a twinge of jealousy. Huffing out... Continue Reading →

Wishing Away the Days (A Poem)

She spend her days wishing them away. Silent prayers for the things she wants. Harsh critiques of the life she's been given. Bitter wistfulness. Wishing away the fragile gift of free time. Eagerly seeking busywork. One day she'll beg for... Continue Reading →

The World in My Hands

Welcome to Week Thirty of Three Line Tales! A wonderful challenge to create a piece about the given photo. Want to join? Click the link. 😉 He glanced at the diminutive clock clasped in his cold hands, he could no longer delay.... Continue Reading →

The Last Goodbye

I’m taking part in Word-High’s 30 Beautiful Filipino Words. This the ultimate blend, three words!lol They fit so perfectly in this short, I had to do it. As usual the words are taken from Daily Prompt and Word High July.... Continue Reading →

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