A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Turning Point

Turning Point

Rain pattered against the stones and soaked the ground outside the family crypt Jacob found himself in.

As he watched the water pool, he couldn’t help wondering where he’d gone wrong in life. He couldn’t imagine pissing off anyone — God or someone in a past life — enough to warrant being a snack.

I should’ve tried my luck with those cheerleaders.

“Ready to feed, lover?” his new mistress purred, stretching as she stood.

“On what? Drowned rats?”

“How about on those cheerleaders you’re so interested in? Just a taste, now. I don’t want you developing too strong a taste for others.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Lagging Behind

Lagging Behind

Of all the stupid…

“How’s it going, Jackie?”

Jackie glanced at her friend through the bedroom door, then turned back to her work before she was tempted to kill. “Fine. Just another hour or two.” Or twelve, if I’m lucky. “How did you…” Do I really want to know?

Her friend smiled and her face turned red. “Well, I joined a gaming site to meet easy guys, you know? And a giant jumped at the screen. I didn’t realize it was in the game until I swung with my history text.”

Hate is not a strong enough word right now…

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Time Away

Time Away

“Are you coming or what?” Gwen’s voice remained even, informing John this was going to be one of those weekends.

“Coming.” He slammed the trunk a third time. That time, the catch caught and it stayed closed. Blowing out a breath, he hefted his bag and hurried along the trail.

He hated camping and never understood the need for so many to leave the luxuries of the twenty-first century behind. Of course, he had to marry a habitual camper.

When he reached the clearing, she turned and smiled.

“Isn’t it beautiful?”

Dirt and bugs? Are you kidding? “Sure is, honey.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Time’s Up

Time’s Up

Sean sat, watching his wife as the machine’s beeping slowed.

He studied every line, every wrinkle, and every hair on her head as her chest rose and fell shallower each time. It wasn’t long, now. He’d made peace with it long ago, but he hadn’t given up hope that they would somehow see their fiftieth anniversary together.

With only a few days to go, there was no way she would make it without breathing assistance, and she had refused that.

That was okay. He wouldn’t last much longer.

Amazing, he thought. We thought I would’ve been the first to go.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Mistakes were Made

Mistakes were Made

Neal dropped to his knees, his gun clattering on the pavement next to him. He’d always expected things to end like this, but after eleven years it somehow came as a shock.

In that moment, he realized that was why he was dead. He’d grown careless and had allowed a lowly snitch to get the drop on him.

A freaking sniveling snitch!

Laughter and blood bubbled up from within him at the absurdity of a bum taking out one of the best in the precinct.

How could he not laugh? It seemed fitting and what he deserved for his mistake.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner! Please welcome back Vic Tomlinson! 🙂

Laughter by Vic Tomlinson

The sound of laughter
is inviting and uplifting.

We hear it
in homes and businesses.

We hear it
in coffee shops and restaurants.

We hear it
in schools and colleges.

We hear it
practically everywhere.

Laughter is considered
to be
good for the body
and good for the soul.

Awesome poem, Vic. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Taking a Break

Taking a Break

Lou leaned against the brick wall and watching as his expelled smoke twirled and rose into the air.

It was meaningless and had no entertainment value, yet he found himself obsessed with watching the everchanging patterns.

As he lifted his cigar, he paused. His eyes focused on the reflection of him in the small window across the alley. He smiled as he thought he looked like a gangster from his childhood comics. A tough guy, unwilling to concede or allow others dominion over him.

His smile faded when his watch beeped, signaling it was time to go back to work.

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