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Case Of The Missing Candlestick Maker

Jack Vine PI case book

From The Files Of Jack Vine A Jack And The Giant P I Case File Case Of The Missing Candlestick Maker “Jack be nimble Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the candle stick.” It had been a couple months since Tiny and me cracked the caper of The Lost Little Lamb, and yes I was sort of seeing Mary on the side now. Her sister Terri, also a knock out, had fiery red hair, an hourglass...Read On


Take Care

He doesn't understand why she gets lost in her head

“Gilli, what did you do?” “I'm fine, really.” “No, sweetheart, you aren't. I can see it in your eyes. Let me see.” He gently takes her hand and cradles it in his. He hisses in empathetic pain. “Okay, not nothing, love." He gently wraps her burnt hand in a cool, wet tea towel and leads her to the kitchen table. “Sit, Gilli, I’ll be back in a minute with the first aid kit.” She...Read On


Define Magic

That's the problem with the world, too many people grow up. Walt Disney

The reason so many people do not believe in magic is that they never make the effort to find it. Even then, their idea of magic is completely wrong. When people say magic, they think of wizards and witches, figures who utilize certain kinds of magic. They picture a wand, a staff or a hooded figure chanting spells, magical items and enchantments. Never once, have these things truly been...Read On



The song Barefootin' was a hit in 1965. Robert Parker sang it. It's been covered many times, by many other singers, notably Wilson Pickett, Pete Townshend, and Jerry Jeff Walker. I was thinking of it today. I'm enrolled in classes to learn to dance. One class is a Musical Theatre and Jazz class. The other is a beginner's Ballet class. They're both challenging and great fun. We'll be...Read On


Eggs for Breakfast

A relationship at breakfast

I dropped an egg on the kitchen floor - the floor must have been uneven, for the egg began to slide towards me, slowly. I thought it was chasing me. I got scared, and ran away. He always ordered eggs for breakfast. Every day I sat and watched him eat. Sometimes, I would eat too. Sometimes, he would give me something from his plate. But most days, I just sat and watched him eat. Every...Read On


Gator Tales

A short story on friendship.

My name is Kodi, Kodi Gator. My dad tells me I’m a junior, but being's his name is Big Mike, I’m pretty sure it’s just a thing with him. Maybe someday I’ll look into that, but not today. Today, you see, is my birthday, and I finally get to go off on my own unsupervised by Mom. (Mom, you should know, is a little overprotective sometimes. Don’t tell her I said that though.) “Mom!” I...Read On



One day I decided to take a walk alone. My trails led me towards the river bank and the scenery was beautiful. The tall grass and the movement of the river looked as if they were painted gold from the sunset. My heart was melted at the sight... But what was I to do with such a gift? For now I do not dare tell a soul. Suddenly branches had been snapped nearby, birds flew so fast into the sky....Read On

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Rusty, the Screen Door it Slams

Navigating the storms of becoming an adult at 12 is never easy.

Rusty, the screen door it slams. “Ya’ll be careful out there, please.” Momma yells. Rusty, the screen door it slams as Momma ushers us outside. “Little pitchers.” Momma says to Daddy. Rusty, the screen door it slams as Daddy sends us outside. “Daddy doesn't feel well.” Rusty, the screen door it slams as Sissy runs off. “I don’t care what you think, I love him.” She yells, loud enough...Read On


Never Too Late

This was going to be another micro-fiction entry, but it just didn't fit the format...

“ So, Donald, I'm-never-going-to-get-married', Benson has finally been hooked, eh?” The tone was affectionately mocking. “ Looks, that way, aye.” Donald replied, his gentle burr of his Scottish accent carrying a hint of laughter. “ So, who's the clever woman who has turned your head?” he asked. “ Myra. Myra Turnbull. Wee Billy's widow.” Donald said proudly. “ Wow. I didn't know that...Read On


Knock, Knock

The orange doesn't fall far from the tree...

Knock knock! Who's there? Banana! Banana who? When my brother was a little boy, he loved Knock Knock jokes. Maybe all kids do, but Jack went through a period where he couldn't get enough of them. He loved hearing them, learning new ones, and springing them on people. Delivering the punch line gave him immense pleasure, each and every time. The cornier the play on words,...Read On


Love You, x

Little words that mean so much

“Love you, x”. I signed off that way on purpose. It wasn’t accidental or a careless moment of forgetfulness. I meant it. I know as well as you do that ‘love’ can have many meanings; it’s as open to interpretation to me, as it is to you. So don’t back off, don’t run because you assume I’m in love with you. Maybe I am, but more than one meaning of the word “love” fits our relationship. ...Read On


Cricket: Lone Wolf Part 09

Marcia and Naomi are together again

Cricket and Gustaf were unaware if the transfer passed through the courts. It was Christmas week and not much moved. The school buzzed about the concert in the village with a big Christmas tree. Every Christmas Eve, the village celebrated with a concert and mass. The buses left the school filled with jovial students. The headmaster drove the Land Rover with Marcia as company. As they...Read On


Missed calls

It was a stupid argument that morning. She had flounced out of the room, throwing a bitter “sod you” over her shoulder, and minutes later the front door slammed. He’d listened to the rapid click-clack of her heels fading into the distance. Now, at the end of the working day and without an answer to the dozen or so calls he’d made to her mobile phone, he was home again. And, he...Read On


The Coach Trip

Some memories never fade

It’s funny, the moments that stay with you. That coach trip to Glasgow when I was young, a student travelling home. I remember that journey, vividly. It was late, my eyes were heavy. The attractive lady beside me, a stranger, yawned and being gallant, I offered her my shoulder. Smiling, she thanked me, her voice sweet as an angel. Silken hair brushed my cheek as she settled against me....Read On


Amongst the Kingdoms

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow combined in an era long forgotten but yet to be experienced.

To those who would know, yet would not want to know. To see what one does not want to see. Hear what they don’t want to hear. During the future or in the past? What is true desire? When does difference become the same? When does it repeat? When did it first draw breath? Creation is always forgotten. Wondrous during its infancy. Adored and then finally forgotten. Time dilutes. Now and...Read On


A Close Encounter

It was one sudden moment... Felt like forever. I forgot why we decided to hide away from the public, or at least away from those who knew us. Did we even know each other well enough? Could I even trust a young man with such closure... In a swift movement, the two of us came close towards each other. Suddenly our eyes could see deeper than the shell we see from afar. Felt like our...Read On


A not so average day

A giant in his quest for future

Two feet create soft thuds on the ground, hanging over a blue striped bed. Mountains of plush and toys turn into a small sea with in minutes. These drag on indefinitely, creeping along with the slow moving sunshine waiting to be unleashed. Eyes jolt open with tasks waiting to be thrown at the rising giant. Time begins to speed up a bit, words jump out from cartoons and stories. His mind...Read On


Chances 4

Be sweet. Be true. Be kind. Because with things like that, you can change a life. -Naomi

6/13/2005  Hope stood with her tiny suitcase filled with the few pieces of clothing she owned. In her hand, she held her favorite teddy bear. She was ready to go with Sam. One of the men took her suitcase, which appeared dwarfed in his hand. The other man attempted to grab Hope's hand. She quickly pulled it away and held it close to her tiny body. Sam led the group down to her car. One...Read On


Their Dance

I recently saw one of my students and could not believe my eyes. Was this the same little girl I had in my classroom for four years? The one with the hair pulled down around her face and no smile? Yes, except this girl was not hiding. She was smiling and had her hair pulled back. She was beautiful. She came over, smiling, and as I was bending down to hug her she laughed and said she wanted...Read On


Unaware Alpha, Chapter 7, Pack War

We headed out just before dawn and kept it at a steady walk for Gash's sake. She kept up well and didn't whine when she started limping. I knew we needed to rest and slowed everyone to a slow walk until I found a shaded lake. We all drank and laid under a tree, the sun had come up fast and was suddenly very warm. It was strange because the week before had been so cold signaling the coming...Read On


Full Blue Moon Chapter 3: Bonding

Hiro picks himself up, with the help of Kana by his side.

Hiro's alarm clock rang. He was still sleeping in his textbook, unbeknownst to his alarm. After five minutes of it ringing, Fuji came in and turned it off. He looked at his son, took his rolled up newspaper, and slapped him in back of the head. "WAKE UP!" "Ahhhhhhh!" Hiro nearly fell out of his chair. He rubbed his head to see his father in a light blue silk robe. Hiro looked at him as...Read On


Jennifer: Trapped

Jennifer (Boss) 's POV

I'm back at work now... working as a waitress at Applebee's. Taking down orders from customers, taking orders from the managers and the cooks. They don't yell much, but any loud or unfamiliar noises send fear and adrenaline skittering all the way through my body and flashbacks through my mind. Nobody really ever notices unless I stay there for too long and don't come back to the restaurant...Read On


Me Tale Song

It is a sea song

I be a ruthless pirate, I sings me a jolly good rhyme. In every port and bar I go, I haves me a bloody good time, On the sea I be bad, At least I pretends ta be. Yet, instead of this tankard of swill I drink, I’d rather have a spot of tea. I be known as Black Beard, The scourge of the briny deep. But the tales of me be exaggerated some, Like the treasures I did reap. ...Read On


A Sudden Notice

What if one small encounter DID count so much?

In complete shadow, I saw her light reflection stabbing into my affection. No I did not smile. I did not have a shameful expression of joy either. I just could not look away from her aura. The answer to my problem seemed I could only be rid of her image if I became blind. It was mesmerizing. I did want to know what it would be like to touch something delicate and fragile. She seemed petite....Read On


Jennifer: Childish Dreams

Jennifer (Boss) muses about her childish dreams... and what she thinks of them now.

I always wanted to be a cop when I was young. To hold a gun and shoot down the bad guys. I never imagined I'd shoot down some good guys as well. I never imagined I'd fall head over heels in love with the bravest, most amazing man in the world, have two beautiful children with him... and then lose him so soon. Never imagined such evils as a war that began with valid reasoning behind it and...Read On


The embrace

First meeting

Under the tentacles of a gnarled oak, he parked and exited the car, locking it with a ‘beep’ of his key. He strolled through fallen leaves towards the park’s wrought-iron gate where she waited, her back to him, hands thrust deep into coat pockets. “Hello, Carol.” She turned, first her head, followed by a shift in her feet so that she faced him. A hesitant smile. “Hello, Mike,” she...Read On


The Mischievous Muse

For my painter

“Come up to my studio, I need inspiration.” Eyes on mine, she took my hand. Following behind, she commented on the narrowness of the stairs, the smell of paint, the softness of the light. “Where would you like me?” she asked, blithely. “The bed. Nude.” I longed to watch her undress, to witness the shedding of those exterior garbs, revealing her elfin figure. “I want to capture...Read On



As I watch him fall asleep, my heart swells with love for him. I say "I love you" and he answers every time. He listens for my voice and I never disappoint him. When he gets restless I only have to talk to him and he stops and smiles in his sleep. I can not help but laugh out loud at the way he loves me so. I read to him and his spirit calms and he starts to rest so well. I fall...Read On


Second Amendment

She was twelve years old and at the 'know it all' stage. "You need to wear sun-block, Kyla," her frustrated mother said sternly. "I don't want to!" Kyla complained. "And you're not going out without covering your arms! You don't want to be getting skin cancer, do you?" "Mother!" Kyla huffed. "You can't make me anyway," the young girl told her mother, smartly. "It's in...Read On


The Opposites

Chapter 7 - The Fight  And there I was, going to meet my uncle. This wouldn’t be my first fight, but most certainly it would be my last one. I knew that I didn’t need to go too far to find the vampires again, they were after me. I just needed to walk around, they would come and I wasn’t wrong. About half an hour later there he was. “So, you are alone today,” he spoke. “So are you,” I said....Read On