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Love & Affection Challenge - Karma's My Mom

Treat your girlfriend well but always treat your dog better...

It was hot. I was late. She’d be ticked. I raced home. KFC rode shot. Cold beer awaited. She didn’t even greet me. I quickly showered, changed to shorts, turned on CNN, sat in comfort, and ate my chicken. The dog didn’t whine, she only stared. “Mine, go away,” I said and offered her none. She left, tail between her legs, but vowed revenge. I then bit and swallowed, but something...Read On


To love and dream

Taking the time to know Things are not always as first thought Lips speaking without words Heat in the strength of arms Eyes burning with knowledge The joining of two That become one Twinkling stars smiling In the darkness Nothing can separate Nor come between The strength to love and   See with your heart and mind Desire without sight or sound Only to love and dream      ...Read On


Arbour Games - A Fuel Story

Like adrenaline-filled racing action? Then don't miss out on this one.

30th of September - Season 1 Moodswing swore. They were behind schedule. The event was set to start at 6 pm and his first two racers were nowhere to be seen. A bead of sweat travelled down his brow as he looked. He looked at his watch again: 5:50. Dammit , he thought, where the hell are they ? He looked up and saw Penny Potgieter and Brenda Koek. Well, at least they're here . They...Read On


Out of the Shadows, Part Eight

7. Father and daughter Tom and Lisa Smith no longer have the home they had lived in at a time when daughter and sibling Majella had last been with them. A wife, a mother gone so long since before a complete family could become fully complete and be a five-piece in that home. Lisa in her own head can only see brief images of her mother, she had been so young then that she can’t have any...Read On


Pscybotics Volume One: Episode 9: Meant for a Purpose

After the events of the previous episode, Ripley now faces the justice system of the Resistance

FOUR WEEKS LATER November 7th, 2040  – 08:57 “Don’t worry,” said Sam.  “I’m sure they’ll rule in your favour. “How can you be so sure?” said Ripley. “Because Eduardo’s in one piece,” said Selena.  “And according to Sommer, she saved his life.  That means you were right.  So you have nothing to be afraid of.” “It doesn’t change what she did,” Selena.  “She attacked you and...Read On


Crazy Cat People

It has been another long and miserable day ferrying scrap metal and hazardous materials across the state and I am tired. I don't complain much as it still it beats driving over the road because I am home every night. I activate the remote for the garage and slow the Harley down so I don't have to come to a dead stop to wait for the door to open. The absence of my wife's car reminds me that...Read On


Love and Affection Challenge: Buck's Bucks

Even Buck’s friends considered him a tightwad's tightwad.

  Folks always claimed ‘Buck’k Granderson got his nickname because he still had the first dollar he ever made. It wasn’t true, at least not the part about his name. I had it on very good authority that his parents, two otherwise sober and responsible individuals, named him Buckalew Lavelle Granderson. While few knew about his full name, those who did all agreed it must have been a long and...Read On


At the Fair

Retired postal worker goes to county fair to relax, but finds something amiss.

Gus attended the county fair for some well earned leisure time and an afternoon filled with relaxed thoughts. He was a recent retiree from his career as a U.S. Postoffice mail sorter. He had spent long, painstaking hours accurately sorting mail, and packages into slots and trains of canvas-bags. He took personal pride getting every address precisely sorted to expedite delivery. He once got...Read On


Pizza Identity

I was sitting inside at a table with a few children, and we were doing puzzles. It was so hot that we, the teachers, had made the executive decision to bring the kids inside and just chill out. We had Netflix for kids on the TV and some of the children were sitting on the mat and watching. Three of them, actually, had fallen asleep, all in the same position, all facing the same...Read On


Fuel Season 1: Episode 5: The Family Man

The 1st PPV might be behind us but the aftermath continues only on Monday Night Fuel

30th of September - Season 1 Heroes didn’t lose when it counted most. That was how all the movies went, right? Back in the dark ages, the fairytales always had the bad guy bite the dust in the end. So, if that was the case, then how the hell did he lose to Jim Kieck at Arbour Games? Just as John Kloof contemplated his failure from last night, a voice boomed on the P.A. system. ...Read On


Out of the Shadows, Part Seven

5. ‘Are you ready champ?’ ‘I am always ready. You know this.’ ‘Then let’s go.’ Paul Malone, with his trainer and manager in tow, makes his way out to a ring for the latest defence of his lightweight championship. The venue is packed to the rafters with approximately eight thousand people filling every available seat between them. The undercard for the night had been considered an...Read On


A time to harvest.

Reaping the harvest was no easy task, but hard work was always rewarding, and today was a special day! The people sang new songs and were full of joy! They bundled the grain and lifted it high as they carried it back to the store houses. They laughed and joked with each other as they took long drinks from the well to quench their thirst on the cool fall day.    No labor on this day was lost...Read On


Love&Affection Challenge ~ Puppy Love

Pets love us unconditionally

Pets complete our families. We had a tradition to always rescue animals from the shelter or donate food to the shelter.  We liked to help people keep their family pets when they were down on their luck. We would give them pet food or do whatever we could to help. We would even pet-sit so they wouldn't have to leave the pet alone for hospital stays or if they went on vacation.   We...Read On


A Prayer for Each One

She wanted him home safe



Fuel Season 1: Episode 4: Playing with Fire

When you play with fire, you're gonna get burnt... or will you? Find out tonight

23rd of September - Season 1 Bang! The slap stung, sending searing pain through his face. But as Jim Kieck stood there on the receiving side of this “assault”, he couldn’t help but think, okay, I deserved that one . He wanted to smile at the turn of events but didn’t. He knew better. He’d been here before and things usually went smoother if he acted just as disappointed in the turn...Read On


Out of the Shadows, Part Six

  In the dulled white brick common room of an asylum like facility for women and girls, mostly girls, some of whom as young as just nine years old, most of whom are held against their will, Majella Smith has an inquiry to make. This place is anything but kind to her, still, there are at least two individuals here with whom she can … confide in. Away from the steel mesh-covered windows and...Read On


Not Goldilocks

  Annie married a city fellow. She told her husband about kinfolk in Tennessee. She wanted them to meet. After their wedding, they set off to drive down. They went through the Great Smoky Mountains. Cars were stopped for a black bear on the road. Annie’s husband urged her to get out and get as close as possible for a photo. Annie stood in front of the bear, cute little purse over...Read On


Heroes Of The Revolution

Because Viktoria wanted to keep her occupation a secret, she travelled seventy kilometres each morning to work.  Today was the first of November and the familiar landscape lay covered by a fresh fall of snow. Gazing from the bus at the uniform whiteness, her thoughts turned to husband, Ivan. He had changed  since she started her new job. Often in a bad mood and forever criticising...Read On


Out of the Shadows, Part Five

3. ‘Packed house tonight, as expected, as the most anticipated rematch in recent history is only moments away. Can the challenger get one step closer to gold after the epic performance he put in last time out? Before our live broadcast goes in ring for the main event introductions I can tell you, if you didn’t already know, there are rumours that the champ is still reeling from that...Read On


Dirk's Family - An Introduction

An introduction to Dirk's Team and Family - The Dirty Dozen

Dirk was in his bunk listening to his dark country mix when Devin came in and smacked his boot hanging off the bed and said, "The boss wants you." He took out his earbuds and sprang out of the bunk and dropped to the floor and pumped out 50 pushups, stood up and then slapped Devin in the shoulder. "Any idea why the boss wants me?" "No, I'm just the messenger dude. He looks bored as usual and...Read On


Leap of Faith

Just another Valentine's Day

For a second or two after waking, she was lulled by the atavistic relief that comes from surviving another night. Then Faith remembered what day it was, and reality shouldered aside her absurd peace of mind. Resigned to her destiny, she reluctantly abandoned the warm bed. Despite her disquiet she took special pains with her ablutions, carefully shaving her legs and underarms, even...Read On


Memories of a woman

Donna would tell she was in her late eighties, just not how late. She always had a smile and if she could get her hands on you, even a bigger hug. She had fallen and I went to the hospital to check on her  As I got to the door. I heard voices. Thinking the doctor was with her I waited  I heard Donna's voice begin to tell one of her many stories. Her words took me in as I closed my eyes...Read On


You And Me And Pocahontas Makes Three



The Long Road Home. Chapter 15.

“At least it has stopped snowing,” Maria said. “Quite a pleasant morning really.”

Innsbruck, December 19 th 1943   Katarina and Maria sat silently facing the warm, crackling fire which was burning brightly in the fireplace of the guardroom. For a while, at least, they were warm but very weary. On the wall above the fireplace was a large clock. Maria looked up at it and sighed gently. Every swing of the pendulum and every tick and tock of the escape...Read On


Chill Story in a Warmer Clime

We must never forget

THE WINTER OF 1946-47 was long and cold in northern Montana. On Christmas Day my father pulled me on my brand-new sled to a neighbor's house, where we borrowed a load of firewood that we stacked on our back porch. I seem to remember that the thermometer read --55 that day, but childhood memories are notoriously suspect. Nonetheless, it was very cold. Flathead Lake froze so thick people...Read On


S.E.C.R.E.T. Ch4

Chapter Four   The precinct is bustling with activity when they enter. Calypso is nibbling on a cherry filled donut. Unlike vampires, succubi can digest human food. While not their main source of sustenance, Valerian knows Calypso enjoys a variety of dishes. Unfortunately, with energy being their main diet, she’s explained it’s easy for her to put on pounds, not having the metabolism to...Read On


Out of the Shadows, Part Four

2. How often a gift is misperceived as a defect or an illness that needs to be treated rather than being something which could and should be nurtured, encouraged even. The darker a light is, the more it will be hidden or misused or punished. Why is it so often the case that when something very difficult to understand comes along that it almost immediately is perceived to be evil or bad?...Read On


Dandelion Days

The school bell sounded for the end of term. Richard rose and slung his satchel across his broad back. The summer of 1914, the last of his dandelion days of youth, stretched ahead like an endless shimmering dream. Strong as a heartbeat, his boots clipped a rhythm on the road, while from a field, an old bay horse lifted its heavy head to watch him pass. Impulsively, Richard flung his tie over...Read On


Out of the Shadows, Part Three

It begins … SIGHT We can’t always see what may come our way and that is if we can ever truly foresee anything coming that might actually one day come our way whether that one day be imminent or it be one that is a long way off. We can work towards a goal, acquire wealth and admiration and even attain success though nothing in life is certain, except death that is. There can be times...Read On


Tilda Green

Sometimes things are not what we think.

It is surprising how much changes in a lifetime. Cars, airplanes, refrigerators, telephones, electric stoves, big highways all over the country. All sorts. And people. Gosh, what changes. For instance, there was a little baby girl born in Tennessee and named Annie. Now, the parents of Annie’s daddy said they didn’t want that baby girl to go with her mother when she went to Washington, D.C....Read On