Dave's Place Chapter 2 - Janet

"Welcome to Dave's Place." Walking in was a cute latina mujer. She was about 5' 4" with curves in the right places. I was obviously interested. I could only hope she'd pick up. I try to just flirt lightly with the customers, but sometimes I can't help myself. "Hola," she replied. "¿Como esta?" I think she was trying to catch me off guard, but I've lived in Texas a long time. " ¿B ien, y...Read On


Dave's Place Chapter 4 - Andy

Susan smiled as I began my story, "Andy spends a lot of time...." .... at the bar. Part of it is he likes the camaraderie, but the truth of the matter is he'd rather be with his family. He's the most devoted family man I know. Andy is always ready to lend a hand to anyone, and he's loyal as they come. Unfortunately, his ex-wife didn't seem to appreciate him as much as his friends do. Not...Read On


Dave's Place Chapter 5 - Elaine

Chapter 5 of Dave's Place. Go back to the first one if you haven't read it!

I met Elaine long ago. She was one of the first regulars. She caught my eye as soon as she walked through the door. It was that self assured stride with her head held high. It certainly didn't hurt that it was impossible to miss all those curves. She strode right up to the bar and asked for a hefeweizen. I poured it slowly hoping to engage her in some conversation, "I'm Dave. I hope you...Read On


Dave's Place Chapter 6 - Susan

"You're married?" Susan exclaimed. I felt a hole where my stomach should have been. I saw the look of shock and horror across her face. Then a pained look took over her whole body. I broke out in a cold sweat. I couldn't imagine hurting this woman and I barely knew her. I nodded slowly. "Why did you ask me out if you're married?" she asked through clenched teeth. The anger radiated from her...Read On


Dave's Place Chapter 7 - Kay

I texted Susan a few times, but I didn't want to scare her away so I kept it to pleasantries. She hadn't offered much of herself in the weeks she had been coming in, and I knew pushing would be a bad idea. Still, it made me smile every time I got a reply. I got really excited the next time she came through the big front door late one evening. It was a weeknight, and only a few customers...Read On


Dave's Place Chapter 8 - Victor

I could tell Susan was tiring of the serious conversation and I wasn't the only one. Andy caught my eye, ordered another Guiness, and said, "Tell her about Victor." I got a big grin on my face and said, "That is the best idea I've heard all evening." Susan smiled anticipating the story. I pulled Andy his beer and began. "Victor is a big, big Puerto Rican guy with more charisma than...Read On

Flash Fiction(3)


Charlotte Sometimes


She fled. The tears tore not just from her soul, but from those who took the time to notice her escape. "How could he cut me that deeply? Preying on my insecurity, preying on my pain," she asked herself. It was a crowded throng. She had thought it was just another date and a walk along the boardwalk, but then..... She fought through the tears back to her car. What went wrong? What did...Read On


Dave's Place Chapter 1 - Rick

Rick and I hit it off from the beginning. I first took notice when he was involved in a discussion about cars. Well, not really cars, but a car. A town car. It was an average Thursday crowd with the regulars coming in from work. Dave's Place is near several professional buildings, and there are plenty of computer geeks and engineers that need a drink. "I got her a town car!" he emphasized....Read On


Just Like Heaven

Inspired by The Cure

"Do it again!" she squeeled. That peal of laughter always tickled me down to my toes. It was an absolute spring of joy. The remembrance alone brings a smile to my lips. I had a way of touching her with just the right pressure, in just the right spot which delighted her. It wasn't a lovers touch, but some cross between a tickle and a caress, and a visible jolt of pleasure would work its...Read On



Dave's Place (prologue)

Short stories inspired by life.

"Welcome to Dave's Place," I said from behind the bar. I can always recognize someone with a story. She walked through the door glancing around like she wasn't supposed to be here. Yet, she couldn't have arrived by accident. This place was very obvious from the outside. You know what you're going to find. It was much bigger than the surrounding buildings and the sign had my name. There...Read On



Dave's Place Chapter 3 - Susan

"That was wonderful." Susan hit me with that smile again. It made me quiver down to my core, but I didn't let her know. I think she knew anyway. "Do I get any of your story?" "Not just yet. I'd like to keep you guessing. You could tell me some of yours though." My face darkened briefly. I thought for a moment and said, "It's long, but I'll tell you next time you come in." She...Read On




The lead-up is almost as fun.

Anticipation The excitement starts weeks away. We discuss the dates of our next encounter. Both our busy lives leave little time to see each other, but we carve out a little slice. Sometimes, it's a big slice. That makes me grin, as the tickets are purchased. Each day I wake knowing I'll see her again. The weeks go by and none of the little things matter. Perhaps I'm just sappy, but as...Read On




Apart but not separate

  I see you across the canyon, Unable to hold you tight. I can't help with your distress, Try as though I might. Feeling your hurt inside me, I reach out with my mind. Trying to make you hear me. Thoughts of ours in kind. I love you more than words, And how I hold you dear. It's only the distance between us. Soon I will be near. I know today's a rough one, Your struggle obvious,...Read On


Beneath the Stars

hat tip: Snow Patrol

Dancing beneath the stars with you, Thrills my throbbing heart. My skin delights at your first touch, Such a way to start. Tingles travel down my body, Your face, eyes, and smile. I want to drink you deeply in, Let us spend a while. Moonlight shining throughout your hair, Sparkling in your eyes, Sensuous soft lips pressed to mine, Shedding our disguise. ...Read On


Can't call for help

Oh NOS! Where did it go?

. I step slowly from the cab, Generously paying the tab, The drivers kind of cute, Not paying attention while I gab. Tell the cabbie, thank you ma'am, Handing her a few clams, Stepping out of the car The door shuts with a slam. There's a tablet here, I know. Wallet's in the pocket fo' sho. No phone in the other! Oh, no, where did it go? I pat my self down, Starting to frown, ...Read On



The secondary pain of loss is questioning our mortality and that of those around us.

I read your status, I made the call, I felt the chill Go down my spine. I heard your loss, so sudden, so quick, Those left behind, New wife and child. How does this happen? Random and unfair. So young and strong, Now still and gone. I want to reach out Tell you "I love you," To each and everyone, That I call dear. But I'm cold and scared, It could happen to me, It...Read On



I needed to laugh today. Hope it brings a smile to your face too.

Let us talk about ducks Should be easy with any luck. They don't growl and they don't cluck. They quack and quack and don't get stuck. They have cute webbed feet, Their meat is such a treat, They don't bark and they don't bleat, They like fish; tasty to eat. When winter came, south they flew, I really like them in my stew They don't meow and they don't moo, Come for dinner, I'll cook for...Read On



I hope it's creepy enough

You know that feeling creeping up your spine? Cold, wet, shivering, like drinking brine? It makes you weak and buckles your knees, Filled with dread and trying to flee. Walk down the hall almost pitch black, Too scared to run, not daring to look back. What is that sound? A creak; a groan. Neither are yours, you're not alone. No one to help you or hold your hand, What do...Read On



Damn you, lizard brain!

I remember the day we created art, The surest sign I gave you my heart. Posing and kissing we took shot after shot, The caption reading my deepest thought. We hung it with care in our little room, Our symbol of love among doom and gloom, Something of us, that we made together, Our always, not just in fair weather. Years went by, yet it remained, Though on occasion things were strained,...Read On


For You

I hope this brings a smile to your face.

Your eyes sparkle like diamonds, Your skin is soft like gold. Your mind is sharp like jewels. Your lips taste like fine wine. You are a valuable treasure. Your laughs are like beautiful chimes. Your dance is fine rhythm. Your voice is a catchy melody, Your speech is the finest verse. You are an inspiring song. Your hair is like beautiful silk. Your figure is like a porcelain statue....Read On



I don't say the word lightly

I said I'd love you forever,  That means until the end of time. I feel the pain that wracks you, I will hold you as you cry. I cannot be upset nor mad, In spite of the times I've tried. I'm sorry when you looked up, And I wasn't by your side. You're my muse and inspiration, The one for whom I achieve, You know how much I care, My heart is on my sleeve. We don't need decisions,...Read On


Free hugs

To cheer up a loved one.

Hush, my dear, don't say a word. I feel your pains that have occurred. Come close to me and rest your head, I'll hold you tight, scatter your dread. I know you so well; all your fears, Those you call flaws; I hold dear. Not weak at all, so strong and so smart, I love you so much with all my heart. Too often you feel scared and alone, Worried, uncertain, the future unknown. I'll always...Read On


Good morning

Soft music plays, Starting new days. Slowly open eyes, Each dawn a surprise. Stretching like a cat, No linger time. Drat. Still, I smile to my core, It is you I adore. I turn to see your face, Each curve of yours I trace, Admire your soft smooth skin, Need you ere the day begins. Gently caress along your hip, Soft kiss on your sleeping lips With just one view, you fill my heart, I see...Read On



What's the word?

How?  . Stop and start. Start and stop. Brain is locked; Ideas are blank. Words won't flow; Soul won't sing. Inadequate in everything. "She's an angel," I say These gross hands are just blocks. I need a fine razor, I have only an axe. She is precious and fine, And I'm just a clutz, She's such a great treasure, My crate just won't do. A princess at the ball, Me, the court jester, Her...Read On



Words cannot express how much you have meant to me

I want to get something off my chest and let someone know they are the best. When my life was filled with strife, I met someone who changed my life. I was angry, hurt and dissatisfied, I met her friends and was gratified. She taught me to think before I spoke, Think of the damage from a simple joke. She made me think of my job and my health, The pride of accomplishment, not just the...Read On



i will take your cares away

I approach you slowly,  Laid out on the bed, All your skin exposed, And curls upon your head. I admire every line, The smile on your face, The firm muscles below skin, Awaiting my finger's trace. My heart filled with joy, Before the first caress, I think of all our history, Passing every test. My fingers work their magic, Along your supple skin. Kneading stress away, Healing can begin. I...Read On


Our Story

Our story started years ago, A time, a place I'll not forget. Lost and lonely, dissatisfied. Ignorant, but looking for you. Our conversation filled my mind. Clever; witty. excited me. Awakened possibilities. Began to feel alive again. Our attraction filled my body. Sensual, sexy, and intense. Fueling a passionate furnace. Began to feel my heart again. Our friendship filled my soul....Read On



You make everything better

.The alarm screams; awake with a sniff Bones creak, and muscles stiff, Reaching to hit the snooze, But the world's in its brightest hues. Freezing water tries make me clean, Just as cold the coffee beans, A lack of milk has the cereal dry. And yet I grin in reply. The car didn't want to start, In traffic behind a farmer's cart. The time clock says I'm very late. My joy still will not abate....Read On



My eyes beat the alarm, My thoughts nice and warm. Waking with a start. Anticipation in my heart, Planning for fun ahead, Mind clear of dread Like the last day of school. Packing each one of my tools. My baby is too far away, I miss her every day, Thinking of all her charms Soon she'll be in my arms, I bubble with excitement, Like completing an assignment, The project is perfect;...Read On



Let no man put asunder

. Out in the sea, Two rocks stand joined. Leaning together, Resisting time. Pillars of strength, They stand as idols. Lovers travel far, To admire the pair. The waves crash, And the wind blows. Year after year. Together they remain. Not the mightiest ship, Not the strongest storm, Not the largest wave, Can put them asunder. You are my rock, You are my strength Lean on me, my love, As...Read On


The Playground

.  Off we go to the playground To laugh and jump and run.  Holding your hand on the way,  Our bodies poised for fun. Dizzy from the merry-go-round,  Holding tight to your hand.  You keep me safe and grounded,  Protected from the unplanned. The teeter totter goes up and down,  Insides all aflutter. You fill me with joy; toes to nose  Laughing like a nutter. Then we swing without...Read On



Watch for signs. Your loved ones may need help.

I see you there, Out in the sea, Waving at people,  Who just wave back. They don't understand. You're not having fun. The struggle is real, Too tired to swim. They can't see your call Your cry for help. The waves take you down. Why won't they come? Maybe they can't see. Maybe they can't hear. Maybe they're too busy. Maybe they don't care. Slipping beneath the waves, The sun...Read On


Winter is coming

The seasons change no matter how much we don't want them to.

. The days are shorter, They grow colder, They grow dimmer, A breeze from the north. Green fades to gray, Not steady each day, But slowly, inexorably, The summer will fade. I feel it in my bones. I feel it in my head. I feel it in my soul. Little to feed my heart. The fields are more sparse, No leaves on the trees, The sun hides behind clouds. The chill seeps in. Winter is coming....Read On

Romance (1)


The Dance

Sometimes, someone is just perfect

I hold her close against me. Not the soft touching of a casual dance, but instead the close pull with my hand in the small of her back and our hips pressed together. I admire the smooth curve of her neck and the feel of her chest against me. I breathe her in as her intoxicating scent sends my mind back to each moment of our relationship. I recall the first time we met. It was a...Read On