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Dirty Dozen Debrief

Dr. Ingram debriefs the Dirty Dozen

Dr Ingram sat on a stool at the front of the team gathered in laboratory #1. The team was all there, including Jenn still sedated on the bed. The boss sat in the far back, he had wheeled his office chair all the way through the facility to have it for this debrief. Comfort could be accommodated when he recognized it as a priority. Dirk was in the middle of the front semicircle, directly...Read On

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Jenn's First Report - The Dirty Dozen

Jenn recounts what she remembers to Dr Ingram with Dirk as support.

As Dirk came into the laboratory Jenn was sitting on the bed with a glass of water. Dr Ingram was sitting on a chair next to her bed holding a clipboard. Jenn turned and looked up at Dirk, as their eyes met she shakily greeted him, "Hey Dirk, looks like you saved my life again." "It's good to see you awake Jenn. We have been worried about you," Dirk replied as he moved into the room and sat...Read On

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Dirk's Demons - Ash Blowing in the Wind

The Dirty Dozen plus One

Dirk sat uncomfortably outside of the boss' office.  Nat pretended to be busy with a report.  They both sat in their chairs in silence until Nat could not stay quiet any longer.   "I don't think he is going to let you go Dirk.  We are all worried about her, but she broke all protocol and left the team.  It will be a trap, you know it will be.  Why even ask?  He is going to lose his cool,...Read On

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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

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The Haunted Asylum

College Roommates Halloween surprise to never forget

Katy was always bored. She came from a wealthy family with a lawyer father who had given her everything. Spoiled was an understatement.  She had been to every amusement park and had done every roller coaster and thrill ride in the country. She claimed there was nothing she had not tried that was exciting, including bungee jumps and zip lines across canyons and rivers. She had even...Read On

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Dirk's Destiny

A dream with awakening realization.

Dirk was born ambitious, although to common folk. He grew up in the '50s but the calendar shows different. In adulthood he found himself a professional. One day he dreamed he gave up all to be a lone wolf; the educated said he did not exist. He needed no moon in which to howl, no pack in which to alpha-batize. He wandered where he wished; he poked where his curiosity took him. Dirk found...Read On

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Hiding Ma's Shoes

Ma declares a play day afternoon

Sissy was fourteen and a force to be reckoned with. She was the oldest girl on the ranch, but not known for being the busiest. Truth be told, she drove her Ma nuts. Sissy and her siblings did not pay much attention to what year it was, as they lived in a time before electricity was in their parts and maybe even invented. Most days were full of work and some nights included times for sleeping....Read On

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Wrapped in Ribbons and Bows

A Gift and a Tease

After a long day at the office, tired and beat down, he returned home. No greeting at the door, no food on the table. Instead, there was an arrow on the floor. He looked at it, baffled. It was made of cardboard. A man of education, he deduced it was meant for him to follow. It led to a rarely closed door. He turned the knob to discover it locked, but taped to the door was an...Read On

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Fire & Ice - Chapter 2

Reputation is everything, but all work and no play makes for a dull girl.

Jenna returned to her office after her breakfast meeting with Ray Evans excited for the rest of her day. He had been right about the Mediterranean Omelette, it had been delicious. She felt recharged and had a little more bounce to her step. She carefully reviewed the contract and legal forms that he sent to her email. They were quite transparent really, and she felt good about signing them...Read On

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Fire & Ice - Chapter 3

Reputation is everything, but all work and no play makes for a dull girl.

Jenna was intrigued by Ray's homework for her after their first official life coach session. Although she was vaguely familiar with what she knew to be a sensory deprivation tank, she had to agree with Ray, that a 'float tank' was a better marketing name for it. The main reason she knew about those tanks was a fiction novel she had read years back, The Door to December, or something like...Read On

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Fire & Ice - Chapter One

Reputation is everything, but all work and no play makes for a dull girl.

Jenna sat in the waiting area of Cox Consulting, she was early. She was always early for appointments. It was part of her success strategy. A strategy that was working for her. She was a highly trained professional. A consultant herself, she smiled inwardly that she was about to become a client to a management consultant, as a paid benefit from her company. Her smile widened as she reflected...Read On

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Bridges

Cross with care, don't look down, and share your path to the other side.

She loves her Daddy. He gave her all he could for her to stand on her own. She retains all he taught her, all the memories along the way, and the confidence that she built under his tender care. She travels many paths but it is at bridges that she remembers him the most. Chasms of various heights always scare her. Bridges may not be perfectly safe. "Cross with care, don't look down, and...Read On

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Checkered Flag

Sometimes best to stand alone in silence.

As the guitar strums blues and dark country my mind recalls some of what I have seen. It's best to keep it inside. Even my closest lovers don't know. Not that I don't trust them, but because I love 'em so. Bad enough I have had to see it. Judgment comes quick. I've come home alive. Done things best I could. One foot on the brake and one on the gas. Amazes me how much brake I have to use. Wish...Read On

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Chippy

Missing her but comfort in remembering.

Man's best friend. With love in her eyes and her tail making wind, my Chippy. In the days of a boy growing to be a man, my faithful companion through thick and thin. As I discovered girls, a friend to confide in, knowing what was said will stay just between us. After many relationships and heartbreaks, Chippy always listened with those eyes of 'told you so.' Dog years are not enough as the...Read On

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Coma

Alone in the dark

Darkness and silence surround me like rope binding me to a hospital bed. I can't move! Why can't I move? I want to scream but can't.  I can't even feel my tongue.  Physically, I just feel numb, and my thoughts won't stop!  Am I alive?  Maybe I died.  If I died, where is the bright light to follow?  Is this it?  I just exist in this darkness, unable to move for eternity?  Please - is there...Read On

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Ghost

A Halloween photo prompt

It's an old house of history and antiques with a Jane Austin and Bram Stoker feel to it. A bed and breakfast, I could not pass up. It's like a movie in black and white, aged like a fine wine, the creaking floors and the whistling wind are an ambiance to appreciate. I never imagined I would be here alone, nor for a robbery I am not hurt and they are long gone. I am under a sheet looking much...Read On

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My Therapist

Uncomplicated Love

I love my chopper - she performs nicely and I never tire of her rumbling. It's usually just the two of us, although other riders may join us to pursue some lonesome highways looking for nothing but open road. I first called her my mistress, but that got confrontational, resulting in her becoming my therapist. She does soothe me and provides therapy every time we are together. There is...Read On

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Ransom

Police rescues welcome.

Ingrid, an heiress, was rich and beautiful. She got attention everywhere she went. Paparazzi followed her publicly and she was in all the magazines. Fame and money do not always bring happiness, Unfortunately, she got criminal attention when she went in search of a heroine fix. Found herself blindfolded, bound and gagged in a warehouse in the slums. Hefty sums were sought for ransom....Read On

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The Doldrums

Floating in darkness

Into the darkness I drift, numbness taking hold of my body and mind. No breeze in my sails, no motivation to lift oars as nothing is in sight across the horizon. Expanse of mists across what must be waters of no waves. When I awake from this dreamless slumber I will consider slipping over the stern. Sink, stand, float or tread the ocean, desert, or space in which I exist. If my wits return and...Read On

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Tightrope

on a tightrope with unseen safety net of love below

I tried to tell her to be cautious, to understand it's a dangerous world out there. And with those words to ponder, I let her go. And she flew, cllimbed, and explored, always pushing her limits, on the tightrope, of life. What she and the rest of you can't see, is I am here for her should she fall, should she need a safety net, loving arms extended, just off camera, ready.  ...Read On

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Waiting

Thankless service but still serving.

She walked to the window, desiring to step from the dark toward light. Where was he now? Did she really want the answer to that? He was dedicated to a system that took more than it gave. It took him away from her. It always left her waiting for his return. He gave her everything. It was more than a job to him, she knew that. She loved him. She had sons by him and they loved him too. They...Read On

Musings(1)

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Downstream

From sky to land, from high to low, my waters flow to you.

I've traveled many miles before reaching you. Fallen from vast heights, down waterfalls, rivers and through streams. My pollution is minimal as I have always kept moving. Now, I want to be a lake, never to leave you. A sanctuary you are to me. I feel safe, I feel clean, I feel fresh each day. My past is behind me. I have come a long way to be with you. As a lake, we must yet flow a little...Read On

Poetry(1)

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Beyond Normal Living

Living Life Beyond Normal Living

My heart beats for a bright-eyed maiden. by loving example she teaches me the art of living. I will share a glimpse of her view, an experience she shares of how to exist beyond normal living: “While on a morning walk in nature, I saw the beautiful things I love: the birds, the flowers, and all God’s gifts to us. Their beauty my eyes sought out and my soul cherished. I was full, I thought,...Read On

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Dirk's Deal - Dirty Dozen Demystified

Dr. Ingram Briefs Dirk on The Dirty Dozen's Mission.

Dirk was waiting in Laboratory #1. Dr. Ingram had invited him for a special briefing, promising to provide him more background and understanding of not only their next mission, but their overall mission. She also promised to brief what he needed to know about the enemy's tactics, and the Dirty Dozen's vulnerabilities. Dirk was absolutely ready, he had waited a long time to be trusted...Read On

Supernatural(1)

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Wandering Jack - The Curse

A cursed man on a long road to redemption.

I am here to tell my own story. It's not yet over and I will have to go backwards before going forwards in order for you to understand my circumstances. I don't much like the word damned, as it has a history of being so final. I resist that I am damned, although I fully accept that I am cursed. You see, I made some bad decisions. I am sure there is not anyone out there that has not. So, I...Read On

Thriller(1)

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Daddy's Little Princess

She was just a girl in the wrong place at the wrong time

Never in my life did I imagine that I would get caught up in a crime, let alone a robbery. kidnapping and now, possibly murder. How the fuck did this happen! Why me? I'm not rich, I don't work for a bank. I'm just a girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time! I needed to go to the bank to finish my application for a small business loan. I did all I could online, but they said I...Read On