Brookell

Stories

What a Day

It was a rough day and you were all she was looking forward to.…

It was a long day and you were the only thing I was looking forward to.  There was an empty place where you were sitting so recently.  My disappointment crushed down on me as I couldn't believe you were gone.  I stood there my arms at …

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John Is That You?

I heard something ... new ... today!…

The bathroom at my office is this narrow affair.  Along one wall are sinks, then four urinals, and then six toilet stalls.  The other wall was paper towels, trash containers, and dryers.  The arrangement matters for this story.One day I was in the se…

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It's not a Dystopian Nightmare

Reap what you sow!…

If you could, you would see deserted streets, buildings, and whole towns.  Cars stopped and rusting along unused roads.  Nature was reclaiming the world, one that got a science lesson.Regardless of your religious beliefs, the lesson proved evolution …

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A Life Well Lived

She sat in her chair ruminating over her life.…

She smiled at many of her memories, including her childhood adventures even her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren only believed when they are very young.  Her brothers understood, since they shared those adventures, and often the three …

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Entertaining His Wife

He insulted my friends truck…

My friend drives a small Sonoma pick-up, it's about eighteen-years-old and in great shape.  One day we were going to lunch and she parked next to a huge Ford F-250.  The owner looked at my friend's truck and made a comment to his wife, who snickered.…

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Dream a little Dream

Was it a dream?…

When she awoke, she was alone except for the cats.  She sat there and tried to capture the essence of what had to be the most marvelous of dreams.  Incredible characters, a fanciful story, danger, and friendships galore that felt remarkably real.  Sh…

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Tis The Season

She couldn't do it any longer…

"I'm sorry Marge, I can't drive with you any longer.""Why not, Lois?  I thought we were friends?  Is it my driving?""Yes, we are friends, good friends.  And no, it's not your driving.""Then what's the problem?""You just had your car fixed, right?""Ye…

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They Believe Him Now

Everyone looked a little sideways at him after his youthful stories…

The town mourned when he passed away and held a very large funeral.  He was survived by his wife, three children, and many grandchildren.  The officiant told his long life and the many changes he had brought to their town. Suddenly a  dark shadow pas…

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She's Come Into Her Own

She found love, but also found her purpose in life!…

She wiped a smudge off her porcelain cheek. Her husband clapped her shoulder. "You were supposed to stay out of it.""I would have if the witch hadn't sent that dragon!" The neighboring Queendom thought the death of her step-mother was an opening to i…

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Love Wins!

She enjoys a visit to the seaside…

She sat on the beach watching her children playing in the surf.  She knew they were perfectly safe but also knew the dangers of the water all too well.  Her husband sat on the sand next to her, his arm around her shoulder comforting her and making he…

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Success Can Be Earned

He stopped to visit the old homestead.…

He opened the door to his old hut. It had been years since he’d been here. He never could bring himself to sell it, even after his mother passed on.So much had happened since that one day. His name became famous throughout the land and opened so many…

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The Queen Mother

She planned well for the future.…

The Queen Mother sat quietly as her daughter, the newly crowned monarch, presided over her first meeting of Parliament. She remembered her own first time, following the death of her husband the King. She knew her daughter was nervous, but also saw th…

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He Aches No More

The old man moved slowly but with surprising grace.…

His joints ached, his vision wasn't great, and say nothing about his hearing because he won't hear you.  The stooped-over old man looked like a gnarled oak, but always had a smile for everyone.  Once there was a time he could have lived forever, barr…

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One Disaster After Another

What else could go wrong this year!…

This year, amid multiple tragedies such as the Corona pandemic, record-breaking hurricanes and tropical storms, and an outrageous election — the entire airline industry was grounded. No, it wasn’t COVID-19, although that played a role in the many str…

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