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PROLOGUE   Without warning, the seal of the President of the United States interrupts all popular network shows. The seal is mounted on a hardwood presidential speaker lectern, designed with elegant features that includes a solid walnut finish and blue fabric that veils the top. The camera zooms out, revealing a wide shot of the lectern positioned in front of an aircraft hanger. This aircraft hanger is where aviation technicians regularly perform [...]

Nightmare Lane

PROLOGUE   Without warning, the seal of the President of the United States interrupts all popular network shows. The seal is mounted on a hardwood presidential speaker lectern, designed with elegant features that includes a solid walnut finish and blue fabric that veils the top. The camera zooms out, revealing a wide shot of the lectern positioned in front of an aircraft hanger. This aircraft hanger is where aviation technicians regularly perform [...]

Nightmare Lane

 

A Secret in Ash Brooke -  Chapter Eight – Martin frequents the theater -  Martin enjoyed the theater, and was fortunate to become close friends with the widower, who lived in number eight. Doug lived alone and often invited Martin to join him for dinner, and take in the theater. After the other tenants learned how he loved the theater, they kept Martin well supplied with tickets. Anyone who needed to find him [...]

A Secret in Ash Brooke (08a)

 

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The blue Cayenne hybrid SUV wove its way down the steep inclined canyon road. It hugged each curve with a slow and steady rhythm as it navigated its way down. Within the car, a handsome, middle-aged couple argued. Tension infused the air. Clearly, they had been quarreling for some time. “Lars, this is ridiculous. You can’t be sure! All of these years—a lifetime’s work! What are you going to do?” she asked, running her hands through her bobbed black hair in frustration. “Listen, honey, sometimes you have to go with your gut feeling.” “But your reputation!” “My reputation will survive. It’s my conscience [...]

Chapter 1 from The One (The Only One) #1

"So what's this all about, Emerin?" Callum showed no signs of moving forward. "Same thing that it always is, a headache. A really bad one this time." "Come on now, headaches don't make people run away. They don't make people wander off into danger and do things that they're not supposed to be doing!" "But they do, Callum....I...I don't know how to explain it; it's a desire; it's too strong sometimes and I just can't...." I trailed off, unable to speak through the pain. "I need to sit down." I began to shuffle toward the steps that led to the door of the [...]

Guardians of the Light - Trouble with Callum

Time: Age 41 I was married to Kristy for 19 years, two children and one house. Ours was a loveless marriage and the only reason I stuck it out was because of the children. The best years were bad; the worst were horrible. I was counting the days until my daughter went off to college and I could leave the marriage. I used to joke to my son how lucky he was that he was getting out of there sooner than me. I was also married to my job. I worked for many years at a place called Software Unlimited, Inc. I’d [...]

Future Past - Essay 20 - Wendi Julliard

PROLOGUE   Without warning, the seal of the President of the United States interrupts all popular network shows. The seal is mounted on a hardwood presidential speaker lectern, designed with elegant features that includes a solid walnut finish and blue fabric that veils the top. The camera zooms out, revealing a wide shot of the lectern positioned in front of an aircraft hanger. This aircraft hanger is where aviation technicians regularly perform maintenance on the Army Golden Knights aircraft, the UV-18A Twin Otter, located at Pope Air Force Base. The President appears on screen walking toward the lectern. The clicking sounds of [...]

Nightmare Lane

Kevin was running late. His shift was supposed to end 30 minutes earlier but a co-worker had called in, saying he would be late. Asked to stay a little later, Kevin didn't feel he was in a position to decline, especially since he would be quitting to move to Edmonton the following week and would want every extra penny he could get. As he was getting ready to leave, his manager approached him. “Son, I'll be sorry to see you go next week but I understand the importance of getting an education, of following your dreams and not settling for less. [...]

Kevin's Conversation with Mr. Parsons

I’ve been participating in online dating off and on since 1997, I’ve tried a variety of sites and I have had so many amazing, funny, weird and odd experiences I wanted to share what I’ve learned. What not to do, what to look out for, how to stay safe and when to be fearless. I’ve avoided some mistakes, but made plenty of others and if I can help you avoid them and help you stay safe and have some fun, then I can feel happy.

Online Dating Done Right

...She looked at the peasant.  His hot pink eyes met her eye as his knees buckled and he fell to the ground with a large thump.  They were full of anger and hatred for everything that she had done. Everything that she had ruined. Then they were empty. Karl was dead. The reality of it all hit her instantly.  She had killed someone. Her eyes were wide with horror at the whole experience.  She looked around at her surroundings for the first time since the battle.  Rodrigue's mouth was wide open, his jaw gaping as he stared at his fallen cousin while the other [...]

Harsh Reality

"Emerin, are you listening...are you sure you're okay?" "I'm fine," I said, but I was only half listening, only dimly aware of what was going on around me. I focused all the energy my sore head could offer on the figure on the mountain. It was getting closer. "What is that?" Jalya inquired, having turned her attention back to the window. "I don't know." My head began to throb, the left side feeling curiously disconnected from the right. Pressure built around my eye and the pain moved down the back of my head and overtook the left side of my neck. I reached [...]

Guardians of the Light -- The Man on the Hill

A Secret in Ash Brooke - Chapter Seven Continued –  The company tried to get the tenants to reduce their standards, claiming the area is unsuitable for a five-star restaurant. One designer stated. “A four-star would have trouble making a go here George. Who in this area can afford such extravagant meals and prices?” The tenants intended for the restaurant to have very few customers at first. Their plans were only a small part of their vision. They had much larger goals in mind. They knew the establishment would grow and keep pace as further improvements were carried out. Area diner owners learned the [...]

A Secret in Ash Brooke (07b)

When the remains of a disfigured body turns up in the backwoods of Virginia, FBI agent Jack Stanwick is once again summoned. This was now the third victim recovered with unusual physical characteristics, and with most of the brotherhood on another high-profile case, he needed some outside help…and knew who to enlist. Jack knocked on the front door of the Davenport Detective Agency where three ex-cops, Bren Williams, Derek O’Rourke and Russ Munroe are employed by former police chief, Raymond Davenport. Once hired, the detectives focus their attention on the militia group, M.A.G.O.C. (Men Against Government Overtaking Control), and find [...]

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