Spirit of the Season, A Christmas Tale in Three Parts (Part Three)

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three— but the greatest of these is love." Part 3: Love The phone rang as he returned to the counter. “24-7 Shoppe. How can I help you?” “Daddy?” The childish voice was hollow and faint, an unmistakable tone of loss managing to permeate both syllables. An icy chill …

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Spirit of the Season: A Christmas Tale in Three Parts (Part Two)

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three— and the greatest of these is love." Part 2: Faith Alonzo stared at the floor for some time before emerging from his stupor. Every time the door shuddered in its frame, he jumped, but as the minutes passed and nothing happened, he slowly relaxed. Alright. So it …

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Spirit of the Season: A Christmas Tale in Three Parts (Part One)

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three— but the greatest of these is love." Part 1: Hope The front windows of 24/7 Shoppe rattled as the rimy wind screamed outside, and Alonzo Giaccini shivered as he wrung out his mop. It was bad enough to be working late Christmas Eve for minimum wage, but …

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Who Can Escape It? (A Story) + An Announcement!

The beast came one day. Our lives have never been the same. At night it strikes, Body lithe and deadly, Claws sharpened for our throats. It claims our lives and our children’s By hundreds as it wills. Our sins have birthed it. Our lives feed it. Who can escape this judgment? The morning dawns with …

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Cat Leap— A Treat (or Trick!) for some extra-special readers (who might, like me, stay indoors).

Detective Smith stared through the window. How old was she? Fourteen?  The girl fidgeted, wrapping the trauma blanket tighter, all the while staring with tear-stained eyes at the walls of the interrogation room. His partner, Garrety, introduced himself, then took a seat. “Please state your name for the record, miss.” “Millie Drake, sir.” “And what …

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