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TURNING POINT

Turning Point

 Visually perusing the waiting room, Vinny saw his homie who appeared to be in a world of his own. Steve counted the specks on the terrazzo foundation. White bloodless…

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Added by Barbara Case Speers on September 26, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Warning - chapter 14

Warning

 

Standing at the door, the young man offered his two cents. “What in the hell are you doing in a hospital bed on a night like this? What, you pissed off your girlfriend’s husband? Did he come home too early?”

“Aye, Alvarez that’s top secret stuff. I don’t need you telling the whole world about my private life.”

Looking down the hallway and glancing back, “I hope you left your…

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Added by Barbara Case Speers on September 21, 2014 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Second Chance - chapter 13

While driving the unmarked-company vehicle Steve dialed his fiancé’s number but she wasn’t picking-up. Listening to her voicemail’s tagline for the umpteenth time, the irked man waited for the beep and finally left a message.

“Barb, I’m pulling into your driveway. Our flight didn’t take off. I hope that your auto-answer is on because I don’t want to barge in and frighten you. I figured I’d give you a heads-up; I’m staying…

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I Won't Be Home For Christmas (chapter 12)

I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

 

Vinny mulled things over while sitting in a parked car in an underserved community. The Neighborhood Crime Stoppers resigned years ago, allowing corruption to infiltrate every nook and cranny like melted butter on a hot English muffin. The detective’s officiousness sent him on a wild-goose chase an hour drive from home. This dick didn’t ruminate his personal welfare. The stallion is a risk-taker and ventured into the war zone. His…

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Dialogue With the Most High - chapter 11 of THE GIFT

DIALOGUE WITH THE MOST HIGH

 

In the midst of the immeasurable expanse called the City of Light, seated upon a pure-gold throne, his hair white as snow, eyes glowing torches and the Deity’s electrified voice echoes into space cracking a whip giving salutation to the opening of the day. The Eternal Father, who makes all things new, powerfully vocalizes his intensity, releasing justified energy. Only the Holy Spirit heard God speak. Judgment was…

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CROSSING THE BRIDGE - chapter 10 of THE GIFT

Crossing the Bridge

 

The day we moved out of our Lukens Avenue home, I dug a shallow grave by the gazebo, and buried my paper-dolls, forever. Taking the small toys and bird nest that I found in the playroom when we moved in, I carefully placed the items in a brown-paper bag. Leaving the poke by the backyard swing, I threw a kiss in the air…

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Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 14, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

DEEP SLEEP - chapter 9 of THE GIFT

Deep Sleep

 

I dialed Steve and left a voicemail. Disappointed, I dropped the phone on the bed and fell into a deep sleep. The camera rolled. I not only acted out the script but I narrated the talking points of the cinemascope footage.

My sister and I were standing in a pizza parlor in Brentwood, New York. The contours of Janie’s face changed. My older sibling’s lips…

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THIRD CALL - chapter 8 of THE GIFT

Third Call

 

Feeling a bit buzzed, drinking the last drop, I indubitably guzzled the entire three-dollar bottle of red wine. This was a monumental undertaking because I’m not a drinker. Socially, I do imbibe at quarterly business functions but everyday survival; booze has never been a consideration or consolation. My life supports are…

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SECOND CALL - chapter 7 of THE GIFT

Second Call

 

I no sooner put the receiver back in the cradle and the phone rang. Flopping across the bed like Charlie the Tuna, I should move the phone to my nightstand but that’s too sensible; I lovingly spoke to the caller, knowing their true identity.

“Hi Mom, how are you?” I really didn’t want a two-hour phone conversation considering it is almost nine, but…

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FIRST CALL - chapter 6 of THE GIFT

First Call

 

After slipping and sliding, I finally made it home but the hellacious conversation was still playing reruns of should-haves, could-haves, and would-haves. I jumped into the shower. If this was an R-rated movie, I would be dunking myself into a sensuous bubble bath, surrounded by a zillion candles, soft music, an expensive bottle of wine,…

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ANGELICA'S INTERCESSION - chapter 5 of THE GIFT

Angelica’s Intercession

 

Exiting the store, I noticed a young woman standing outside ringing a bell anticipating contributions to be given to a local charity. The volunteer from the Salvation Army wasn’t there when I entered the supermarket. I bet she took a dinner break. Fumbling with my purse, I managed to yank out a few dollars. I never…

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COINCIDENCE - chapter 4 of THE GIFT

Coincidence

 

The wintry-mix thermostat dropped to below freezing according to the insurance agency’s neon sign when I stopped at the grocery store to pick-up a few things on the way home from Father Joe’s class. This was not my usual place to scan my debit card but it was better than driving five-miles out of the way on icy-slick roads to oblige…

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Dust and Ashes - chapter 3 of THE GIFT

Dust and Ashes

 

With Christmas a couple of weeks away, I should be buying and wrapping presents. At the office, all the Secret Santa gifts have been purchased and placed under the tree, save mine. My coworkers have labeled me, Scrooge and I hear bah-humbug when I pass their desks. Instead of shopping on my…

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Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 11, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

What's Up Doc - chapter 2 of THE GIFT

What’s Up, Doc

 

Hearing my name, filtered through the dark shadows of my subconscious, I followed the familiar female voice.

“Barbara.”

My focus went to the designated portal. Nancy stood in the doorway, a Centurion Guard on duty protecting the castle from intrusive invaders. With chart in hand and wearing whimsical Minnie Mouse scrubs,…

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THE GIFT - DRAMA ON chapter 1

Drama-on

 

Entitled to enforcing squatter’s rights at the doctor’s office, my mind went off on a tangent catapulting to Spin City. Even the Christmas tree as enchanting as it was with festive blinking lights, didn’t put me in mistletoe mania. My predisposition is identical to the Grinch who stole Christmas. This has been a terrible year and the drama plays…

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