Gina Attends a Wedding

Gina stared at herself in the mirror. How miserable she looked. She was tempted not to go to her cousin, Natalie's wedding. The last thing she wanted was to see her father. Ever since he found out about her trying to keep Matt and Cam apart, he had made her life miserable by threatening to …

Dominoes, Marital Misgivings & Lunch

Avianna watched as Max and his friend, Karl played dominoes. They were laughing and drinking. It had been a while since they had seen each other so they had a lot of catching up to do. Karl was a retired surgeon and had been Max's mentor and friend for years. Karl had known Max since …

From Slave to Chef

Born a slave in Murray County, Tennessee in 1857, I was a hard-working boy during the Civil War.  At 16, I worked at a Nashville restaurant.  Years later, I became a chef and published my recipes.    36 Words Rufus Estes was a former slave who worked as a chef aboard luxury railway cars operated …

Derrick’s Past & Amelie’s Pregnancy

"I told Gladys that you're pregnant," Derrick told Amelie. They had been so thrilled when they found out in early October that Amelie was expecting their first child. "I bet she was very pleased." "Yes, she was. She's excited about being an aunt." "I wonder if she's going to tell Edward." "It's possible that she …

Christmas Eve in Portland

"What's going through that beautiful head of yours?" Hank asked Ede as she stood there by the fireplace, studying him. It was Christmas Eve and they were in the living-room. His mother was upstairs taking a nap. "I'm still trying to picture you as a little terror." He laughed. "Believe it or not, I was. …

Matt Talks to His Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Tremblay were looking through the photo album. They chuckled when they came across the one of them riding their bikes. Joel had taken it three years ago when he and Kira had visited them. The four of them had gone riding. It was a beautiful day in May. The weather had just …

Not Fit for Father

Photo by Russell Gayer “Adun, you can’t be serious!” Mrs. Orou exclaimed.  “Maman, all it needs is a good washing and cleaning and it’ll look as good as new,” her son replied.  “Father Desjardins can’t ride in that.” Adun grimaced.  “He’s a priest, not God Almighty.” “Don’t you give me any sass, Adun Orou.  Father …

Grand-mama’s Warning

"Oh, you're starting to show now," Angie's mother exclaimed in delight. "I can't wait to be a grandmother." "You're already a grandmother," Angie said dryly. "I know but it's my first from you and Paul." "With your looks, the baby will be beautiful if it's a girl and handsome if it's a boy." "I hope …

After the Storm

Father Kowalski and Sister Francesca were saying the morning prayers. "You look tired, Father," Sister Francesca remarked when they were finished. "Didn't you have a good night's rest?" He smiled. "How could I sleep with all that racket?" "Oh, you mean the rain?" "It was more like a storm. It kept me awake for a …

You Matter

All my life I saw myself the way others did.  I was insignificant.  I didn’t matter.  I was unloved.  I was neglected, ignored, mistreated and devalued.  Why?  I was a girl.  In some cultures, being a girl was an undesirable thing.  People didn’t want daughters.  They wanted sons.  My parents were no different.  When I …

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