Back in Chicago

Several weeks had gone by since their return to Chicago from Hanoi. It was casual Friday and she was on her way to do some shopping when Ryker walked over to her cubicle. Her gaze traveled slowly and deliberately over him. He looked amazing in the black turtle-neck sweater and the navy blue suit. "Melissa …

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The Last Day in Hanoi

She sat in her room. Today was their last day in Hanoi. In a few hours they were going to be on a plane heading back to Chicago. She didn't want to leave. She was afraid that things would go back to how they were between Ryker and her--friends and colleagues--well, director and assistant. There …

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At the Conference

It was a nice, sunny Monday morning in Detroit and Thorpe was at the International Banquet & Conference Center where the 3-day conference was taking place. There were lots of familiar faces but he was surprised to see one of them. He had been talking to a couple of people when he spotted her. She …

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The Ex

"I've been away on business before and you've never acted like this. What's so different about this time?" "I'm acting like this because you're going to Detroit." "That's where the convention is taking place." "How convenient!" "What do you mean by that?" "Detroit is where your ex-wife is." "Yes, so?" "Are you going to see …

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Zihan and Gaia

"We can't do this," he protested weakly. "What are we doing?" she asked. "We're just hanging out." He closed his eyes. He wanted to do more than hang out with her but... "It was a mistake for you to come here, Gaia." "Why was it a mistake?" Zihan dragged his fingers through his hair in …

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Chatan

The pleasure was so intense that I cried out and that's when I woke up. I sat up in bed, my heart racing and my breath coming in short gasps. The room was dark except for the moonlight streaming through the windows. I looked over to where Linus was. He was fast asleep, thankfully. We …

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Go or Stay

I knew I was in over my head. What had started as a one night stand had escalated into a torrid love affair. She wasn't good for me but I couldn't seem to break free. I tried so many times to end it but I always ended up going back. If I had followed my …

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Stolen Water

Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant - Proverbs 9:17 We met at a bar one rainy Saturday evening.  It wasn't the sort of night or place you would expect to meet someone like her.  I was in Chicago on business.  After having dinner at the hotel, I decided to go for a walk in spite …

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Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was one of 13 children to Susan and George Coleman, sharecroppers.  The family lived in a one-room cabin in Atlanta, Texas.  When she was two years old, Bessie’s father left the family in search of better opportunities in Oklahoma.  Bessie’s mother did her best to support the family until the children were old enough …

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Eleanor Gehrig

Just recently I watched the movie, Pride of the Yankees and was touched by the wonderful love story of baseball great Lou Gehrig and his wife Eleanor. Lou and his wife were married for nine years.  They met in Chicago.  Eleanor was from a well to do family,  She met Lou in Comiskey Park and …

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