Antonia’s Back Home

Antonia was out of the hospital and back at the mansion with Mr. Pendlebury. She seemed to be fine and he was relieved about that but he still feared that she might have a relapse. He still hadn't told Laird or Martina that Antonia had a mental breakdown and had been admitted to a hospital …

The Gentleman Rogue

My name’s Rune.  It’s a Scandinavian name which means “secret”.  Women find it intriguing because they associate it with folklore and mystery.  They are drawn to me like flies to honey.  I take advantage of their infatuations and frivolous attentions.  They are foolish, lonely and gullible women who lap up my declarations of love.  Some …

It Was No Use

Try as she did, Leticia couldn't stop thinking about Patrizio and what he had asked her the last time they saw each other. He had asked, "...is there still hope for us?” It struck her that she hadn't said "no." Instead, her answer had been, “I don’t know.” Why hadn't she just said no, there …

Sade Tells Dae What Happened

"What's the matter?" Dae asked me. It was six fifteen in the evening and I was at his flat. After school, I had gone to the library where I spent at least two hours, doing my homework and studying until it was time for me to come and see him. I was still smarting from …

Mr. Pendlebury’s Tough Decision

Mr. Pendlebury left the hospital after spending a while with Antonia. She seemed to be improving although her face was thinner and pale. They wanted to keep her in for a little while longer for observation. He avoided any talk about Laird and Martina. He would never forget how scared he was when she had …

Raoul Drops By

Valentina was sitting on her sofa, the television was on but she wasn't paying any attention. She was thinking about Raoul and his fiancée, Galena. How she wished she hadn't seen them together at the restaurant last night. The doorbell rang. She got up, wondering who it could be. Her heart skipped a beat when …

Mr. Pendlebury Levels With Antonia

"Antonia, we need to talk," Mr. Pendlebury's quiet but urgent voice startled her and she looked at him as he stood there in the doorway. "Yes, Father?" "May I come in?" "Yes, of course. Have a seat." "No, thanks. I'll remain standing." "Did you go out?" "Yes. I went to the cemetery." "Oh. I haven't …

At the Restaurant

"Earth to Valentina," Sondra said, throwing a tee shirt at her, startling her. "I've been talking to you but you haven't heard a word I've said." "Oh. I'm sorry." "What were you thinking about?" "Something that happened a long time ago." She was remembering last year Christmas when she saw Raoul. "So, where are the …

Hank Questions Ede

It was Saturday and they were having lunch at Ede's grandmother's house. Ede could tell that something was troubling Pastor Hank. He wasn't his usual jovial self. He was pleasant when interacting with her grandmother but a few times, she caught him watching her with an guarded expression on his face. She couldn't wait to …

Patrizio Goes to Leticia

"What are you doing here, Patrizio?" "I needed to see you." "Why?" "I didn't like how things were left between us the last time we saw each other." "They were left the way they were because you wanted to think about breaking off your engagement even though you and I both know that it's the …

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