Ridge

He liked to come to this spot and swim. It was secluded and just a half hour drive from his condo. It was a hot but cloudy day. The sun stayed behind the clouds most of the time. He had come here after leaving the gym. It was the last Saturday in January. He thought …

What Might Have Been…

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com It was late Sunday afternoon. Father Morelli was in the sanctuary reading a prayer book. He had done two masses for the day and now he could spend the remainder of the day with family or friends or on his own. He could do with the R&R. It had been …

Aunt Savitri Calling it As She Sees It

"Would you like a cup of tea, Trishan?" Aunt Savitri asked me. "No, thanks." As usual, I was sitting at the table. The bowl of Indian rice pudding sat untouched in front of me. I stared out of the windows in front of me but I wasn't seeing what was there. My mind was elsewhere. …

Neval Anthony Dormer

He was of mixed ethnicity. His father, Franklin Dormer was a wealthy Englishman and his mother, Sumitra was an Indian moor. They met when Sumitra and her widowed mother left their home in Mumbai to work on a tea plantation. The tea plantation was owned by Dormer. He lived there with his wife, Alexandra. They …

Losing a Child & Finding Love

Michaela was a student of Tamal Laghari's. She was a very bright girl who had many friends. When she died from an acute asthma attack, he was devastated. He went to the funeral where he met her mother. She was an attractive woman and a widow in her late thirties. Her husband died when Michaela …

Flowers From Larry

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields "I would like those flowers, please." "Sure. What's the occasion?" "My brother's funeral." "Very sorry to hear that. What happened?" "He was found shot outside of his house." "Oh, no. How horrible for his family. Does the police have any suspects?" "There aren't any suspects. It was suicide." "Suicide?" …

Not A Chance Meeting

Weeks had passed since he went to that quiet, peaceful place where he met her. Why hadn't he gone there? Why had he stayed away even though he wanted to be there? Why was he avoiding her? What was he afraid of? Of feeling again? Of living again? Of moving on? Why should he be …

Sports, University & Christmas

"That was a fantastic game," Ede said. "I mean look at the way those guys were all over the field and how they...." Her eyes were dancing as she talked. Hank wondered if she had any idea of how beautiful she looked at that moment. They were back at the community center. He had another …

Antonia Visits the Art Gallery

It was Friday, the day before Laird's wedding. Antonia was feeling really cut up about it but what could she do about it? As much as she wanted to, she couldn't prevent it from happening. Tomorrow, she was going to sit in the church and pretend to be happy like everyone else when she was …

Why I Left China

It has been five years since my father died.  My mother had passed away ten years ago. My father who was a kind and hardworking man, raised my younger sister, Ju and me. Life was hard for us, especially since we were Christians. My father was the reason why I left China for good.  It …

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