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?" …

Gina Visits Matt Again

"What are you doing here, Gina?" Matt asked her. "Cam's with my parents today." "I know. I came to see you." "Come in." She went inside. He preceded her to the living-room. While he remained standing, she sat on the divan. "Did you hear about Tanner and Melania?" "Yes, I heard that they're engaged but …

Another Evening With Paul

"Are you sorry about what happened between us last night?" Paul asked Nita. They were in his office. It was five-thirty. The rest of the staff had left for the day. "No. Are you?" "No. Have dinner with me again tonight." "All right." "This time at my place. We'll order in." "Sounds good to me. …

Justice for Dalit Women & Girls

"Dalit women's bodies are being used to assert caste supremacy and keep women 'in their place'," Jacqui Hunt, Eurasia Director of women's rights group, Equality Now. According to Equality Now, there is such a thing as intersectional discrimination which makes it more difficult for girls across India and around the world to access justice for …

No Longer Amish

I screamed but no one heard me. They couldn't. My screams were silent--inside. I screamed because my husband dragged me across the floor over to the bed where he raped me. He had raped me before. The first time he did, I got pregnant but miscarried. When I told my parents about the first rape, …

Monifa’s Ordeal is Over

Monifa sat there, her mind still reeling from her horrific ordeal. They had kept her overnight at the hospital for observation but that morning the Doctor had discharged her, saying that she was fine. She was waiting now in the parking lot of the parish for Mrs. Wisenthal. Even though she was no longer in …

Shandra’s Bha Bha Experience

"That's some dress," Stuart remarked. "Do you like it?" "Of course!" She smiled as she walked around to the passenger side where he stood holding the door open. It pleased her that he liked the dress. It was fairly new and this was the first time she was wearing it. He looked sharp in the …

Monifa’s Whereabouts

It was one of those misty mornings in the summer. It reminded him of the times Monifa and he went for walks. He remembered that it was on the morning of Holy Thursday when he had told her about the hot cross buns his mother used to make every year for Good Friday because it …

Father Kiesler’s Decision

After agonizing over what to do, he decided that it would be best to send Monifa away for her safety and once she was gone, he knew what he needed to do. In his hand, he had the letter in which he had written about everything, including his relationship with her, although he didn't mention …

An Unexpected Turn

Hours after Sister Riegel had stopped by his office to see him, Father Kiesler walked in. "I apologize for being late," he said to Gracelyn. "Something came up." Truth be told, he had been in the "secret" room with Monifa. When she hadn't shown up to the rectory last night and he became very worried, …

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