Almost Time

"It's almost time," Laird said to Martina. It was ten-thirty and they were sitting around the table in the kitchen after having cups of Rooibos tea. "Are you nervous? I know I am." She was in her 40th week of pregnancy. The estimated day of delivery was Friday but it could happen earlier or later. …

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 …

Mrs. Lopez Visits Angie

Angie was lying on the sofa when the doorbell rang. She quickly got up, ran into the room and stuffed the pillow under her blouse. Then, she walked slowly to the door. She peered through the keyhole. It was her mother. "Hello, Mama," she greeted her when she opened the door. Mrs. Lopez stepped into …

Celibacy & Abortion

Father Kiesler was in his office with Bishop Haas. The bishop had just completed his pastoral visit. He seemed quite pleased. "Father Kiesler, you're doing a fine job with the school and the parish," he told him. "As fine a job as the late Father Schmidt." "Thank you, Your Excellency." "Is there something on your …

No Education Leads to Risk of Child Marriage

Photo by Monstera on Pexels.com On March 23, 2022, the first school year here in Afghanistan, I was excited about returning and eagerly looked forward to seeing my classmates and teachers again. I along with other students showed up bright and early only to find the doors closed and armed Taliban guards. My heart sank. …

Paul Runs Into Amy

Paul walked out of Perry's Emporium where he had just bought a Sylvie semi-mount engagement ring for Nita. He paused outside to look at it again. The salesperson had assured him, "I'm sure that your lady love will extremely delighted to receive such an exquisite ring. All the rings in the Sylvie Collection were designed …

Aunt Margery On the Mend

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields "Aunt Margery, Martina and I are so relieved that you're all right. You've had a very nasty fall." "It's by the grace of God that I'm still alive." "How are you feeling now?" "A little sore." "Can you manage on your own?" "Yes." "Promise me, you'll call me if you …

Paul Tells Nita About Mrs. Lopez

It was early Saturday evening. The sun was streaming into the living-room. They had just returned from having dinner at their favorite Thai restaurant. She was standing by the window while Paul stood in front of the leather sofa, watching her. The sunlight was in his face and she could tell from his expression that …

Mrs. Lopez Learns the Truth

Mariana Lopez was on her way home after having dinner with her friend, Rena when she spotted her son-in-law, Paul. He didn't see her. He looked good. Married life must finally be agreeing with him. They hadn't seen him for ages. The family had been very disappointed when they didn't spend Christmas with them. Angie …

Making Decisions & Future Plans

The test had come back negative. She wasn't pregnant. She had hoped she was because of her late period and the metallic taste in mouth which turned out to as a result of the over-the-counter multi-vitamins she was taking. Bitter disappointment had filled her when she saw the one horizontal line on the display of …

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