It Was Over

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll Why did Paul want to meet here?  The dilapidated house and its surroundings gave her the creeps.  What more did they have to say to each other?  She had told him in no uncertain terms that their relationship was over.  It ended when she discovered he was married. Last …

Gideon’s Afternoon with Chelsey

It was around 12pm on a Saturday and Gideon was on his way to Oxford to pick up Chelsey. They were going to Hollywood Bowl to bowl and to have something to eat afterwards. He was really looking forward to that and was relieved that Ruth didn't seem to mind. "I don't mind being alone," …

A Week Later…

"I finished typing the manuscript," Alexandra told Gerhardt. She had stopped by to drop it off. Gerhardt studied her closely. It was the first time since they made love that they were seeing each other. The Monday after that night, he had to go away on business for a week. "Do you have any regrets, …

Father Moreilli Considers Leaving the Priesthood

Photo by cottonbro pexels.com It was December 26, Boxing Day in Canada and there in Italy, it was St. Stephen's Day, a national holiday. Father Morelli wondered what Genet was doing. How was she going to spend the day? After they had made love last night, they fell asleep in each other's arms. At four …

The Morellis’ Christmas Dinner

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels It was time to head over to his uncle's and aunt's house so Father Morelli left the loft where he had spent most of the afternoon. As he walked to his car, the more he thought about seeing Genet, the more anxious he became. He wished things could have been …

Gina in Therapy

Gina was on her way to see her therapist. Several weeks ago, when she visited Kira, she informed her, "I've decided that I want to go for counseling. I need to talk to someone professional about the issues with my father and my divorce. Do you know of anyone you can refer me to?" "Do …

The New Secret Room

Father Kiesler had decided that he was going to spend Christmas with his parents and that he was going to take Monifa with him. He called his mother at lunch time that morning to tell her. She sounded happy and told him that she and the rest of the family couldn't wait to see him. …

Lunch, Christmas Dinner & Roberto

It was exactly noon when Genet arrived at the restaurant. Fabrizio was already there at the table. He was on his tablet but set it aside immediately when he saw her. "Hello." "Hello." His gaze traveled over her. Smiling, he remarked, "You look great. She forced a smile. "Thank you." "I thought you might like …

Father Morelli’s Guilt & Decision

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Father Morelli was in the sanctuary, earnestly praying and beseeching God to forgive him. "In Your Word, it says that no temptation has overtaken a person that is not common to everyone. You are faithful, and You will not let anyone be tempted beyond his or her strength, but with …

Mr. Pendlebury’s Announcement

"What's the matter, Dad?" Antonia asked Mr. Pendlebury. "Nothing's the matter," was his evasive reply. Truth be told, he was concerned about how she would take the news about his engagement to her Aunt Margery. He had been putting it off for a while but he had to tell her sooner or later. And, he …

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