Shepherd’s Pie, Winter Olympics & The Next Door Neighbor

Thorsten Middleton thankfully let himself through the front door of which was once his family home and after removing his boots, he headed straight to the kitchen where he knew he would find his mother. She was just taking a tray of biscuits from the oven. After setting the tray down on the counter, she …

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 …

A Fixed Car & a Friendly Chat

He finished paying the bill for the work done on his car and after thanking Adaeze, he left the shop. She was standing outside as if waiting for someone. She looked up and their eyes met. He hesitated and then, he walked up to her. "Hello," he said. "Hello." "Are you related to Adaeze?" he …

A New Lease on Life

Some years ago, I was down in the dumps because I found out that my girlfriend, Rachel was cheating on me. I was hurt and livid. After I tore into her, I left her flat and drove for how long, I don't remember. I was tempted to go to a bar and get plastered but …

Christmas & Wedding Plans

"Are you still upset from your run in with Brody?" Joe asked Kalisha. "No, I'm not upset anymore. I just wish he and other people would mind their own business and leave us alone." "I guess they just can't accept our relationship." "Because of our age difference?" "Yes." "Why can't they just accept that we …

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 …

Mr. Pendlebury’s Suspicion

"Antonia, I suggested to Martina and Laird that I wanted to have dinner with her parents the night before the wedding and they both said it was a good idea." "Won't Laird--and Martina be there?" "No. Just the two of us and her parents." "Are you going to have the dinner here?" "No, at a …

A Bone of Contention

"So, what are you waiting for?" Cheryl asked Joe. He stared at her blankly. "What do you mean?" "I mean you're not getting any younger. You're going to be 56 years old in January and you're still not married. What are you waiting for?" He sighed. "Why is everyone so interested in my personal life?" …

His Brother’s Widow

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God - 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 He watched her, his …

Alone with Nature

Photo by Krista Strutz “Loretta, where’s Jim?” “Up at the cabin.” “How come you didn’t go with him?” “I didn’t feel like going.” “You mean he didn’t ask you to go.” “I never liked going up there, anyway.  It’s too remote.  I never felt safe.  And there’s not much to do except go for walks …

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