We began, as most do, with basics: studying the driver’s manual, learning road signs and rules. In December, Alpha and Beta turned 16-years-old and in January, we started teaching them how to drive. First things: getting the driver’s seat position right (checking pedal reach), what the foot pedals are for, adjusting and using the rearview […]
God requires faith but the Devil persuades. For Good or Evil… the power’s in the words and the Devil needs a writer. This is a story of self-discovery, salvation and redemption.
“I’m bound for the broken promise land
To meet my demons and get back my upper hand
Long man can’t catch a soul like mine
Miracles are just too damn hard to find…”
–Elle King, Ain’t Gonna Drown
Underneath them—below the asphalt and concrete—the supports anchored to the land hugged the curve of the foothills. Their columns were hidden by the deepening shadows of a setting sun, now too low on the horizon to cast its fading light to reach them. The bridge arced then straightened as it spanned the darkness below. There was water there, and she recalled its embrace as she studied the length of iron and stone that disappeared into a fog-shrouded distance.
She looked at him, maybe he would understand. “I thought it was a new beginning…. a rebirth.” She took his hand briefly then let go to gently cup his chin in her hand. In his eyes shone all that had happened since he had pulled her from those cold, murky, waters. “But it wasn’t.” Time, past and present, flowed around her as she reached to caress his smooth face. She trembled and then steadied.
It was only…
$0.99… less than a fancy coffee and if you’re a reader that enjoys suspense… a quick read–3,371 word short story–that’s far more satisfying.
Some reader comments:
- “OOOHH HELL YEAH!!!! Loved it. Awesome!!! Exciting, with unexpected twists and turns. —SPOILER PART OF COMMENT REMOVED — Thanks for this very satisfying story, Dennis, I really enjoyed it!” –Nina Anthonijsz
- “Oh man! You really got me with this one. Could not stop reading and had no clue about the twists and turns of the story.” –Susan Lewis
- “That’s good. But now I have to know about the white dress! I’m on the edge of my seat. Nice writing. Keep it up. I’m hooked.” –Brenda Church
- “Nicely done! I really liked how ‘The Crossing’ turned out Dennis. That was good story. Glad you were able to make something out of just a photograph… a credit to your talent.” –Dan S
- “I just finished reading it. Love the twist… hehe… in the story. You always have the best surprises!” –Debra Dayton
You always remember something like that. Loved ones that were lost. Then found, but never the same. Recently, I had realized he was gone but hadn’t known what had happened to Rocky, my stuffed squirrel toy. Until I did. And if that fat, sun-basking lizard I had surprised, hadn’t led me around and under the […]
There’s a scene in Huckleberry Finn that brings to a head what Huck has learned about himself, about what’s wrong with the way—ordinary and customary at the time—he’s grown up… and his friendship with Jim. A friendship that at the time was (and still has echoes, to a degree, today) deemed all wrong. Huck faces […]
Content on this site is often in DRAFT form and a Work In Progress
It’s important to understand that what I share on this site is often in draft form–a work in progress– and not necessarily the final/publication version. Keep that in mind if you find typos or errors.
When I see an artisan or artist who creates something one of kind, I think of the wonderful moment that can be created by buying and giving it to someone you love. Here’s such a moment that came to mind when I saw these earrings, some of Nina Anthonijsz‘s work. The Earrings… Just before dawn he had left […]
It was always something, and Stan was guilty of many things… but not this one. They said they only had a few questions. That was an hour ago and still here I sit. I didn’t do it. But I can’t tell them that when it happened, I was with Nanette the poodle from next door. They […]