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Before Me

First draft chapter from a novel-in-progress. Setting: Suburban southern Illinois, summer, 1991. Narrator: Sixteen-year-old boy. Before me, my mother and dad were really new at this. Today they make it seem relatively easy. I wasn’t around so I always forget … Continue reading

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The Hunting Of Eliza Corr: III

Read Part 1 & Part 2. The item in his backpack, that palm-sized but heavy parcel of chrome, lay snug in a lower pocket and nuzzled rhythmically as his lower muscles contracted and stretched. The sun fired orange in his … Continue reading

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The Hunting Of Eliza Corr: II

Read Part 1. This year the pre-Homecoming party was out at Joel Fenniker’s parents’ farm, west beyond the highway, across the harvested acres. There was always a Bonfire on the Friday before Homecoming — Bonfire on Friday, game on Saturday, … Continue reading

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The Hunting Of Eliza Corr: I

Part 1 of 3 She shot Jimmy Paladin in the parking lot of Edenton High School during fifth period, when both she and her victim were supposed to be in chemistry. Jimmy was sitting in the passenger seat of Wesley … Continue reading

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Being A Just Man

The workman lay on his side in the shelter with the donkey, in the cool night air outside his house. He suspected the donkey of harboring lice, and the straw bedding beneath him felt alive with the pests, real or … Continue reading

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