Missouri Sky

  Under a darkening Missouri sky, Ruth grabbed the steering wheel in a tense hug and slammed the ancient VW into gear. “We’d better find a motel.” “We’ve come all this way. Uncle Hiram must be here.” In tears, Bon consulted the map and pointed the way. The old woman behind the counter was concerned.…

The Wherry

The Ulster team extracted the wherry from its watery grave. “It’s a sister to the one found in Norway last year!” Davidson ran to the truck to retrieve his photo file. Supported by inflated padding and tied to the lowboy, the last of the saltwater drained from ancient wood. Davidson turned the key. The truck…

Face Time with a Gemini

There was a post that inspired this story.  It was called: “I have tried to talk to her so many times that I’m sick of hearing my voice.”  You may find it with this link.   “You’re looking fine today, June.” “Thanks, May. You look pretty good yourself. I like the way you did your hair.…

A Night at the Ranch

After a good dinner, Clyde reclined in his oversize easy chair and waited for the six o’clock news to begin. His work day began at four that morning, and he arrived at home in time to wash up and sit down to supper. No wonder his eyes closed and he fell asleep. Preoccupied with their…

Nurse Mary and Mr. Robinson

While walking my standard poodle Friday morning, I tripped on a piece of raised sidewalk and crashed to the ground. With a bored look, Mitzi (Okay, okay! French dog. French name.) stood by while I struggled to my feet. I picked up my glasses and saw the right lens half covered with blood. My blood.…

The Slippery Slope

The community college instructor was closing the classroom door. I slithered past him and slipped the strap of my book bag off my shoulder before sliding into the nearest empty desk. I stifled desperate gasps for air as I stuffed the oversize denim bag between the backs of my nylon covered legs and the cold…

A Day at Sea

“Wake up, Kate,” he said. “Come on. Wake up! It’s foggy and the radar went out. Shipwrecked on the beach is the last thing I need right now.” Kate felt herself being shaken. In her nightmare, she fought her way through sea water to a locked engine room hatch. She flailed away, windmill style, and…