Silence

A myriad of dangers lurked on the other side.  Closing her eyes, Ruth tried wishing them away. Another day passed and still, she was unable to open the door.  Her family and friends never understood. The day arrived when she had no choice.  Open the door or die.  Her hands trembled, it took several tries. …

Renew

As I was always told it would, my life danced before my eyes.  Christmas and colorful lights, marriage, children, birthdays, weddings, and grandbabies. We all huddled on the couch together, waiting for the time to arrive.  They promised to transport us at the moment of impact.  A flash of light burst through the window.  The…

Desperation

Drawing from natural springs throughout the world did nothing to halt the deepening of her wrinkles. She wasn’t giving up though. They’ll be sorry for calling me crazy and for leaving me.  I’ll outlive them all! The advertisement read:  The Fountain of Youth Discovered in South Dakota The road reached toward the horizon as the mountains…

Proof

He stood in front of the freshly dug grave, the sixth one in two days.  His friends had been young, like most of the others who committed suicide following the Event. His whole life, from the moment of his birth, had been documented.  Photos snapped and placed online, proof of his existence.  The same was…

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Final

Dr. Cooper entered the lab.  It was early Christmas morning and his wife had not been happy he was leaving the house. “Not today, Charles,” she had whimpered.  “It’s Christmas!” “I promise to only be gone a short while,” he said kissing her soundly. Her smile returned.  “Okay, I’ll hold you to that.” Dr. Cooper…

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Part 5

As soon as the computer screen lit up, Henri asked Dr. Cooper, “I have been processing what you said yesterday and have a question for you.” “Yes, Henri?” “You indicated that the kind of giving that is done on Christmas is imperative to every day and not just at Christmas time.” “Yes, Henri.” “What if…

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Part 4

Sitting down at his desk, Henri asked Dr. Cooper for another story as soon as the monitor lit up. ~~ Danny rolled his eyes at his wife’s insistence they decorate the tree.  He had barely finished filling the dumplings and pinching their sides together into the shape of crescent moons.  That had always been his…

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Part 3

“Good morning, Henri,” Dr. Cooper said. “Good morning, Dr. Cooper.” “Are you ready for another story?” “I am.” ~~ Joseph pounded his fist against the steering wheel. The car cost a fortune, and it breaks down in the middle of nowhere!? He glared at the black screen on his phone. Great!  And my phone is…

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Part 2

Dr. Cooper entered the lab and sat before his monitor. Turning it on, he said, “Good morning, Henri.” “Good morning, Dr. Cooper.  Can we continue our discussion on the purpose or spirit of Christmas?” “That sounds good.  I’ll tell you another story.” ~~ Maya woke up cold and shivering in the back seat of the car. …

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Part 1

“Dr. Cooper, I still don’t understand the purpose or rather the spirit of Christmas?” “How so, Henri?” the scientist asked. “I understand what is written, how it is celebrated and when it began.  How it became alternately the celebration of the birth of Christ and Santa Claus.  But I don’t understand why this event is…

Work Boots

His work boots sat on the porch outside, where he took them off each night.  He learned early in their marriage, the dirt from his boots were not appreciated in her house.  He worked hard, supporting their five children, sending them all to college.  It wasn’t easy, but neither was he.  She didn’t mind.  She…

Everything

I received the expected yet dreaded call.  Traveling the world for most of my adult life, I was called back to where I began.  Going through the garage was a significant challenge.  He had been a hoarder, kept everything just in case.  Sifting through the mountains of debris, I found a globe he and I made for…