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The Path That Eli Wellingsworth Took by Michael Harris Sequel to my short story, "The House That Bernard Wellingsworth Built." E... [9,402 words]
The Arrivals by Michael Harris **********WARNING*********** Do not read further without first reading my short story, The Rivals,... [10,381 words]
One More Minute by Keri Lebeau - [1,143 words]
Woody Pigeon by Garry Michael Ames woody pigeon gets lost. he falls off the signpost that turns out to be his home direction. [142 words]
With The Rain Comes The Damp by Amit Shankar Saha This story was composed after reading Arundhati Roy's Booker winning novel "The Go... [1,524 words]
Window Of Opportunity--A New Beginning by J D Hoff Hoff A story of friendship [1,982 words]
What Is Money by Matt Lenox A man whos surrounded by money doesnt know what it is really [932 words]
Watershed by Outlaw's Serenade 'he's a star I am not' And so begin the journey as she walks the valleys and peaks of her dreams. [993 words]
Tortured To Death by Corey Moon my newest addtion to my short stories, i have yet to come up with an ending so if you have an... [750 words]
The Visit by J D Hoff Hoff - [1,497 words]
The Starlight by Salman - [97 words]
The Sleeper Must Awaken.Part 1 by Dr Mu In early 2002 shortly after the tragedy of 911, the author of this site was guid... [1,617 words]
The Price Of Freedom (2) by Richard Koss A short story. [396 words]
The Old Hotel by Sman Scary Old Hotel. [1,886 words]
The Lonely Donkey by Garry Michael Ames baby donkey born colour of pink. none of other donkeys like him. lion chases other donkeys. r... [176 words]
The Little Tin Hut by Garry Michael Ames wicked witch of the forest trys to do folly to family living in a little tin hut . [408 words]
The Job by Kain An old wrestlers last match [6,918 words]
The Invasion by Wendland An intriguing story about a young boy and the deception carried out by his former best friend. [263 words]
The Building by Jessi a horror story. [390 words]
The Breakfast Nook by Randall Barfield . [246 words]
The Beginning by Daniel Atkinson My short story is about my first day of high school and the troubles i felt going through it. [283 words]
Spooky Stories by Wendland - [83 words]
Short Story (Incomplete by Josh Campbell Here is part 1 of a short story Im doing I just want feedback to see if this is good so... [920 words]
She's A Legend by Ma Sabrina Racelle M Dungcatinkerbell Shes a Legend. By: Sabrina Dungca When Tinkerbell met Fairy Guy, she was still in love with Pe... [706 words]
Poor Little Kitty Came Home by Garry Michael Ames kitty the kitten gets lost in the rain. young lucy finds her and takes her home [341 words]
Police Report by Vince O'neal a demented police officer is letting his job get to him [242 words]
Past Chasing by Dawei help.. [1,045 words]
Nyc In July by Brett Pierpont Relationships, NYC, infidelity [207 words]
Missy by Jack Linton Why would the light of his life suddenly leave? [1,703 words]
Lanky Joe by Garry Michael Ames lanky joe too tall to win at sports at school. finds he's good at basketball. hero of the school. [164 words]
Kaveri - The Girl Child. by Suryaprabha Easwar Kaveri is a six year old orphaned girl child in the south eastern coast of the Indian ... [1,701 words]
Jungle Tales-Mono The Rabbit by Seema M Salman I really enjoyed relating this story to my son.So I decided i would write it down... [230 words]
In A Guilded Cage by Devin Backman This is a story about a girl who learns that certain aspects of glamor come with a terrible p... [1,789 words]
Identity Crisis by Jeffrey Lee Williams Not just your average mistaken identity [2,344 words]
Gloomy Bathroom by Sman Gloom in the bathroom. [403 words]
Diary Of A Loon by Jessi -this is kinda about me, kinda not it kinda descirbes some of my randomness.. but not exactly. ... [574 words]
Dark Kelpie Nights by Jessi A story, sort of, about the kelpies i read about in a book. Describing their dark, yet beaut... [237 words]
Confessing Feeling... by M Rafique Danish A short story. [899 words]
Cloey The Clown by Garry Michael Ames nobody laughs at cloey the clown. something goes wrong with his act and everybody laughs [171 words]
Chirpy Bird by Garry Michael Ames chirpy bird wakes up animals and creatures in the woods. chirpy bird dies. six baby chirpy birds ta... [145 words]
Carl's Conscience by Sky X Stewart Sci-Fi - This is the first story in a series of short stories. Maybe good for a graphic novel... [2,254 words]
Butterflies Revenge by Jessi This is the beggining-intro of my story. [167 words]
Ali And The Airplane by Seema M Salman A motivational story [182 words]
Adventures In Dating by Samantha Jane A single gal's true story of an adventure in dating. [5,204 words]
About A Dog by Salman I love animals so I like telling stories about them [345 words]
A Night's Lullaby by Michael J Musto A man is walking through a city and is being trailed by a figure of a man in the distance. St... [802 words]
A New Day by Alex Maurya The story is about exactly the opposite of what it's title suggests. [347 words]
A Literary Collage: Five Tributaries by Jerry Vilhotti A newish art form [1,938 words]
A Day In Town by Ed Dudleston - [206 words]

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A slice-of-life style account of a young girl who expresses compassion in a unique way.
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[December 2007]
Past Chasing (Short Stories) help.. [1,045 words]
Through A Pipe Made Of Lead (Poetry) - [143 words] [Drama]

It was Sunday around noon, and the bookstore had just opened up to try to catch the after church crowd. There were bagels and a fresh pot of coffee near the door and the aroma filled the store. Carolina, the store’s only cashier, did not like coffee and never drank it but it always smelled good when she worked Sundays and this time she had taken a cup before starting her shift. She watched it as it sat on the counter next to her register. She had filled to the brim with cream and sugar, but it was still too hot to drink so she stirred it idly and waited for the first customers to arrive.

She punched some numbers into the register and the noise it made hurt her head. She had woken up only 1 hour before, and had gone to bed just two hours before that, and she could still feel the affects of the alcohol. Closing her eyes, she remembered the coffee, but she lifted it to her lips too fast and burned her tongue by mistake. Biting her lip in frustration, she put it back on the counter, then picked it up again and began to blow on it for a few seconds. She was about to take another sip when someone opened the door.

It was a boy about her age and a girl who was slightly older, but who stood much shorter than the boy. They were laughing when they entered and were walking very close to each other, and Carolina watched as they walked past the coffee and towards the pile of cheap books near the register. Neither of them acknowledged her until the girl said something.

“Where are the travel books?” the boy asked Carolina, and she told him, forcing a polite smile.

They were loud through the store but they were far away and Carolina could still hear the soft music coming from the speakers. It was classic jazz, the kind she enjoyed much more than the modern ‘smooth’ jazz, and when she closed her eyes and held her coffee she was almost able to enjoy herself. She pretended she was at an art museum, or at a play, or at a huge orchestra hall. She sipped her coffee and imagined being in an art class in France, and then she frowned. She knew she would be entering college soon and she told herself she was being dramatic and it was just because she was bored, but sometimes she could not help worrying that something would happen and she would not be able to start school in the fall as she had planned. She felt guilty about last night and for drinking so much and wondered what her parents would have thought if they knew. She imagined them kicking her out of her house and sending her to live on the streets, and was wondering if any of her friends would take her in, when she heard the girl say something quick and loud from what she judged to be the back of the store.

“Come on” she heard the boy say in response. He had raised his voice as though he was upset and for a moment Carolina wondered if she did not recognize him from somewhere. “I’m sorry” he added, almost desperately. Carolina could hear him agreeing several times but did not hear the girl again.

A few minutes later they approached, each with a similar book in hand. The girl was talking softly and quickly and neither of them recognized Carolina when she asked if they had found everything okay. The boy seemed worried, and as the girl continued to speak Carolina tried to understand but realized she was speaking another language. Carolina scanned the items and read the total. The boy looked down to take his wallet out of his pocket, but when he opened it he did not find any cash. The girl seemed to notice this and paused for a moment to smile, then began to talk to him faster and more loudly. She kept her head level as she spoke, looking at his chest rather than looking up into his eyes. He did not look at her either, but only kept his eyes on his wallet. Carolina watched him bite his lip as he pulled out a credit card and handed it to her, watching her closely as he held it. Carolina took it and frowned silently when it was declined. The girl paused for several seconds, then seemed to ask questions which the boy did not answer. Carolina tried the card two more times, and it was declined each time. The boy seemed scared as the girl’s voice got louder.

“Thank you,” said Carolina suddenly, smiling as she handed him the card back. For a brief moment, all three of them paused as she handed him the bag. Carolina and the boy looked at each other for several seconds. “You don’t need to sign” she said, looking at his eyes.

The boy seemed as though he was going to say something, but the girl took him by the hand and he followed behind her towards the door. The security alarm went off as they left and they did not notice. The noise of it made Carolina’s head hurt, and she took another sip of coffee.


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