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Legend Of The Golden Ship by Michael Vincent A free gift is given to a town to save them but some of them refuse to accept it. [567 words]
Believe In Better by Colin Baker A philosophical alternative to the current mindset. [804 words]
The Kill by Britney Sheppard A guy and his wife find dead bodies all covered with invisible glue. [901 words]
Fairy Tales Can Come True by Britney Sheppard A girl and her friend Abbey believe in fairy tales, but what if they weren't fairy ta... [998 words]
Acacia by Britney Sheppard A girl lives in egypt and has to defeat the Egyptian warriors. [1,134 words]
The Storymania Twilight Zone by Ted Ross A comedic take on the coveted TV series [426 words]
Seeing Ghosts. by Scott Murphy A very short anecdote about love and loss. [201 words]
Orlando Flores Is Dead by Kevin Hadley The enigmatic Orlando Flores links two moments in a couple's life. [3,321 words]
Drinking Alone With Company by Jacob Freer A lonely man downs a bottle of whiskey while walking around his neighborhood at nig... [718 words]
Air To Breathe. by Terry Collett - [921 words]
The Golden River by Vincent Michael an allegory i hope you'll find interesting. [2,667 words]
Black Flying Fist by Delmar Burkett It's fiction deals with two karate students trying to open a chest that suppose to contain a... [2,868 words]
Fight Fire With Fire by Joseph Albrecht A short story I wrote about an oil company at odds with everyday people and Mother Nature. [2,367 words]
Cursed Island by Vincent Michael Some folks are trapped on an island from which they try to escape but fail repeatedly. They need ... [977 words]
Around The Block And Back Home by Charles Turner A slice of trailer home life. [622 words]
Anxoius Lindsey by Demarquis Johnson Anxious Lindsey is a humorous story about a little girl whose always in a hurry to do things. M... [636 words]
A Thought by Sjl A single thought, and how it changes the way a young girl sees the world. [524 words]
The Abominable Snowman by Elvira Frankenheim - [338 words]
Rose's 'thorne' by Anuradha Krishna A young woman finds herself meeting a lost loved one who is in a challenging situation and real... [3,941 words]
Love Edit by Siddharth Shah Renu Sharma is a film editor in Bombay, living an ordinary life with a struggling filmmaker for a hus... [206 words]
Good News Is No News by Colin Baker Good news isn't always what it seems. [470 words]
The Spaceman Rituals by Eleanor Leech Delve in the wonders of the Spaceman Rituals. The Spaceman Rituals loose their suits, what... [414 words]
Marine Love by Ngoe Amate It's talking about a young girl who was possesed with an evil marine spirit that almot took her lif... [1,945 words]
Something For Nothing by Colin Baker The irony of political correctness [90 words]
Max Leroy In Space by Matthew Lenox Max Leroy is abducted by aliens and must now make his way back home by any means necessary. [5,546 words]
Max Leroy Against The Floss Flaws by Matthew Lenox Max Leroy takes on big floss and just escapes by the skin of his teeth. [3,917 words]
Lucifer Falls by C Bacchus Ever wonder why Lucifer would betray God? Why he would betray everything he knew? We all know the... [1,320 words]
You Again by Mahmoud Akoush - [364 words]
Why Is Everybody Speaking About Captions Now? by John Peterson Captions can make or break a video. That is why Captioningstar is... [328 words]
Little Red Riding Hood by E Ashe Gray confronts his own humanity when he fails to shoot a young female terrorist; the gir... [1 words]
Just Want To Go Home by Autumn Eve story about when i was 16 and ran away to chicago [404 words]
Blood's Secret by Autumn Eve A story about an abused girl who escapes the torment of her awful life [1,288 words]
My Addiction To Eve Garner by Jonathan Soriano - [2,960 words]
Train Watchers: A Brett Mccarley Locomotive Engineer Story by Shelley J Alongi You hope this never happens out on the line, but if ... [3,405 words]
Time On His Hands by John Frazee Perpetual down on his luck NYC charater sees things finally turning around. [1,540 words]
Prime Of Life by Teresa Ann Frazee Franco, a New York City retired cat ( mouse catcher) enters a May/Dec. whirlwind romance,revitali... [4,267 words]
Lift by Lauren Van Der Vyver - [2,868 words]
I Don't Believe In Luck by Lauren Van Der Vyver - [4,364 words]
A True Love Story by The Hidden Bunny A true love story [543 words]
A New Years Tale by Iain Young This is the tale of one New Years Eve, two musicians and three venues. [6,888 words]
The Evil Within by Elvira Frankenheim A man lies in the creek, death by drowning. Only a silly accident? [2,499 words]
Summer In The City. by Terry Collett - [733 words]
St. Jerome by Lander Aberdimme - [173 words]
Extravagant Measures Condemend In Sin. by Regardless Devon Victory THIS BOOK IS COPYRIGHTED IT IS ILLEGAL TO USE ANY OF THIS BOOK WITHOUT ... [13,160 words]
The Secret Of The Secret by Martha Spring When fate wears an apron... [8,215 words]
The Fall (By Elvira Frankenheim) by Elvira Frankenheim - [1,591 words]
The Dead Girls by Darren Oberhaus Dead Girls / synopsis: A lonely call girl who is always searching for her own Prince Charming... [3,260 words]
Size A by Martha Spring To some people size matters. [678 words]
Rose Bush by Martha Spring Perfection is never free... [1,295 words]
Question Answered by Martha Spring To marry or not to marry? That is the question! [1,101 words]
His Own Truth by Kriti Ruia relationship in todays modern-day [647 words]
Page 12 by D J Based on a very awkward English lesson... [448 words]
Fair Warning by Sf A young boy appears on Scott's porch with the ominous message, "If you choose to speak with me, on... [5,139 words]
From My Mouth, To Your Heart by Jade T Force A short story describing love and comparing it to the addiction of a cigarette [199 words]
Prologue: This Is My Secret by Frederick Espina Without giving too much of it away, the story is the prologue to a character I have... [84 words]
Tough Skin by Ashley N Hudson Hudson tough Skin talks about, how in the Gay World u have. To be strong mineded not just with woman but me... [34 words]
The Story Of Starry Knight by Ai Miina A story about a girl called Starry Knight, who once died in a high school, but nobod... [366 words]
The Skeleton That You Keep by Edward Bush Jr A short love story from a twisted mind. [202 words]
The Monster Who Stalked And Snatched by Ted Cowell How does it feel to be reading sentences written by pure evil? I can feel ... [634 words]
The Day I Met God by Matthew Mark Gill Hope [270 words]
Sweethearts by Ashley N Hudson Hudson SweetHearts, talks about how one person is so much in love. with this person at one time they felt ... [27 words]
Our Story by Ashley N Hudson Hudson Our story, talks bout country where we from which is Louisiana. From our food to clothers, How we as ... [33 words]
Church By Kevin Kling by Kevin Kling Kevin Kling shows us how eventful a Sunday morning can be for a Catholic family getting r... [1,660 words]
Brendon by Katherine Mongone About a mother.. when love is not enough after she loses it all [1,816 words]
Woman Attempts Suicide by James J Alonzo Woman attempts suicide and runs into a cop who try but looses his patience [1,043 words]
When One Becomes Aware Of Their Mortality by James J Alonzo When ne becomes aware of their mortality [606 words]
The Viet Nam Experience by James J Alonzo Trying to understand PTSD from War [800 words]
The Menace Of That Most Demented Order by Michael Harris Eli Wellingsworth finally comes face to face with the horror perpetrated... [12,529 words]
She Likes Trains: Sleepy Freights by Shelley J Alongi Back to the Union Pacific, the last meal, engineer in training, and just hang... [3,746 words]
Seeing Eye What??? by James J Alonzo Blind Nan stop by the cops for driving blind [1,096 words]
Saving Sarah by James J Alonzo Cop save Sarah's life at risk of his own [923 words]
Ohm Is Where The Art Is -- By Dovin Melhee by Dovin Melhee "Your thoughts are not entirely your own..." [1,551 words]
Nurses In Viet Nam, They Served Too by James J Alonzo Nurses served in viet nam and deserve respect [800 words]
Mr. Whiskey Viet Nam by James J Alonzo Soldier has a imaginary friend [1,223 words]
I Was Told I Was Wrong To Go To Viet Nam by James J Alonzo Soldier arrives home and is told his war service was wrong [853 words]
Heaven Sent Me by Matthew Mark Gill Inspiring [168 words]
Ghosts Of Viet Nam by James J Alonzo Ghosts in viet nam [925 words]
Edna Benz Store Detective by James J Alonzo Elderly woman tough as nails [871 words]
An Attempted Mugging Of An Old Man by James J Alonzo Old war vet faces a young mugger [845 words]
A Son Is Born (Agent Orange) by James J Alonzo Son is born with physical problems from father's exposure to agent orange [2,475 words]
A Small Child And A Dream by Matthew Mark Gill Small World [196 words]
A Missed Love by James J Alonzo A missed love that occurred during the Viet Nam War [2,782 words]
What Kind Of Love Is This by Ashley N Hudson Hudson it is about how love trne upside down, and go wrong. How to fix we don't know. It be ... [27 words]
Unfavoured Child by Terry Collett - [814 words]
The Smiley Sticker by Matthew Mark Gill Make ya offers now this is probably the best story ya ever seen. Pulitzer 4 Shore.. Highest ... [299 words]
The Golden Cross by Matthew Mark Gill If Ya have a dream ya'll enjoy this. www.sixflags.com [324 words]
The Broken Window by Matthew Mark Gill The story of Hope and Inspiration [266 words]
South Sudan: Independence And Nation Building From A False Start? by Nicholas Okumu This article looks at the ongoing internal co... [693 words]
Old School Love by Ashley N Hudson Hudson Old School Love is bout bringing the love back makeing it feel gineuing and real. [21 words]
Maddy And Mother. by Terry Collett - [580 words]
Flynn's Mindgame. by Terry Collett - [1,006 words]
Death Has Come Knocking At My Door. by Bethany J Hargrove A story that will make Dr. Sueze proud. Unless I misspelled his name. The i... [173 words]
Beneath The Valley Of The Ultra-Catholics by Elvira Frankenheim The actor Peter and his girlfriend (the narrator) go to a catholic vi... [418 words]
A Minsiter Child by Ashley N Hudson Hudson A Minsiter Child, is about how somebody grow up in a house with a pastor and how it affect the... [34 words]

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44 (Poetry) - [294 words]
Blame Is A Game (Can't Run From) (Songs) - [233 words]
Casual Embrace (Songs) Life notes for my daughter [205 words]
Comes To Fall (Poetry) - [84 words]
Daughter (Songs) Cynical father to his only daughter about men [231 words]
Depth Of My Soul (Songs) Being strong enough to say never again. [298 words] [Relationships]
Devil's Deal (Novels) A life never lived for a crime not committed... [7,732 words] [Literary Fiction]
Finding Home (Songs) Getting lost is the easy part - coming of age and reconciling with the mistakes we all make. [423 words] [Relationships]
Fine Things (Poetry) - [177 words]
Fire Burned (Songs) The competitive fire of capitalistic success has unintended consequences when parenting takes a backseat to material wealth. [272 words] [Self-Help]
Forever Starts Tonight (Songs) Duet love song [242 words] [Romance]
Hearts That Fear (Songs) - [208 words]
High School Heros (Poetry) Not what you think [243 words] [Motivational]
Hitched To Your Chariot (Songs) Dedicated to those we cannot hope to repay. [323 words]
Jack And Jill (Songs) Sad country lament [172 words]
Lonely Song (Songs) The sound of heartbreak. [240 words] [Relationships]
Look Away (Poetry) This unique madness of ours [210 words] [History]
Lost By Noon (Songs) - [263 words]
Love Anew (Poetry) - [197 words] [Romance]
Magical (Poetry) - [48 words]
Miss Liberty (Songs) We continue to meddle - the Arab spring will lead to a cold winter. [171 words] [History]
Move From This (Songs) Most think our country is headed in the wrong direction - call me most. [217 words]
Never Grow Up (Songs) - [260 words]
Never Hear (Songs) Losing a love dart by dart [146 words] [Relationships]
Nonsense We Believe (Songs) Our political intransigence is in part our own ignorance of the obvious. [348 words]
One Chance And One Time (Songs) Some roads don't intersect [228 words] [Relationships]
Over It (Poetry) - [80 words]
Planting Lilies On The Blood Stained Road (Songs) Syria 2012 [241 words]
Playground Symphony (Songs) - [219 words]
Post A Note (Songs) Growing apart and not talking about it. [203 words] [Relationships]
Raymond (Songs) ...learning things that cannot be taught [204 words] [Motivational]
Ridiculous Me (Songs) - [68 words] [Self-Help]
Run For Me (Poetry) First Saturday in May [166 words] [Animal]
Send It Away (Songs) Why we write things no one reads. [310 words]
Silent Sirens (Songs) - [259 words]
Simple Things (Songs) Love song [146 words] [Romance]
Social Contract (Songs) Inspired by Elizabeth Warren - apparently they don't teach contracts at Harvard Law School [404 words]
Team Of Stone (Songs) - [209 words] [History]
This Town Was Home (Songs) You can go back but you probably shouldn't. [226 words] [History]
Time Is Right (Songs) The right thing at the wrong time lasts forever [152 words] [Relationships]
Timing The Season (Poetry) - [74 words]
Tin Whistle (Poetry) - [272 words]
Treasure To Find (Songs) A long lost love. [219 words] [Relationships]
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Your Money (Songs) A KMA to the ex [180 words] [Relationships]


“Stop me if I’ve told you this story.” He hesitated and hoped he hadn’t but the memory of yesterday was not as vivid as the tale he could tell.
“I’d like to hear it.” She was eighteen years old volunteering at the nursing home in hopes of getting into medical school someday. All of that seemed so far away and nights like this were precious to her. No parents, no boyfriend and no pressure she was being paid to listen and she felt guilty taking money for it. She would miss him when she went away unlike the rest of it.
“So it started on a Saturday my first year in medical school at the Watervliet pavilion. The pavilion was a covered open tennis facility where the tennis rats congregated and found games more times than not for money. I was a good player in college and would have played more seriously if not for my calling and lack of talent. “ She grinned and settled into her seat. She loved the sound of his voice and the way he painted the memory.
“Anyway I had no game that day and there was this guy hitting against the wall who I had never seen and after sizing him up for awhile I asked if he wanted to hit. Little did I know what would follow? His name was Nick. There is a certain sound a ball makes on a wooden racquet; yes tennis racquets were made of wood back then and the sound was distinctive when the ball was on the center of the strings. His timing and hand eye coordination were superb and in a short time I easily recognized as superior to my own. We played and I saw things that I had never seen in Division I competition. He could hit any shot and anticipate and basically handled me more easily than I could believe. I always met him at seven in the morning because even after that first day I had a plan and keeping him out of sight was part of it. Every year there was one tournament I targeted and always thought I had a chance. The Rockwell Park Open otherwise known as the “Sandpit” was a semi-professional event attracting all the good local pros and to anyone who wanted to qualify. Played on true clay it was a single elimination three set format until the final, which was five sets, and it set up perfectly for my baseline game. I always thought I could win it and I had gotten through three rounds last year losing in the semi-final to the eventual winner in a match I could have won. But the other thing was the betting and that was where the money was and at that time in my life that was all I was thinking about.” He coughed and reached for his water glass and closed his eyes.
“Can I get you a pain pill?”
“Yes please.” She brought him a Lortab and a fresh glass of water.
“I think I won’t be telling this story many more times. Maybe this the last time.”
“No just rest you can finish it tomorrow.” She hoped he would object.
“I’d like to finish it.”
“Okay but take your time I am not going anywhere.” She loved to listen to something so distant from the usual non-sense she was dealing with.
“ So we played daily for the two months leading into the Open and I finally sprang it on him. I told him I was playing and thought I could win it and that his game wasn’t suited but hey it’s a fifty dollar entry fee, and he was beating me so why not? It was that easy. All that time I was trying to find something in my own game that would never be there and testing his game and well, there were always answers. I had fifteen hundred dollars to my name and we were in different brackets and when the Calcutta came up the blind betting made him twenty to one with my thousand being the only bet on him. He didn’t and couldn’t know. In the last week before the tournament we played hours each day and I made the rule that neither of us could come to the net just so he could reset his game to the baseline approach required at this level on this surface. To my amazement he could stand on the baseline and pound away for as long as it took.”
“Why not tell him?” She said.
“The reason I tell this story is not prideful. But I’ll go with the explanation that has served me well through the years. He had never been in a tournament and I had seen him play absent pressure and thought he was unbeatable. He was a natural; something I can’t begin to understand or explain and he didn’t know it and I thought that was his best chance.”
“So you felt bad about taking advantage of him?” She knew the answer but this was part of their routine.
“Sadly not for many years but now for what it is worth…yes.” His lip quivered and he took a deep breath. “So the first two rounds were nothing for either of us and visually I was much more impressive only giving up 6 games in four sets. He actually went to a tiebreak in his second match but it was against one of the favorites and it was a good win. But the way he was doing it wasn’t what I had stressed to him. He was playing a type of tennis not suited to the surface with too much net and too many gambles. He needed to stand and pound because with his precision I didn’t think he could be beat. I was beat in the third round by a seventeen year old kid. He was good and supposedly ranked nationally but I wasn’t impressed just out worked and a part time twenty four year old lost to a full time seventeen year old. My sadness was extinguished watching Nick get through to the finals. He played a near flawless match and spent most of his time ending points quickly doing the things that only seemed to work for him and on clay no less. At this point he wasn’t a surprise but there really wasn’t a playbook to beat him. But the pounding that I took for someone used to playing that game bothered me. Five sets would be a stretch and maybe his style and stamina wouldn’t hold. For two thirds of my savings it occurred to me that not having seen him lose was a bad omen.”
“I would have been so nervous.”
“No you would never have done anything like this. And don’t.” He grimaced because the Lortab never took the edge off the inevitable end.
“Do you need another one?”
“Yeah this story is almost over.” She brought him another pill and he swallowed it willingly.
“So I guess you had to be there but the first two sets were magic. Smoke and mirrors and maybe a little seventeen-year-old nerves but it was 6-4, 6-4 and really not all that close. The third set turned and the kid started to hit clean and a 2-6 third set looked like a rest. But I was there and I saw something that unnerved me. He was figured out, old, tired and defeated. He looked at me and mouthed something to the effect of “I’m okay I know what to do” or something like that. I wasn’t so sure and figured my twenty thousand was evaporating. I thought about telling him and realized that it would not serve either of us and decided to let it ride.” He put his head back and closed his eyes and there was a pain on his face that far exceeded the pathetic cancer that was taking him.
“Mr. Jones are you okay?”
“I’m dying with pancreatic cancer and it is the least of my problems. Please let me finish this. The fourth set lasted two hours. He stood at the baseline and rallied consistently drilling slice backhands deep on the backhand corner to his opponent’s two-handed backhand like we practiced. He figured out the only way to win was by minimizing his energy and maximizing that of his opponent. And he lost that set and won the war. When they went out for the fifth set he went back to his usual game being unpredictable and ending points quickly. The end came quickly and he walked to the net to applaud the youngster who he had out gutted. I collected and Nick held the trophy and then died in a car accident a month later. And I have this story I tell that always ends the way I don’t want it to.”
“You look so tired.”
“You would never make the mistakes…
“Mr. Jones?”


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