Jean Alphin

"Short Stories"

“A Big Surprise “


“Lets go home boy……..the sun is back out. We won’t have to take a bus after all.”

“That was so stupid of me, I wasn’t thinking. The bus driver wouldn’t of left you and your toy on the bus anyway.” ” Daa!” laughed Missy

The sun was shining, the street was wet,the line of trees along the road, there was rain dripping off of the leaves.

Just as they started walking down the street. A car was driving slowly toward them.

The man in the car yelled out at Missy.

“What the hell are you doing with my dog?”

Bernie recognized the voice,snatched Buttons up, and ran up the alley.

“See what you did mister? You scared the hell out of that dog.”yelled Missy

“Don’t worry about my dog. Just mind your own business.”

Missy kept on walking home,she turned around,and seen the nitwit,turn up the alley.

“I hope he doesn’t find him, he seems very mean.” said Missy out loud

Bernie and Buttons heard the car coming up the alley.

Bernie was shaking, he whispered to Buttons, “keep quite, I don’t think, he’ll stop his car,and look behind this dumpster.”

“At least,I hope not! ” sighed Bernie

Just after he said that, a car stopped in front of the dumpster. Someone got out of the car, went over to the dumpster,and threw something in it. Then got back in the car and drove off.

“Darn that was close, Buttons. Come on, let’s make a run to the park, before he comes back.”

After Missy got home, she took a shower,and ate a snack. Her cell phone rang.

She found her phone,in her handbag. It was Lucy. “Yes Lucy!”

“Hello!” “I love you to!” answered Lucy

“Did you have a nice nap?” asked Missy

“No I didn’t.” Bruce used his key to get in. We both had a long talk. He just went down to pick a pizza up.

“Why don’t you come over and have a piece?”

“No thanks!” “Not today!” sighed Missy

She processed to tell her about the ordeal on her way back from her walk.

“Well the man probably found his dog,and that’s the end of the story.” laughed Lucy

“I just hope the little dog is okay.” sighed Missy

Weeks passed, Bernie and Buttons were lucky. One day at the park,a mother and her little son,took a liking to Bernie and Buttons.

The mother said to her young son, burnieandbuttons“we’ve been coming here for two weeks. No one seems to own this poor little dog. Let’s take him home with us,and you can have him,as your own pet.”

“Yes mommy,for my own!” he jumped for joy

Bernie and Buttons were elated.

“Let’s go Buttons! Let’s go!”

” We Found a Friend ”


“My parents divorced,about five years ago. After, I finished my studies at Kent Community College.”

“I decided, to move out on my own. Mom was never home,she was either working, or out with her friends.”

“Most of my friends,where,I grew-up here,in Newlines,Pennsylvania.”

“Either,moved away,or busy starting their own new life.”

“I don’t have any siblings, so this was,the right move for me.”

“I found a spacious apartment, in the town of Veer. Three miles from my hometown.

“Closer to where I’m employed…I work for….. ” Veer Utility Company”.

“Been their since 1990. That’s almost 4 years ago.”

“I do a lot of reading in my spare time. Which is mostly on the week-ends.

I’m single, and not in an relationship. I was seeing someone, while going to college. But,that didn’t have an happy ending.”

“I don’t like to go out by myself. It’s no fun going out to eat, or see a good movie, alone. Unless, of-course, it’s shopping. My co-workers,are either married,or older. With that said, my friendship, stay’s at work.”

“When I woke-up Saturday morning, after going to bed early. I was energized,for the day,after a hard working week. Sunlight flooded the bedroom. All last week, we had April showers.”

“I finished, my usual Saturday chores early. I decided to get dressed, eat lunch, then go outside,for a walk.”

“I’m going to wear my blue walking shorts,and white tee-shirt.

After I get dressed, I’ll called Lucy, maybe,she’ll walk with me.”

I searched in my mid-size, brown pocketbook,for my cell-phone.

“Their it is!”

I picked up the phone,and put in Lucy’s number. The phone rang three times,before she answered.

“Hi Lucy!”

“Hi Missy!” “I was getting ready to lay on the couch for a nap. Bruce was
up to his old shit last night!”

“What part doesn’t he understand?”

“I caught him red handed,with that blonde, hair bitch. He’s been calling me all night, apologizing,for his so called,one night stand.”

“I guess, he wants to come back?” I mumbled

“Yes!” “He thinks,I should welcome him back,with open arms. Because, he was drunk, he’s sorry!” “Screw him!!”

“Lucy,call me back, when you wake up. You’ll have a clearer head.”

“Who’s side are you on?” sigh Lucy

“Good Bye Lucy!”

Lucy and I have been friends,for a couple of years. We first met at a book store.
I was reaching for a book, on the top shelf. She was looking at the books,on the opposite side, of the bookshelf.

Just as I reached for a book,the book slipped out of my hand,and it rested on top of her head.
My brown eyes got as big as an almond,and I could feel heat,coming from my face.

Nevertheless,it startled Lucy, when the book landed on her head.

Then she started laughing so hard,she had tears rolling down her face.

I couldn’t apologize enough.

Lucy just gave me a hug,and laughed. “Shit happens!”

We been good friends, ever since.

We have a lot in common, we are both in our late twenties ,5’5″ tall, shoulder length light brown hair,and single.

I don’t want to tell you, but we aren’t slender,like the models are. We’re more on the chunky side.

Don’t tell Lucy, but she is a little chunkier than me. I love her just the same.

She is like a sister, I never had.

On the other hand,Lucy,has a live-in boyfriend.

Bruce. 6’1″ tall, husky, with short curly dark brown hair,green eyes,and a sloping nose. As you already know,he likes to drink,and make a ass,out of himself.

I decided to take a walk anyway. Let Lucy and Bruce straighten their problem out.
The sun was still shinning, there was a little breeze blowing. Not bad for being in the late fifties.

After walking maybe one mile, I was ready to start back home. The sky was starting to get black,and it looked like it was going to pour again.

Bernie and Buttons was playing in the dog park.

“Look up at the sky,Bernie said, Buttons,it looks like it’s going to rain again.”

“Oh, not again!” “I’m finally dry, from the last rain.” mumbled Buttons

“Let’s make a run for it! Buttons.

Just as it started raining, Bernie grab Buttons by his arm. He couldn’t see in front of him, on account of the pouring rain. Just as he reached the opening in the park. Somebody reached down,and picked him,and Buttons up.

“You poor baby!” said Missy

“Let me get us both to a dry place. Until it slows down.” sighed Missy

“There’s a bus station across the street, I’m gonna make a run for it.”

She held Bernie close to her,and Bernie was just wagging his tail.

Buttons was whispering. “Help,Help!”

Missy and Bernie were both drenched. So was poor Buttons.

Missy put Bernie down, once they arrived at the bus station.

“Give me that bear you have in your mouth”. said Missy

Bernie started to growl at her.

“Okay boy!” as she jumped back.

“You can keep your toy.”

“You stay! I’m going into the station,and ask when the next next bus is due,then I’ll take you to my place. Because your wandering by yourself,and I don’t want you to get run over by a car. “Okay you poor dog.”

She left me and Buttons,in a little hallway,and shut the door.

While Missy was going……

“She sounds like she nice, Buttons….. Look the rain has slowed down,do you want to make a run for it,or stay with this human?”

“She doesn’t like me,she wants to throw me away,like that other person.”

“We don’t have any place to go right now,and she seems like she’s nice.

I’ll make a deal with you…we’ll go with her,but,if she treats us mean later,we’ll get away. I promise,I won’t let her throw you away.”

“Alright Bernie!” I don’t like it, but I’ll give it a try.”

“Here she comes,remember, we don’t talk, when she’s around, deal?”

burnieandbuttons“Shhh!” “Deal!”

“Bernie and Buttons”


"Bernie and Buttons".

“Bernie and Buttons”


burnieandbuttons

I’m lost! I’m hungry! I shouldn’t of jumped out that car window.

Although, I thought, I could find a friend, that loves me.

My master,was mean to me, always yelling and kicking at me.

The meanie didn’t even pull over and see if I was hurt.

I guess, if your going to read this. I better tell you my name.

Meanie, called me Bernie, sometimes, he would call me, “Get Out of my Way.”

He said, he found me wandering the streets in the pouring rain, all by
myself.

So he took me home to his house, because, I looked like a wet,little mutt.

He was nice to me at first. He would play with me……then all of a sudden, after he stepped,on my paw. (Ouch!) I growled at him.

That was it for him….then he got mean with me.

I once was happy,but he made me very sad.

That is the reason, I jumped out the car window.

I didn’t care, if I got hurt, I just wanted to be rid of him.

Nevertheless, here I am, walking down this big road.

All by myself…cars passing me by, and probably wanting me to dart across the street.

I’m to smart for them.

I’m going to keep moving along side of the road carefully.

Maybe the sun will go away soon.

Goody! I’m finally off that big road.

Looky! There’s a big trash can, and a smaller one next to it.

Maybe I can look in one of them, for something to eat.

Just as I started to check – out the big can.

I heard something moving in the little can.

I walked over to the little can, and I heard a low voice coming from under the trash.

“Somebody help me, please!” “I’m stuck in this can.”

Startled, I moved my nose over to the can, and pushed the trash away.

“Help me up big guy!” “Somebody threw me in here.”

“Well, look what we have here!”

“A talking little Teddy Bear.” said Bernie, with a smile.

“So what’s wrong with that? Your a funny looking talking dog.”

“Let me get you out of this trash can,before you start smelling.”

I grabbed the Teddy out, with my mouth, by his arm.

“Don’t hurt me!” “Don’t hurt me!” The Teddy cried.

“Your silly!” “I wouldn’t hurt a little guy like you.”

“What are you, about four inches tall, with your brown self?”

“Your just to funny!” Sigh the Teddy Bear.

“Well if you want to hang with me, laughed Bernie. That is how I’m going to have to carry you.”

“What are you crazy?” “I might be small, however, I know how to walk.”

“Great news little fellow. What is your name?”

“Ahhh!” “I don’t have a name. I just came out of the toy store.”

“My little friend, just bought me. He lost me before he got me home.”

“Then someone came along, and dump me in the trash.”

” All right then!” “I’m just going to have to give you a name.” nodded Bernie.

“I hope your good in that department.” sighed Teddy

“Let me see…How about Sherman or Howard? Maybe Reed or Reds?”

“Apparently, your in the wrong department.” laughed Teddy

“I could just call you plain Teddy.”

“I know!” “I know!” yelled Bernie.

“Your name is going to be…… “Buttons”.

“How do you like that name? Bubbled Bernie

“I like it!” “I like it!” “Now we’re best friends.

“I don’t know about that, we just met.”

“Okay!” “I’ll settle for plain friends than.” sighed Buttons.

“That’s settled!”

‘Let’s see if we can find something to eat. I’m starving!” said Bernie

“Can’t we go to your house to eat?”

“That’s another story, Buttons”…”I’ll fill you in later.”

“Nixie”


Nixie, was sitting at her kitchen table,drinking her second cup of coffee. She’s been up since three o’clock this morning. This isn’t natural for her. Nixie is more accustomed to hitting the snooze button a couple of times,before getting out of bed.

But this morning was different.

Two years ago, she moved from her hometown, in Locust, North Carolina—– to her present home in Normalcy, Pennsylvania. Since than, Nixie, has been having the same dream—that she’s been having for the last three months. Someone stalking her, and her running away.

When her phone rang. She rose from her chair,and answer it.

“Hello” no answer. She repeated it. no answer. Then she slammed the phone down.

“Dam it!” she said out loud. “Who could be calling me 6:30 in the morning,then not saying anything?

“Oh well,I better get dressed for work,and catch the train.”

Nixie is 29 years old, 5’2″ with brown eyes,shoulder length brown straight hair. She was in a relationship,but it ended, when he wouldn’t get help for his alcoholism.

“Lawrence was another person completely,when he was drinking. When he was sober,he treated me like, I was a princess.” said Nixie

“After the third time,he tried. he fell off the wagon again. That is when Nixie, found out that she was expecting.”

“When Nixie told Lawrence the news,he wanted to get married right away.

“Lawrence,this isn’t the right way,to start a marriage. If you promise to stay away from booze,then we will get married” sigh Nixie.

He agreed,but it only lasted for two months. He was back,to his drinking again.

Nixie moved in with her mother for a while, until the baby was born. She had a lot of time to think.

“Mom” “I’ve been thinking a lot about the baby. It’s not fair to bring a baby into this world. With a alcoholic father,that doesn’t seem to care. He hasn’t stopped by,to see how I’m doing. So that proves to me,he could care less,about our baby.”

“So it looks like, you’ll raise the baby by yourself.” Mom sighed

“I’ve thought a lot about this, since I been living here. I don’t want Lawrence in my life anymore.

I don’t want to,but,to do that. I decided to put the baby up for adoption. Lawrence won’t like it,when I tell him. But he’s going to have to live with it. He is the one that chose to go back, to his old ways.

It’ll be for the baby’s best interest. The baby will have a family,that will love, and care for it. Giving the baby a chance at life.”

“Are you sure about that Nixie?” You’ll regret that decision, for the rest of your life.”

“No I won’t Mom!” “The baby and I will , have a new and better life.”

When Nixie was seven months,into her pregnancy. Lawrence called her at her mom’s.

“Hello Nix’s.”

“Look who’s calling me!” “Mr. Hotshot” sighed Nixie

“I heard, you were trying to find me.” mumbled Lawrence

“I was!” “Three months ago.” “You were no-where to be found. Time was running out. I already put the baby,up for adoption.”

“How could you do that,to our baby?” he yelled

“Your the one,that decided,that your booze,was more important—–than me, and the baby.”

“I’ll never, forgive you for this, Nixie!”

“I’m going to start a new life,completely without you.” said Nixie,with tears rolling down her face.

Lawrence than, slammed the phone down.

After the adoption was over, Nixie moved to Pennsylvania,to start a new life.

When Nixie walked out her door,it started to rain.She pulled her hood up. She didn’t feel like going back to her apartment,and getting an umbrella,the train station,was only a couple blocks away.

Nevertheless,it was a nice summer morning. Probably going to clear up later,in the day.

The day turned out pretty good for Nixie at work in the bank,as a teller. She said people were very pleasant,which made the day go by faster,then she anticipated. She was anxious to finish the day out…..she was taking the week off,to visit her mother in North Carolina.

Nixie already packed the night before. So she could go to bed sooner,than she normally did,on Friday nights. Because she wanted to awake fairly early,to start her drive home.

When Nixie arrived home,there was a message on her phone from her mother to call.

Nixie picked her phone up,and called her mother.

Nixie’s Mom, picked up the phone on the second ring

“Hi Mom!” “I’m returning your call, what’s up?”

“I received a phone call,a couple of hours ago. From Lawrence sister Kim. “She told me,she received a phone call, from the police in Normalcy Pennsylvania.”
Kim said, her brother moved their, a couple of months ago.Just to get away. She knew better, he never got over Nixie adopting the baby out.

The last time, Kim heard from her brother, was a couple of days ago. He said,he was coming back home for a while.

“When he got off the train, he ran to catch his bus home. A car from nowhere,hit him,and threw him about six foot in the air. According to a witness,sitting on the bus.”

He was pronounced dead,on the way to the hospital.

“Lawrence was probably drinking Mom.”

“Well, you don’t have to worry about him no more.” sighed Mom.

“Maybe,just maybe!” “I won’t have anymore nightmares.”

“Just Maybe”


Tuesday night Stacy called me, she ask me if I wanted to go to our favorite club,Saturday night. She said,she was supposed to meet her friend Jay there. However, he said,he may stop by.

“We might be able to meet a couple of nice guys,this time.” laughed Stacy

“It’s on for Saturday night,unless something comes up before time.” I sigh

“Darcy,what can come-up?” laughed Stacy

“I met this guy,when I went downtown to buy Timmy a gift. He saved me from falling flat on my face. As I got off the bus, my foot slipped,and their he was. 5’9″,medium brown hair,dreamy emerald eyes,just holding me in his arms. His name is Jeff,and he wrote down his number.” “Call me” he said, “before he hurried off back to work.”

“Wow! That’s Awesome!” “Do you think,he has a buddy?

“He might!” Jeff is around our age,early thirties. I just hope,he isn’t all ready taken.”

“He sounds very charming.”

“I’ll get back to you Stacy,bye!”

Afterwards,I dug-up Jeff’s number and called him.

His cell-phone rang a couple of time. He then picked it up.

“Hello Darcy!” Nice to hear from you.”

“You’re either must be a clairvoyant,or my name came up on your phone.” I chucked
“Your right on the second guess. Hows your leg? I thought you were going to split your head open.”

“I’m fine!” “The reason I called, besides to say hello. This Saturday,my girlfriend Stacy and I are going to our favorite club. We usually have a lot of fun just being social. Would you like to join us?”

“No thanks!” Darryl and I don’t go to any clubs. We enjoy sitting in the movie house,eating popcorn and watching movies together.”

“Oh!” I sighed

“I just wanted to thank you again. I’ll try to be more careful,getting off the bus.” “Thanks again Jeff,bye”

“Just my luck,he’s already taken,I better call Stacy back.”

Stacy answered her phone right away.

“Wow Stacy” “Who are you expecting a call from?”

“I called Mike up,and ask him,if he was going to be at the club Saturday.”
“He said he would call me back,which was a couple of hours ago. I guess the answer is No.”

“I called Jeff,and invited him. I’m sorry to have to say, he’s already spoken for.”

“Nevertheless,we’re going to have a good time. Like we usually do,but I thought,maybe more is better.”

“See you Saturday night Stacy. Good Night!

“Kindness”


I had to take the bus this morning,my Chevy SUV broke down yesterday. So, I put it in the shop to get fixed. I’m no fan of the buses, but you have to, what you have to do.

I’m on my way to the toy store in town. I’m going to buy a birthday present for little Timmy, who lives next door to me. His birthday is tomorrow, he’ll be seven years old.

His mother Joan, told me he likes to play boardgames….especially Monopoly. More than likely, I’ll find something for him.

As the bus pulled and stopped in front of the toy store,it started to rain. I waited for the door to open, to get off the bus,then my foot slipped getting off.
I fell right in the arms of this handsome guy. I felt so embarrassed.
The bus driver yelled,”Lady are you all right?”

“Yes,I’m fine!”

I know my face was red,because it felt warm….. But I was okay.

The fellow was still holding me.He then left me go,and said,”That’s a close one.”

“Thank you so much!” “I better watch where I’m walking next time.”

It starting to pour and I said, “I better get going.”

“My name is Jeff,you didn’t tell me your name.”

“Nice to meet you Jeff,lets go under the awning next to the post office.
Both of us ran laughing under the awning.

“I chose a nasty day to shop,I chuckled.”

“Jeff my name is Darcy. I’m on my way to the toy store,to buy a gift for my next door neighbor.”

“That’s nice!” he looked at his watch, “I have to get to work,here is my cellphone number.” “Call me”

After he left,I ran into the toy store. I ask the store clerk,where the board games were. She said,”In aisle four.”

I found the monopoly game,purchase it,the cashier was nice enough to wrap it for me.
When I went back outside,the sun was shining. “This is April weather.” I mumbled.

I decided to stop at the library,to see if I could find a good book. This was Saturday,I didn’t have anything plan. My girlfriend Stacy,ask me if I wanted to go down to the shore,this weekend. But I told her my vehicle was in shop…I had to hold on to my money.

I found two romance novels,after staying in the library for a couple of hours. I was ready to take the bus back home.

When I got back home,I knock on Joan door. Timmy answered the door,and I handed him his gift. He gave me a big hug,and thanked me. It made me feel so good.
The weekend went too fast, Monday morning came. Before I left to go to work,there was a knock at my door. It was the man from the auto shop.
I opened the door,and he handed me my key.

“You had a loose wire,I just connected it,and it’s fine to drive.”

“There is no charge,for this.”

“Thank you so much,I won’t forget you.”

“Have a great day Darcy.”

“I was elated,he saved me a lot of money. My day was great for the rest of the day!”

After I arrived home from work,my cellphone rang.

It was Joan,”Hi Darcy,I want to thank you for making Timmy so happy.He couldn’t believe, you knew what he wanted for his birthday.

After he ate his dinner,and did his homework. Timmy took the game across the street to show his friend Ms. Hooks..She is a widow,and Timmy stops by to see her. They both like to play board games.”

“I’m so happy to here that. Timmy is such a thoughtful young man.”

“Yes he is Darcy,thanks again,I’ll talk to you later.”

“After I get settled,I think,I’ll give Jeff a call and see where that takes me.”

“Sensitive and Curious”


Babs Forma threw her handbag on the kitchen floor. As she slammed the door behind her,and bursted out with tears.
I can’t believe this,today, when I got off the bus from work. I seen my boyfriend walking down the street,with this bitch. She has long red hair,and a ass that you couldn’t miss. They both were laughing,and seem to be having a great time.

Brent is suppose to be working over-time today.

Babs is 24 years old, 5’4″ tall,with brown eyes and dark blonde hair.She is sensitive, and curious, but can be jealous.

Brent is Babs boyfriend of 2 years.

He is 25 years old, 5’8″ tall, with hazel eyes and auburn hair. Brent is resourceful, witty and honest.

Several hours later,someone turned the knob on my front door. I jumped off my blue living-room chair. Afterward, I heard Brent yell from behind the door.

“Babs,” “Let me in, since when did you lock your door?”

“I was still steaming, about what I seen today. But I’ll let on,like I didn’t see anything.”

“Just a minute Brent!”
As I opened the door, I said, “Ugh!” “I was watching the news! “Things going on out there, are really scary, after viewing the events.”

“If you feel safer locking your door,fine!” “But I have to run to the bathroom. Something I ate, didn’t agreed with me.”

Brent then threw his cell-phone and a little bag on the coffee table,and practically ran to the bathroom.

“I hate to be sneaky,but I’m going to check his phone calls out, before he gets back.”

“You know what I mean,I’m sure!”

“I then snatched the cellphone,and went through all his calls. Their were calls that he made to me, his friend Josh and somebody named Sherry.”
“Who the hell is Sherry?” “Maybe it’s that bitch, with the big ass?”

“Just as I put the phone back on the table. I heard heavy foot- steps, coming from the bathroom.”

“Josh and I had a late lunch,about a hour and half ago. Being I have to work until 9 to-night. I thought I’d stop by and give you your favorite blueberry pie.”

“Thanks,that was nice of you.”

“I almost for to tell you,next Thursday I have another double shift.”

“That’s bull scrap!” You’re suppose to take me out to dinner for my birthday.”

“I’m sorry Babs,I forgot! We have this deadline,that can’t wait. I might be working all night.This assignment must be finished by Friday morning.”

“Well!” “What am I suppose to do, sit around on my birthday?”

“Why don’t you go over to Matty’s bar with Jenny and have a drink?” “I’ll try and run over and have a drink with you,for your birthday.”

“That sounds like a plan,if Jenny is free. She mention, maybe if Ken isn’t working next Thursday, we all can go out and have a drink, at Matty’s. But I told her, you already made reservations for dinner.”

“Brent gave me a long soft kiss,with his warm lips.”

“If I had more time,I’d take you into the bedroom,and finish this. Nevertheless, I better get back to work.”

“After he left, I called Jenny,but her line was busy. I’ll have to call her back.

“I wonder who this Sherry is?” I should of mention to Brent,that I seen him,with that bitch! But he might think that I was spying on him. I don’t think, he has a person named Sherry,working with him.

I’m just going to come out and ask him, when he calls.”

I called Jenny back later,and she answered on the third ring.

“Hi Babs!” I just got off the phone with Ken. “What luck!” “He is going out of town for a couple of weeks,for his job. We were suppose to go and visit his parents,next week.”

“Well, since Brent is working over-time again,and Ken is out of town. Do you want to go with me to Marty’s Thursday night,and have a birthday drink with me?”

“Sure Babs!” “What are friends for!”

“What time do you want to go Babs?”

“9:00,if its okay with you?” “I’ll pick you up.”

“That’s fine,but I’ll pick you up,it’ll be your birthday present.” laughed Jenny

“See you Thursday night,I’ll call before I come.”

“Thanks Jenny,see you than.”

“I started humming my favorite song “Blue Bells”,that I just heard on the radio.”

The following week went by fast. Here it was Wednesday already. Everything was going good.
But I had to get this Sherry out of my mind. What if Brent didn’t love me anymore? I decided to wait until after my birthday,to confront Sherry to Brent.”

“I made dinner,and afterwards, Brent and I went into the living-room,to watch a little T.V. We carried with us, our slice of cake,that I made the day before.”

As we sat down, Brent’s cell-phone rang.He looked at the face of his phone,and hung it up. He didn’t bother to answer it.

“My friend from work just called,and he needs me at work. So I have to leave.”

“With tears in my eyes…I screamed,”Don’t you mean Sherry needs you!!!”

“I don’t know what your talking about!

Then he slammed the door behind him.

“He didn’t call me at all that night. Matter of fact the next day,I didn’t hear from him at all.
That night,Jenny called me,and I told her what happened last night.”

“Don’t worry about him, this is your day. I’ll be over to pick you up.”

“While we were riding to Marty’s,we both didn’t say to much.”

“When we pulled up to Marty’s. We both got out of her ford,and started to walk inside. It was a beautiful night.”

“Jenny said,”Hell with Brent!” “Lets go in and have a good time.”

“As we opened the door,it was dark in there. Jenny looked at me,and I looked at her.”

“All of a sudden, the lights came on. Their was a huge crowd their. They all started sing “Happy Birthday”

“At the end of the counter stood Brent,and this red-head bitch. He had his arm around her shoulders.”

“I walked over to him,tried to slap his face,but he grabbed hold of my arm, and laughed. My eyes got big as day,and my mouth was wide open.”

“Calm down birthday girl!” “I would like you to meet my sister Sherry.”
With a laugh,he said, Sherry this is my wild girlfriend Babs. She isn’t usually wild like this,but under the circumstances. She thought,you were my girlfriend.”

“I guess,I would act the same way,not knowing what was going on.”smiled Sherry
“I’ll tell you the story Babs….About 2 weeks ago,I called my brother,and told him I was coming home from Texas to see him.We’re the only family we have. Mom and Dad,was killed in a car accident,when we were both teenagers.Brent is all that I have.”

“Let me finish it,because everyone is standing around waiting for the party to begin. I asked her to wait, until, at least a week. Because I was going to have a surprise birthday party for you. When she arrived that day,I know you seen us. We were walking from the train station. I told Sherry,we both blew it.But when I stopped over at the house to bring you the pie. To see if, you really did see us. You didn’t say anything about it,so I was releaved.
“I couldn’t tell you last night who Sherry was,so I left. Can you every forgive me,love?”

“Being it was your sister,I’ll forgive you. But don’t do it again.

“Everybody started clapping,and yelling…..”Lets get the show on the road.”

“I’m not finished yet,said Brent with a big smile.”

“He then got down on his knee,and said. “Babs will you marry me?”

“I was in state of shock. My mouth wouldn’t move. Everybody was waiting for my answer. I suddenly belted out….”Yes Brent,I will marry you.”

“You could hear the whistling and clapping behind us. You could see them all, throwing confetti in the air.

“Brent and I, held each other as we kissed.”

“This is the best birthday present,I ever had.”I yelled

-+

“It is what it is!”


Wink,was sitting on his front porch,that he and his late wife,Rose owned. This was his last day here, which he called home.

Wink’s real name was Stetson John, his nickname came from his friends, when he was a young lad. Wick had this twitch in his left eye, ever since he was born. Everyone thought he was winking at them.

At age 85……Wink thought he was doing great.

Since his Rose, of 50 years passed suddenly 7 years ago,at age 73. They borne 2 children, one son Brent,age 60,and a daughter Valeria, age 58. They both have good jobs and spouses. Brent and his wife Karen, has 1 son, Brent Jr. Valeria and her husband Kent, has no children.

Wink was in great shape for his age. Until 2 years ago,when he started forgetting things. It started with little things,than it progressed. He would drive somewhere and forget how to get back home.
Luckily one time,a police officer noticed him pulled over the side of the road. Wink was standing outside his car and waving to everybody, that passed by.
When the officer pulled behind his car, he got out of his vehicle,he walked over to Wink.

Wink smiled at the officer.

The officer didn’t know what to think,he was smiling and winking at him.

“What’s the matter sir?”

“I have to get home, my wife Rose,has dinner waiting for me. My problem is,I don’t know which way to go.”

“So your lost sir?”

“Yes you could say that!”

“Can I see your drivers license?”

The officer took the license,that Wink gave him.

“Stand on the other side of your car,and I’ll be right back.”

The officer enter his vehicle,and did background checking. He came back out of the car after 5 minutes.

“Mr. John,you live 8 miles from here.Let me take you to the police station for your safety. Then we’ll call your wife,so she doesn’t worry.”

Once they got there,Wink gave the officer his number. The officer called his house several times,but no one answered.

“Do you have any other family that I can call?

“Let me look in my wallet.”

There he found another number.

“Here you go,this is my daughter Valeria’s number.”

The officer took the card from Wink,and called his daughter.

The phone rang, after the third ring, a woman answered.

“Hello Valeria speaking.”

“Hello,are you Mr. John’s daughter?

“Yes I am.”

“This is officer Minsky,I have your father here at the police station.”

“Oh my god!” Is he okay?”

“Yes he is, I found him parked along side the road, he was lost. I called your mother,but there was know answer. Your father said he was late for dinner.”

“Oh my!” Mom’s been dead for quite a while.”

“Sorry to here that!”

“Which station is he at? I’ll come and pick him up.”

“Hanover’s township.”

“I know where that’s at…..he really did get lost, didn’t he?” “Can I talk to my dad?”

“Sure thing.”

He handed Wick the phone.

“Hello!” Wick said

“Hi dad,I’m on my way!”

“You don’t have to pick your mother up.”

“I know dad,I know.”

After that incident,Wink stay with his daughter,and her husband Kent for a while. they knew he couldn’t go home by himself any more.

Valeria and her brother Brent sat down with their father,and talked about what he wanted.

Wink kept changing his mind about what he wanted.

Therefore,brother and sister, hoped they made the right decision for him.

Their decision was, he was going to live with Brent,and his wife Karen. Both had to work,so they hired a nurse to take care of him, while they worked.

That meant,his house that he loved,had to be sold.

“That is the reason,Wink sat on his porch for the last time. While his daughter and son, were in the house gathering all his personal belongings. The moving truck would be there soon.

“Don’t worry Rose, we’re going to be okay.”

“Bad Choices We Make”


Lita didn’t have a choice, but to do what she had to do. Little Mark, age six months,and his brother Marty,who is two, isn’t being taken care of properly.

Lita was only nineteen, without a family nearby. When she was sixteen, she ran-away from home which, was in North Carolina. She found herself in Delaware, after taking free rides from truck-drivers.

“Well, I shouldn’t say free rides….that is when my problem started. Sex and food in exchange for rides in different trucks. I didn’t know where I was headed, and at the time,I didn’t care.”

“Until about a month later,I got tired of living that way.”

While I was walking along interstate 95. A tracker trailer pulled over.The driver ask me if I wanted a lift.

I excepted his offer… little did I know what would happen next.

We talked for a while,and he asked me where I was from. I told him my story.

“I’m sorry to hear your sad story.” he said.

Next he pulled in at a truck-stop. When he was parked,he got out….came over to my side and opened the door. I got out, as I turned around,to shut the door. I noticed next to that door,their was a second door.along side of it.

The trucker said,”Let’s get in the back and eat,you must be hungry.”

“Which I was.”

He then opened the second door,and ask me to get in, which I did.

“Before the door was completely shut….he was all over me.”

“I yelled at him to stop.”

“The truck-driver just smiled at me.”

“He said,”what did you expect, a party?”

“After he raped me, he threw me out of his truck.

“The last words I heard from him was,”Go home to your mama!”

I stayed hid for a whole day, until I seen this young guy…. somewhere around my age. He got out of his truck,and got a drink from the water foundation. He seen me,and ask me what I was doing their.

“I told him I was lost.”

That was the beginning of our relationship. He lived in Stater,Pennsylvania,that is where he took me.

His name is Marty,and he loved to party..the nickname his friends gave him.
One thing led to another…I partied with him. “why not!”

Before I knew it,I was pregnant.

When Marty found out……he said,”Don’t tell my mom,she doesn’t like you anyway.”

“What did I get myself into? What does your mother have to do with the baby?” sighed Lita

“You know I haven’t worked in a while,and she has been giving me money.”

“Well!” “Looks like your going to have to find a job,and stop getting high everyday.”

“Who do you think your talking to?” “I took you off the streets,why don’t you get a job?” Further more,you get high with me,you seem to like it.”

This argument about Marty getting a job,went on for quite a while. I finally found a job,I wanted to saved enough money. So that we could find a little apartment, before the baby was born. I hated living here in his mothers house.

When “Little Marty” was born, we were still living with his mother. It seemed the money I was trying to save,went mostly on getting high,with Marty. Marty was right about me enjoying to get high with him.

I have to get myself straighten out for the babies sake at least. Marty, I can’t depend on. I hate to leave “Little Marty” with his dad, when I work…..who knows what’s going on then. Sometimes,I leave the baby with Shirley, a older lady down the street, when I go to work.

Months went by,and I got the shock of my life. Yes, your right,I was pregnant again.

“When I found out, I cried for weeks. This isn’t fair,for the children we’re having. I thought about,having an abortion, but I couldn’t do it…..it’s a human being…my baby!”

“I started putting money away,and didn’t tell Marty. By the time the baby comes,I should have enough,to get an apartment for all of us. Maybe things will change,if Marty’s away from his mother.

No matter what he does,it’s fine with her.”

A month after Mark was born,I told Marty,I found us a little apartment.

“You crazy woman!” I’m not going anywhere. This is my home,if you want to move out,take the kids with you.”

“These two children belong to both of us. Their your responsibly too. Just as much as mine.”

“Take the kids and get the hell out of here.” “Don’t come back!” “I’m sure you can be replaced.”

After I gathered some of the children’s belonging. I went over to Shirley’s house. “I ask her if she would watch them until I got myself together.”

“Take as long as you need,they will be safe with me.”said Shirley

Lita left her two children their with Shirley. She was on her way to pay the rent for the apartment. But instead,she found herself back at Marty house.Lita needed a fix…..Marty was glad to see her.

“I knew you would come back….they always come back.

“This went on for a couple of weeks. Lita didn’t know sometimes, where she was at.

When Lita came back to reality,she couldn’t believe what she had done. All the money she saved was going. She didn’t even know how her children were.

“That’s it Marty!” .”How low,I’ve become. You brought me down to your level.” “Good by!” “You won’t see me or the babies anymore.”

As she walk out the door and slammed it. Lita heard Marty yelling out the window,”you’ll be back.”

“That was when,I made my mind up,to get help for myself,and then be a mother to my children.”

“I stopped over to Shirley’s house to see my children. I told Shirley what I was going to do. She was tickled pink,”take as long as you need.”

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