Jean Alphin

"Short Stories"

“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.”

“What a Surprise!”


Several hours have pass, and no word from Nick. Something must be going on, or else he is really mad.

It was unusual to Tammy, whenever she was going for very long, he would call at least three times.   She couldn’t figure out why, last night, he didn’t call her, while she was sitting in the park….planning this escape.

Tammy looked at her gas gauge,as she was driving to her hometown.

“Oh Shit!” “I’m about to run out of gas.”” “Shit!” “Just my luck!”

“Oh Great!”  “I really plan this right, almost ready to run out of gas, with little money.  she sigh out loud.

I’m near mom’s house, which I didn’t plan on stopping by.   I don’t feel like listening to her. “I told you so!”

Instead,she pulled into the nearest gas station, took the last seven dollars out of her purse.  Got out of her car,and paid the man, put the gas in her empty tank.

Afterward, she knew what she had to do.

Tammy drove in town not far from where she was born. The town was called Minx, in PA. She didn’t think she would be back so soon.

On the corner was Minx Deli,where she worked at, right after she graduated from high school.  She was their until she started dating Nick.  He talked her into leaving their, and moving in with him.

When Tammy walked into the deli, Judy, her friend from back in school,was behind the counter.

“What’s up Tammy!”

“I came in to see Ms. Minx.. I need a job today!”

“She’s in the back, just knock at her door.”

“Thanks Judy!”

Tammy went into the back,and knocked on her door.

“Come on in Tammy.” “Shut the door behind you.”

“You don’t have to say a word Tammy,I heard you tell Judy you need a job. I wouldn’t hire you again,if I didn’t need help. I’m going to give you a second chance.”

“Thank you,thank you, Ms. Minx.”

“This is your lucky day. Don’t even think of walking out again. If you do,you better not step your foot in my Deli again. Now go out their with Judy, and help her.”

As Tammy walked back out in the Deli,she said to Judy, I’m your new co-worker.”

“Great!” “Because I need the help. I’m tired of yelling for Ms. Minx to come out and help me.”

“I have to find a place to stay. I don’t want to go back to my mom’s house. She hasn’t talked to me,since I moved in with my boyfriend.”

“You can sleep on my couch, until you get your own place.”

After Judy and Tammy closed up the Deli. Tammy got in her vehicle and followed Judy to her condo. When they both arrived at their destination. Judy showed Tammy around her condo.
While Tammy was unpacking some of her things. Judy told Tammy she would be back in a couple of hours.

“Make yourself at home, I’m going over to my boyfriend’s house for a while. He called me this afternoon, asked me to come over. He said his room-mate moved out.”

I’ll be fine Judy, go and enjoy yourself.”

As Tammy was going through her things,she couldn’t fine her good watch,that her late grandmother gave her. She didn’t have the nerve to call Nick. At the same time, she knew if she wanted it back,she would have to.

“I’ll just wait until I get enough nerve up.” sigh Tammy

Two months later, she started looking for an apartment. There were days, that Judy didn’t come to work, and nights, she didn’t come home.

One day,Judy came home and asked Tammy,if she wanted to take the condo over.

“I’m moving out of here, and moving in with my boyfriend.”

“Tammy answered, “I can stop looking for a place. Their wasn’t any that I really liked.”

A week later Judy moved out. Before she said good-by to Tammy. She stopped in her tracks.

“I almost forgot,I have something for you. Let me go out in my car and get it for you.”

When Judy came back in,she handed her a little box.

Tammy opened it,and her eyes lit up.

“How did you get my watch!”

“My boyfriend gave it to me last night for you. He said to tell you hi!”

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“Life is Too Short”


Tammy sat on a bench, at a park , that was  nearby to her little apartment . Which she shared with her boyfriend Nick.

This seems  to have become a habit, for the last three weeks. Tammy would just sit there for hours, with tears in her eyes, and just think.

“Nick and I get into a argument about stupid little things.  We must watch,what he wants on television.  He doesn’t like the way I do things,he can always do something better than myself. When he attempts doing anything,and it doesn’t turn out right…..,it’s my fault, always, never his.”

“I’m just sick of getting stressed-out,  about little things….life is too short!”  she thought to herself

“Nevertheless, here I am again”.

“Sitting in the park,crying my eyes out. Nobody deserves a life like this.”

“I should of seen it coming!” cried Tammy

“When Nick and I first met,about a year ago. Things were very nice. We both fell in love, and he treated me like a queen.”

“I was blind to his……… all about him scenes.”

We moved in together, after six months of dating. (Big Mistake!)

She thought he would change, she said,”That never happened.”

As Tammy was watching the children,having fun  playing in the park.  She thought,”I deserve to be happy too.”

“I can’t go on like this everyday.”   mumbled Tammy

“Tomorrow morning when Nick goes to work,I’ll pack my things,and leave before he comes home.”

Tammy stood-up,her thoughts were lifted,after thinking of this plan.  She walked home in better spirits.

When she arrived back at the apartment,Nick was waiting for her at the door.

“Where the hell have you been?” “I’ve been waiting for you, I  was  starving!”  “It’s all your fault that I almost burned my hamburger up.”

“You are good for nothing ,get out of my way. I’m going to bed..I need my sleep,for work tomorrow. You don’t know what work is.”

After Nick went upstairs,Tammy started to cry…but she thought about her plan tomorrow morning,and calmed herself down.

The next morning when she woke-up….. Nick was already up.

He was in the bathroom yelling,    “Tammy get the hell up.”

“Why didn’t you throw out that hamburg in the refrigerator?”  “I’ve been on this toilet all night,and can’t get off.” Call my work and tell them , I won’t be in today.”      “Now!”

He didn’t have to tell her twice. Tammy said, ” she hurried to get dressed,  grabbed most of her important belongings.  Slammed the door behind her,and never looked back,as she drove away.

 

“Shelly and Sherman” (1)


"Jeannies Short Stories"

Shelly and Sherman

My birthday is coming up soon,and I hope,my wish comes true this time. I just want to have my brother with me. I didn’t ask,to be separated from my brother Sherman.
My mother and father,died last year in a plane crash. My only family that is left,is my brother.
Right after,our parents died,Sherman and I were put with a foster carer. Until, someone would adopt us. My foster carer,didn’t want to take care of two children at one time. That is the reason Sherman and I were separated.
My foster carers,Helen and Tom Flunet, decided to take only me,because I was a girl. I was their first placement. They already had a daughter of their own. Mindy,who was seven years old. She has long curly blond hair,with big blue eyes. Mindy and I got along well,from the beginning. I told her about my twin brother Sherman.
My brother is six…

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“Different Ways”


Clyde and Marianne was, high school sweethearts, at Strum high school, in Strum,PA.  They were always seen holding hands wherever they went. All  their friends  were envious,of their relationship.

They made a nice couple, both were of an average height,with brown hair,and green eyes,and slim.

Until Marianne decided she wanted out.

Clyde wanted to get married and start a family right after they graduated from high school.

Marianne didn’t want to be tied down, so soon.  She loved Clyde,but wanted to wait .

“I told you, I want to attend Beautician school.  There is plenty of time to get married.  You’ll be going off to college anyway.” said Marianne

Her girlfriends were out there playing the field,and were happy.She wanted to do the same,instead of being tied-down.

Marianne felt left out,so she called it quits,right after Clyde talked about getting married.

Clyde was angry at Marianne,he wanted to start a new life,with the person of his dreams.

She wouldn’t have anything to do with making  Clyde ‘s  dream come true,not now.

He really thought she wanted the same, with all the long talks they shared.

Clyde spent the summer all alone,but missing Marianne. He didn’t see or hear from her,since they left high school. It hurts him to hear different rumors,about Marianne. She is blaming him for their break-up. But at the same time,she is having the time of her life.

When the fall came,before he left for college. Clyde stopped over at Marianne house..to see her…and tell her, they could still be friends.
Before he knocked on the front door,he heard Marianne laughing. Clyde went to the side of the house,and looked in the window. Marianne was sitting on the couch….the same one they use to sit on together.
Sitting on the couch next to my friend Paul,who told me she was having the time of her life.

Clyde turned around with his head down,and walked slowly back home.

The next morning,he left for college in Ohio. That was almost two and a half years ago.

Since then,he has met another……her name is Brenda. They both plan to get married in three years.

As far as Marianne goes…Clyde has heard from back home,that she has a little boy,but the father left right after the boy was born.

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