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“Cora”


It is time to move on. Cora is moving in with her boyfriend Russ.

He has been trying, for months, to get her to move in with him.

Cora,finally told him,that,by the end of next month she will.

They have been going together since, the second year of college.

It was a nice three years,having Cora, as a room-mate.

We both have been friends,since middle school.

Cora and I,are both from Citrus City, Pennsylvania. Furthermore, we’re recent graduates,from N.C. College.

Early Saturday morning, when I woke up. The sun was shining in my window.

Birds were perched in the trees singing.

They must be happy with the humidity….. went through my mind.

The bedroom next to mine was quite, Cora must still be sleeping.

“She must of came home late, from her date.” I thought

I didn’t hear Cora, until after I got dressed and went down, into the kitchen.

She was sitting on one of the green and white chairs, with her head down on the kitchen table, sobbing.

Cora was still wearing her tan slacks,with a short sleeve,pink blouse,and her favorite dark brown sandals.

“What on earth, are you crying about?” I shouted

Cora raised her head off of the table. The whites of her brown eyes,were red,as beets. Her short brown hair,was a mess. So was her clothes, kinda wrinkled…..like she slept in her clothes all night.

“Just leave me alone Sara! I’m not perfect,like you!”

“What is that suppose to mean ? I never think of myself,as perfect.”

You,with your perfect blonde hair,always in place,and your slim body.

” You have guys chasing after you all the time. You, Sara! she mumbled, with a sniffle ……don’t have to worry about a date.” ” Never! ”

“I thought you and Russ, were in love ?”

“So did I!”

“Until yesterday after work. We were suppose to go out to dinner.

I left early, to surprise him. I got in my car,and drove to his apartment,thinking, he was still in bed. After working last night.

I was going to knock on his door, but I remembered he gave me a key,in case, he lost his.

Which he does, quite often.”

Then Cora started sobbing again.

“So what happened, that was so bad?” I asked

“Let me compose myself first. Can’t you see it hurts? You could care less….you just want to hear a story.’ Cora sobbed

“You have a nerve!” I yelled

“I’m not the one crying, like a nut, you are.”

She raised her arms above her head,with her hands in a fists.

“Okay! Okay!” screamed Cora

“I found the key in my change purse. Then left my self in.

Once I closed the door, I heard a laughter coming from the bedroom.

I opened the door slowly, to my shock,Russ,was standing in the middle of the bedroom, getting dressed.

Some blonde bitch,with her short hair,every which way.

Was sitting on the side of the bed,just with her bra on,putting on her panties. She looked over at me like she seen a ghost.

Russ stopped in his tracks when he seen me.

“I screamed! Russ,how can you do this to ?”

“I was so upset, I ran out to my car,and just drove, all night long.”

“How awful Cora!”

“I don’t want to ever speak to him again. That no-good….. son-of-a bitch.”

“I can’t believe, I almost moved in with him.”

“He almost had me, lucky for me, he showed his true self before I made that mistake.”

“Yes you are fortunate.”

“I’m going to take a shower and lay down.”said Cora

‘Fine with me, we can go somewhere later.”

A couple of hours later, Cora came back down to the living room, where I was relaxing.

“I’m not tired now. Let’s do something today, because I’m not shedding another

“Today is a great afternoon, to take a ride down the shore.”

“Since you probably won’t be moving out. I have some extra cash,to share.”

” What do you think Cora ?”

” We have our beach bags still in the trunk, of your car.” replied Cora laughing

“Yes we do!” “How perfect is that? I laughed

“Don’t get me started,Sara

” 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!”

“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!”

.

“Home”


Neal Finus was in a nursing home in Pennsylvania. He had plenty of time to think. he was in his late seventies,short and stocky.He use to have a mop of hair,which was dark brown …… But now he is almost bald.

There isn’t a day that goes by,that he doesn’t think of his wife Ruby. They were married for forty-eight years,and had three children together.  Neal Jr, Nina, and Terri.     Neal Jr, was killed in the service, twenty-five years ago.  Nina travels around the world,with her husband. Her husband’s  job takes him all over the world. She keeps in touch sometime.

Terri and her three children,which are grown now. Lived with Neal and Rudy after she was divorce from her husband.

When Ruby died suddenly , about five years ago. Terri stayed and took care of her father.

Until Terri got tired of taking care of her father.  She suggested  for him to sell his house, and they would move into an apartment. Neal wouldn’t have anything to do with it,because he was staying put.

Terri threaten to leave him by himself. Because she had her own life to live.

The arguing went on for quite a while. Terri didn’t leave,  because she had no place to go.  The money she was getting from working four days a week at the corner store. Wasn’t sufficient to go out on her own.

One day as they were arguing, Neal had a hard-attack. It was pretty bad. He was in the hospital for about a month. He couldn’t go home until someone was their to take care of him.

Neal told his doctor about the crazy arguing with his live-in daughter,about selling his house.

 

Terri called her sister, and told her about their father. Nina said her and her husband are in Alaska.

She didn’t think she could come home any time some.

“Just do what you think is best!” sighed  Nina

Since then Neal was sent to a near-by nursing home.

Terri would come in and take her father in his wheel chair,out in the garden.  Both still fussing over about selling his house.

Neal told her,he refuses to sell the  house.

The visits got less and less with Terri.  Nina and Terri would call him….. ask if he needed anything.

His answer is  always,”I just want to go back home.”

From day to day,Neal sits in his wheelchair,and thinks about the good times…they all had.

“He thought,   “If Rudy was still here,she would take care of me in our house.”

The Sister,That I Thought,I Knew (60)


I sat down and proceeded to read the rest of the letter after dinner,it continued like this :

After we moved into our apartment,we both had our ups and downs. I had to be the strong one for both of us.
I’m proud to say,we both have been clean,for almost three years. Ryan and I are going to get married soon. If it wasn’t for him,who knows where,I might be.

How is Tamara doing? I bet she has grown into a beautiful woman. I know she must hate me,for not being there while she was growing up. I can’t thank you and Ben enough,for taking care of her. Who knows how she might of grown up,if she stayed with me. I don’t even want to think of the outcome.

How is Mom,and our two brothers? They all probably hate me to,for what I have done,all these years. There is nothing,I can do about it. Just try to keep myself and Ryan straight.

If you want to, write me, when you get a chance.

Love,

Autumn

Before I put the letter on my desk,I asked,Ben if he wanted me to read the letter to him.

“No Faith” “I just want to know if she knows she still has a daughter?”

“Yes Ben,she does!
Autumn thinks that everyone hates her.”

“I wouldn’t blame them if they all did,especially Tamara.”

“I’m surprised at you Ben,you don’t have it in you to hate anyone.”

“Your right Faith! Autumn just pisses me off. I feel for Tamara,her mother wasn’t around when she was growing up. When she needed her the most,we did the best we could,but we’re not her mother.”

“I know Ben,I feel the same way. Tamara,grew-up to be a beautiful and intelligent woman. I can’t believe she is married either.”
“We both have to admit it,we did a great job raising her,like our own. We tried having our own children,but it never happened. I guess it was meant to be.”

“Ben,how about if I make us some hot chocolate,and watch,a little television?”

“Okay Faith!” I don’t know how long I’ll be up,because,I’m tired.”

“I’m tired also,I thought we could unwind a little,before we did.”

“Sounds good to me,Faith.”

The Sister,That I Thought,I Knew (59)


Everything was going well,for everybody. One day,when I came home from work. I gathered my mail out of the mail box. Just a few bills,and a lot of advertisement,I thought. Stuck to an envelope,from the electric company. Their was an envelope,with a return address”9764 Linen Avenue,Liken, North Caroline. It was address to me,and I couldn’t imagine who it was from. But deep in my heart,I was hoping it was from Autumn.
I hurried to unlock my front door. Once I got in the door,I threw the rest of the mail,on the kitchen table. I sat down,and carefully opened the envelope. There was a letter in their. It read:

Dear Faith,

I guess you can’t believe,that I finally wrote to you. I guess you already heard,that I left the detox center,in the middle of the night. I’m sorry if I unset you and the rest of the family. But I had to do things my way,to end,my habit.
While I was in the center,I met a man,who’s name is Ryan Hibbson. He is a couple of years older than me. Ryan came from a dysfunctional family. He said,he had the same habit I did,drugs.
We both had the same classes,I grew to know him well. Like magic,we both fell in love,with each other.

One day we got this idea,to leave the center. We agreed, that if we both stuck together,then we could kick the habit together,if we really tried. Ryan and I had this crazy idea,to leave the center in the middle of the night. Just leave our personal things behind,and start a new life together. Which we both thought was so romantic. So we made our escape,a week later.
Ryan said,we could go over to his brother Bruce’s house. Because he wanted him to straighten himself out long time ago. So that is where we ended up. His brother and wife was glad to see him.They asked him all kinds of questions,and he told them,where he’s been.
To try to straighten himself out. Also that he brought his love of his life with him.
We both stayed with them,for about three months. We both got jobs in a Nursing Home. Ryan was hired for a cook.I was hired for an aide. We both saved our money for an apartment, while we were at his brothers.
After Ryan and I had enough money for an apartment,we moved out. Bruce and his wife,treated us real nice,we hated to leave. But we had to move on and test ourselves,alone.

I looked at the clock,and it was almost 5:00. I put the letter down,so I could make dinner for Ben and I. I’ll go back to reading Autumn’s letter,after dinner.

When Ben came home,I didn’t wait until he shut the front door.

I said,”Ben,you’ll never guess,who sent me a letter?”

“Your going to tell me,Autumn?”

“Yes” I said,with tears in my eyes.

“Did she say anything about Tamara?”

“No,not yet,it’s a long letter,I haven’t read it all yet.”

“Don’t you think a mother would asked first?”

“Your right Ben,you would think so. But she hasn’t so far,just about her and her boyfriend Ryan. Lets sit down and eat. Then I can read the rest.”

“Family Waves” (20)


(Good News)

Things were looking up for me.

When Henry ,came home from work Friday. He said ,”at dinner Sunday, Hope and I have an announcement to make
“.Charlie and I said can’t you tell us now? “
No!” he said, ”with a big smile on his face. I want Hope to be here. We both decided to announce the good news before dinner Sunday”. Henry’s father and I said “Come on Sunday” with a laugh.

Sunday came around fast. Before dinner ,Henry and Hope ,announced that they were going to get married next month. Because Henry had a job offer in a renowned hospital in California.
He accepted the job, and Mr. Whitto, who is in charge of Henry’s department said he would wait for us to get settled in our new place.
We are going to have a small wedding with just a few family members.
We plan to be married and settled in our own apartment by the first of the year.
Charlie and I congratulated them both, and we all sat down to eat, and continued to talk about the good news.
The wedding was planned for November tenth, just two weeks before Thanksgiving. After the wedding, they both planned on moving in with us, until they left for California. Which was okay with us both.

Little Girl


When I was a little girl,I wanted to become a teacher. But by the time I was a teenager, I changed my mind.. I thought I’d like to become a hairdresser. So in 12th grade,I started training to become a  hairdresser. A couple of months later I
met this fellow I liked,so I stopped going to hairdressing school,to be with him .I graduated from High School and about a year later we got married.We rented a apartment,so we needed furniture . That is when my husband Charlie and I started going to the auctions. We both liked the idea of buying and selling things. With that in mind,we had to come up with a plan,because we were both working at different jobs. So we decided to quit our jobs and start a business ourselves.

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