Jean Alphin

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“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.”

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“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.”

“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.”

Siblings


I had 7 siblings, my oldest sister,Ruthann died from ovarian cancer in 2007.So I have 2  sisters left,1 lives in Warminister,the other in Colorado Springs. I talk to Rosie on the phone about once a month,because she is so busy working for her sons in media. My sister Mary Ann ,who lives in Colorado Springs we seem to only talk around the holidays. I suppose she is to busy with her grandchildren. I have 4 brothers,I see them, maybe 2 or 3 times a year. We use to be a close family,when we were growing-up. But now that we are older with our own families,we just don’t have time to get together. Maybe some day we can become close again.

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