Jean Alphin

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” One Day ”


In a little town where I grew up, which is called, Turata, in the state of Pennsylvania.

I was taking a walk, as I usually do.

Fall, is my favorite season, so this evening,  the surroundings was like a image on a card.

cat-in-autumn-wallpaper

 

As I was crossing  Printo Street.  I saw this beautiful young lady looking up at  a tree calling out.

“My Baby!”   “Please come down!   “Please Pumpkin, before you fall!

I looked up, and a cute orange and white kitten, was meowing….. louder and  louder.

“How did your kitten get up their?”

“My father hates cats!”   “He chased Pumpkin outside, and  she was scared.”

“Before I knew it, my baby was up in the tree. Could you please try and help me get her down?”

“I don’t know……..I’ll try!” I replied

I approached the tall tree,  looked up,and then looked back at the young  lady.

She was standing back toward the street, so she could see her kitten.

This person, I don’t know her name yet .  Is just beautiful, short and slender,with long light brown hair, pushed back into a pony-tail.  I can’t forget her big, sad brown eyes.

I better, at lease try, to help…….here I go……climbing the tree my foot was slipping a couple of times.

When I finally climbed up far enough to reached for the meowing kitten and pick her up.

Pumpkin went right on down  purring, the whole time I was holding her.

Once I reached the sidewalk, she took the kitten out of my hand,and cuddled and kissed it.

“Thank you,so much!  I don’t even know your name. Mine is Britta, what’s yours ?”

“Nice to meet you Britta!”  “My name is Anson.”

“Nice to meet you Anson.”

“My father and I are new to this neighborhood. We moved from Ohio,after my mother passed away.

My older sister Ann, just moved out of the house, not long after that.

My father Harry didn’t want to  stay in Ohio . ”  “Just to many memories.” he said

“Matter-of-fact, he wanted me to get rid of Pumpkin, before we left.”

“But I couldn’t.”

“My sister Ann, had a beautiful white cat named “Snow Rose”  Who was hit and killed by a truck, not long after Pumpkin was born.”

“So you see, I just couldn’t.”

“Why doesn’t your father like Pumpkin?”

“Like my father said, to many memories.”

“Okay Anson! ” “Enough about me,what about you ?”

“Their isn’t that much to say.”

“Oh come on…don’t be shy Anson. ” she laughed

“Okay Britta,where should I start ?”

“Anywhere, you like.”

“I grew-up in this little town , I have a sister  Nancy, who is three years older than me. She is thirty-two, and married her love, after she finished college. They live in New York, where he is from,and have one child.”

“My father passed away,when I was ten, my mother remarried five years ago,and lives in New Jersey.”

“I married,right after high school, which was stupid.”

“We both went to different colleges, she found someone she loved more than me………… after two years,we were divorced.”

“I’d like to hear more Anson, but I better get Pumpkin home.”

“Here’s my cellphone number,Britta.  If you want someone to talk to, call.”

As she took the small piece of paper, I written on.

She said, ” I will! ”  “Thanks again”

I stood their until she was out of sight.   Wow!  I thought! Hope I see her again’

It seemed like a long walk home.

 

When Britta walked in her house, carrying Pumpkin.  Her father Harry was sitting in his big chair as usual, with his can of beer.

He is six foot,with a big beer belly.bald head, and needed a shave.

“What are you doing with that kitten? Get it the hell out of here now. You can leave with it,it’s your choice.”

“But dad!”

“No buts !”  he yelled, ” Now!”

 

With tears in her eyes, she picked pumpkin up, opened the front door, and slammed the door shut.

“I’ll  fix  this kitty, I”ll go around back and put you in the basement.”

When Britta came back in,she was still crying.

“Your mean dad! ”

“I wish mom was still living.”

“Young lady, as long as, you are under my roof,your going to listen to me.”

“No wonder Ann left,she said you were mean to.”

“You go and call your Aunt Anna,and ask her if you can stay with her.”

In two years, you’ll be eighteen,until then,  I’m the mean father.”

“Now go upstairs and call her.”

Britta flew up the stairs,and picked-up the phone,and started dialing.

The phone was busy, so she waited a few minutes,and called again.

” Hello Aunt Anna.”

“Hello dear, is something wrong?  Because I know your dad, doesn’t want you to call me.”

“I know Aunt Anna….he is still drinking and being mean all the time. He told me to call you and ask you, if I can stay with you.”

“Oh My!”  “Yes Britta you can stay with me.”

“Thanks Aunt Anna, can I bring my kitten Pumpkin ?”

“No, I’m sorry, you can’t,my dear. I’m allergic to cats.”

“Oh gosh what am I going to do? ” “I can’t leave him with dad.”

“Find a friend as soon as you can, tell them your situation. I’m sure someone will come to your rescue.”

“I have a friend that I just met,his name is Anson, he likes cats. Maybe he will take care of her.”

“Alright dear, pack your belonging,and I’ll pick you up tomorrow afternoon. Please don’t bring the cat.”

“Okay Aunt Anna, I’ll call you tomorrow when I’m ready. Thank You! Good bye.”

“Britta was happy to get out of this house. She walked down stairs,to tell her father.

When Britta reach the bottom steps, she knew something was wrong with her dad.

He was slumped over the side of his big chair, Britta checked his pulse,and she couldn’t find it.

She ran upstairs and called 911……the ambulance,and E.M.T.’s came,nevertheless,they couldn’t save her dad.

Britta cried for her mom and the dad that she remembered,before her mom died.

She called her Aunt, and told her about her dad.

“Call your friend dear, and find a home for the cat. I wouldn’t want you to leave the cat in the house by itself.”

“I’ll call Anson,and call you back.”

“I am so sorry for you dear,call me back.”

Britta hung the phone up and cried so hard, she couldn’t believe this is all happening.

When she finally got herself together.

She found Anson’s number and called him.

Britta called me that night,and gave me the bad news.

“I felt so sad for her.”

Furthermore she told me about Pumpkin,and I didn’t need another animal to take care of.

But,Butch my miniature beagle probably would like the company ,while I am working.

After that thought,I told her, I’ll pick Pumpkin up and bring her home with Butch.

Britta was laughing and crying at the same time.

“Thank You So Much..you are a good person.”

After Britta gave me her address,I told her I would be over in an hour.

Britta called her Aunt back,and told her the good news.

Aunt Anna was happy for her.

“I’ll be over soon, pack your things up…I have a surprise for you.”

“I can’t wait Aunt Anna.”

“Great dear,see you than.”

Not long after that ,I arrived at Britta house. When she opened the door with Pumpkin in her arms,and tears in her eyes.

She said, “Please take him,before I change my mind.”

“I gave her a hug after I took Pumpkin out of her arms.”

On the way home, Pumpkin was scared,but I told her,her friend Butch is waiting for her.

 

A couple of days later,Britta called me,and asked how Butch and Pumpkin are getting along.

“Their both  acting  like ,  long lost friends.”

 

“The surprise my Aunt Anna had for me, was my sister Ann. She was already living with our Aunt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.”

Wiber Hibbs


My name is Libby, I’m six years old.  I have long red hair that  I wear in pig-tails,sometimes.

My eyes are green,and I have a few freckles. I don’t like them,but my mom and dad told me they make me look  more beautiful. I think their both kidding me.

I do know they both love me very much.

Today is the last day of school.

I had a great time today,my teacher Miss Krista, said since everyone in the class pass. We will all go to the next grade in September. She had a party for the whole class. The teacher said we were the best class she had, since she started teaching three years ago. Miss Krista gave us all a card that said,I’ll miss you all,who will you miss?

I have to think about this……..well maybe not.   A lot of my classmates were all nice to me,but I won’t actually miss them. I was real nice to them also.

Maybe the boy that sat next to me all year, I will miss.  His name is Wiber Gibbs. He has short black hair and big green eyes. Wiber helped me  out a lot all year,he was my partner in class. He told me some of his secrets, which I can’t tell anyone,I would tell you,but I promised, I wouldn’t tell.

I can tell you one of my secrets. I think  Wiber is the best of the best. I think he likes me too. Maybe one day Wiber and I will get married.

Now that is our little secret,don’t tell Wiber,you might scare him away.

“Ditzy”


It was a nice sunny day in July. The birds were singing in the trees,and you could hear children laughing and having fun. They were at a little park behind their house,where all the children played in the summer. Schools been out for about a month,and they were all just enjoying themselves.

Sara and Jamie were buddies. They have know each other since they were toddlers. The girls could pass for sisters. They both had long black hair, but Jamie had brown eyes,and Sara had green eyes. Both were the same height and lean. The girls were both nine years old,and always played together.

One afternoon,they both went home to eat lunch,they weren’t hungry. They each knew if they didn’t go home to eat,they wouldn’t be allowed back out.  So off they went to Jamie’s house,because everyday they each took turns going to each others  house for lunch.

On this one particular afternoon, on the way home,a little dog that was black and brown with big white spots,ran up to both of them. The dog seemed happy to see them. He was just wagging his tail,like he knew them. Both girls petted him,and said to the dog,we’ll see you later,we have to go home.

The little dog followed them home,and when they came back out to play,he was still there. He was sitting in front of the door,and seen them both coming . He stood up and started wagging his tail. Jamie went back in her house and brought out a piece of meat for the dog. He gobbled it up like he didn’t eat in a while.

This went on for about a week, Sara told her mom that he must not have a home. Sara’s mom  said,” Who ever he belongs to,they seem to have taken care of him. He must be lost.”

“Can I keep him Mom?” said Sara

“I’ll put an ad in the paper,under lost animals. He can stay until his owner picks him up.”

Jamie was happy for Sara. Jamie already had a dog of her own, she name him Scotty.

“Maybe if you keep him, we can take Scotty and the lost dog with us to the park.”

“He isn’t a lost dog, I’ll name him “Ditzy”………… he really is a lost dog,but I hope I can keep him”,said Sara with tears in her eyes.

Weeks went by and no one answered  the ad.  Then  one day the phone rang. The man on the line said,”The dog you described,sounds like my dad’s dog, Mutt. My dad passed away a month ago,and Mutt disappeared. I can’t take him home with me.”

“My daughter Sara, has been taking care of him. She would love to keep him.”

“I’m glad to hear that!” My dad loved that dog,and I would hate to take him to the S.P.C.A.

Well that is settled,I hope your daughter takes good care of Mutt. Good Bye!”

After he hung up, Sara and Ditzy walked  in the door. I told her the good news.

Sara picked up Ditzy and said,”Your staying,your my dog.” Sara gave him a big hug,and he couldn’t stop kissing her face.

Afterwards,she took Ditzy over to Jamie’s house to tell her the good news.

The Sister,That I Thought,I Knew (13)


Dad didn’t say another word,as he was driving.He was to quite,I knew I must be in trouble.We were riding for about a half hour,when he pulled in front of this old cottage, with yellow shutters. Him and I got out,me holding my bag,and looking scared.Come on inside Autumn,you can meet your new family.
When I walked in their was this woman standing there,with bright red short curly hair.She was slender and about 5’5” next to her was a boy about 10 years old,with short red curly hair like the woman next to him.
Dad said,”This is your step-mom Shirley,and your step-brother Steven.They both looked at me like I was trash. Shirley said,”I don’t know where I’ll put you.Maybe on the back porch,you can sleep on the couch,it’s enclosed.”
“Thank you,I said. She showed me to the back porch,and I took my bag with me.This will be your room,for right now. It had a couch and chair in there.One small bureau for my clothes.
When your finished cleaning up,go to the kitchen. I’m sure you will be able to find it. I’ll make you something to eat.”
As I was getting cleaned up, I could hear,Shirley and dad arguing.I could tell by the way she was talking,she didn’t want me here.I heard dad,go out the front door and slam it shut. I was finished cleaning up,so I went to the kitchen. Shirley was sitting at the kitchen table. Come on in Autumn,I’ll make you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. “Thanks,” I said
While I was sitting down at the table eating. Shirley asked me all kinds of questions.She wanted to know if mom put me up to this? I said, “No!” She knows now,because I told my brother Chadwick,where I was going. He tried to talk me out of it. He stopped when he realize I made up my mind.”

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