Jean Alphin

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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

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The Sister,That I Thought,I Knew (63)


It’s getting near the end of March,it definitely feels like spring in the air. I’m so glad that the winter is over, with the daylight savings time in effect, Easter has just passed us. I know,I feel a lot better,and more time to do things that I want to do.

Like I’m going to take a walk in the park,and then sit on the bench,and watch the children play.

There is a small playground here, where I used to take Tamara a lot. I would sit on the bench,and talk to other parents,that were there with there children. We all had such a good time,and enjoyed each others company.

But now the children are all grown-up, sometime, I see a few of the same parents here. We chat about what is going on with our lives.

On the way home from the park,their was a little boy around four, standing on the side-walk,with tears in his eyes.

“What’s a matter honey,why are you crying?”

The little boy said,”My ball rolled down the street again,and my mother said,if it happened again. She would make me come in the house,and I don’t want to.”

“What is your name,and where do you live?”

“My name is Charlie”, and he pointed to the house behind him.

“Okay Charlie, where is your ball,I don’t see it?”

“It’s across the street,in front of that truck.”

So I walked over their,and picked up the ball,and handed it back to him. He was smiling ear-to-ear.

“Thanks lady!”

As I was leaving,a lady standing at the front door of Charlies house. Opened it and hollered,Thank You.”

I felt good,because I did a good deed today.

When I got home,I went in the back yard. I noticed, my hyacinths and roses were blooming,they both have a great smell.
After roaming in the yard,I looked at my watch,and said to myself. I better go inside and take a shower,and get dressed. Because when Ben comes home from work today. He’s taking me out to dinner,and then to see a movie. We are celebrating our thirty-fifth anniversary. I can’t believe that it has been that long. We have been fortunate,to have been married that long. Of course we have,had our ups and downs,and our blessings.

Ben walked in the door, with something he was holding behind him. He gave me a big hug and kiss.

He said,”Happy Anniversary Honey,” you still look as beautiful,as the day I married you.”

“Thanks Ben!

He then took a bouquet of roses,from behind him,and handed them to me.

“This is for the love of my life!

We both kissed for a long time, while the heat from both of our bodies yearn for more.

Ben pulled away and said,”I’m not going to ruin this night. I’m going to go upstairs and take a shower,and get dress. Then I going to take my gal out on the town.”

Before he walks up the stairs,he smack’s me on my butt.

Ben smiles,with that naughty look, and says,”I’m going upstairs,you better not go anywhere.”

The Sister,That I Thought,I Knew (55)


When I got home,I was happy to be there. I would call Ben, but I don’t want to bother him at work. I’ll just wait until he comes home tonight.
Instead,I called Mom,she answered it on the first ring.

“What were you waiting for Mom a call? Your phone only rang once.”

“I was just talking to Maxwell,he said,he can’t wait to bring Mary Ann home.So that everyone can meet her.”
“That was nice Mom. The reason I’m calling is,if you want to go Christmas shopping let me know. I just came from the mall,and when I got out into the parking lot. Some young guy,snatched my purse. The police came,and I gave him my report. The security guard,went in back of the mall,and found my purse. My money was missing,and the police said,I’m lucky it wasn’t my life.”
“He’s right Faith!” “Did you have anything else important in your purse?”

“No” “That’s why I don’t use a wallet,because of something happening like this.”

“What did Ben say?”

“Mom, I didn’t tell him yet,I’ll wait until he comes home from work.”

“Okay Faith!” I’ll let you know if I want to go shopping, talk to you later.”

I hung the phone up,and looked at the clock. I thought I better start dinner. Ben will be home in about an hour.

When dinner was almost done,Ben walked in the door

“Hi Faith! I can smell your meatloaf, I’m starving. Really busy today,I didn’t even get a chance to eat lunch.”

Ben grabbed two plates,from the cupboard. “He said,”I better wash my hands,then I’ll take the meat loaf,out of the oven,if it’s done.”
“It’s finished,I shut the oven off,just before you walked in. You do that,and I’ll finish mashing the potatoes.”

When we both sat down to eat,I told Ben what happened at the mall.

“You were lucky Faith,the money can be replaced, your life is more important. Do want you want,but this time of the year. You should have someone with you,when you go shopping.”

“I called mom and told her what happened. I also told her,if she wants to go Christmas shopping,let me know.”

“That was very smart to say. She shouldn’t be out shopping by herself either ,with those bums out their.”

“I was in the Christmas spirit when I was shopping in the mall. Until that idiot,stole my handbag. But I’m not going to let him ruin my holiday. Tomorrow,I’m going down in the basement,and dig out all my decorations. Maybe,I’ll even play some Christmas music.”

“That’s a great attitude,but just think of me,while I’m working hard.” Said Ben, laughing

“Talking about working Ben,I’m going to see what’s going on at my old job. If their not going to open soon,after the holiday’s. I’m going to look for another job. They must be having money problems,because they have, been shut down for a while.”
“You might be right Faith,things aren’t that great out there.”

The Sister,That I Thought,I Knew (53)


The next morning,when I got up and made Ben breakfast,we were both still tired.

Ben said,”I enjoyed myself yesterday,with your mother. But I’m going to pay for it today.”

“You’ll be okay, once you wake-up, and eat something.”

“I know honey, I’ll probably feel better after I finish drinking this cup of coffee.

After Ben left for work,I cleaned the kitchen.Then I sat down on my kitchen chair,and looked out my window. The leaves on the trees were blowing,and the wind was howling.
I want to go and do a little shopping today. Because it is, “Black Friday”. Maybe later this afternoon, after I do a little straightening up.(I thought)

The phone rang,I picked it up,the voice on the other line said.

“Hi Sis!”

“Hello Chadwick, this is a surprise.”

“I just called mom,and asked her how everything turned out yesterday. She told me,you and Ben were their. That you all ate and watched some t.v., and had a good time.
I told her,after we left Tracy’s parents house. It was to late,to stop over.So I told her,that is why,I called her today.”

“That was nice of you brother.”

“You don’t seem to be to happy about,what I just said.”growled Chadwick

“Not at all!” I thought you would at least give her a call yesterday.Were your fingers broken?”

“Real funny Faith!” “I told you, I’d called her today.”

“Mom knew,you wouldn’t show-up. But she kept looking at the phone,while Ben and I were there. You know, you, are her favorite?”

“I don’t feel like arguing,you know I have a family now.”grumbled Chadwick

“Good By Chadwick,I’ll talk to you later, when I cool down.”

“Good By Faith!”

When Ben came home from work,I could tell he was tired.

“What a day,I am so glad to be out of that place today.”says Ben

“I bet you are Ben! After yesterday,I think eating more than usual,which we both did. Just makes you more tired. I was going to the mall today,to do a little shopping. But after talking to Chadwick this morning,I didn’t feel like going anywhere. I just did a few things around the house,and then took a nap.”

“Weren’t you lucky?” “How’s Chadwick?”

“He’s okay! We both had a disagreement about yesterday. I thought,he should of least called Mom. If you noticed Mom yesterday,she kept looking at the phone.”

“Now that you mention it, she did. Because I did see her look a couple of times.”

While we were talking,I put our dinner on the table. I made spaghetti and meatballs,one of Ben’s favorites. We sat down,and continued talking about yesterday’s event.

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