Jean Alphin

"Short Stories"

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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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” You Never Know ”


Foreman and Mia,have been married for ten years.

They brought a nice house in Bestrewn, Pennsylvania. Both have great jobs,

Mia is a school teacher, teaching first grade. Foreman is a manager at the local bank,in town.

They have no children,…Forman and Mia have tried for years. They both

went to a specialist,to get test after test. But after all the different

testing,the specialist’s couldn’t come up with a reason they couldn’t.

Which made them very unhappy.

Mia and Forie, which Mia called him for his pet name. Decided,they both should have a social night out alone. Him with the guys,and her with the gals.

“Mia,I think by doing this, we’ll both get a break from each other. All we been doing,is getting on each others nerves.”

“Yes Forie, your probably right. With all this drama,for no reason.”

That was a year ago.

Mia,is petite,in her early thirties. Long blonde hair,green eyes, and slender.

Her Forie, is in his late thirties,average height, and weight. Medium brown hair, which is cut short, and squared off in the back.

The next day after work, Mia went to the market,to pick a few things up

that she needed for the week. As she started to get out of her car,to go

into the market. She noticed a friend of the family ,Betty. Who was

walking out of the market with a couple of bags in her cart.

Betty was in her sixties,tall,with short grey hair. She was a close friend of Mia’s late mother.

Mia walked toward Betty. who’s hand was clasped over her mouth.

“Mia!” I haven’t seen you since your mom passed.

What’s that been six years?”

“Wow ,it’s been a long time, Betty”

“I’ve seen Foreman a couple of times, where I work part-time. I’ve seen him with a dark hair woman. They were carrying on, like two teenagers. You and Foreman are separated?”

Mia’s eyes lite up, her face was the color of a ghost. With tears racing down her face.

Betty embraced Mia.

“Oh Mia!” “I am so sorry!”

“I didn’t think, before I opened my big mouth. I feel so bad.”

When Mia finally composed herself. She wiped her face with her hand.

“No we’re not separated,nevertheless,it answers a lot of questions. He has been acting strangely, lately.”

“Furthermore, I’m not going to ask you where you work. I’ll get to the bottom of this, tonight.”

Mia then just turned around,and said goodby to Betty.

Betty stood there,and watched Mia back her car up, and speed away.

On the way home, Mia couldn’t believe, what was happening.

I know he has be moody.I blamed his work, with all his responsibilities.

But I was wrong, he isn’t happy with me.

When Mia pulled into her driveway, Foreman’s truck was already parked out
front, which was strange.

Because he wasn’t expected home, for another two hours.

Mia got out of her car,and slammed the door shut.

She ran in the house to confront her husband of ten years.

He was sitting in his big chair,in the living room. Reading a newspaper.

“Guess who I ran into today, Foreman?

“I don’t give a dam,who you ran into today. I left work early today, because, I’ve been wanting to get something off my chest.”

“Oh you have,how nice!”

“Let me speak!”

Excuse me, dam it!”

“I want a divorce, Mia.”

“Well,well, you want a divorce. By any chance, does it have to do with your dark hair hussy?

“Her name is,Josephine,and she’s not a hussy.”

“I told her,that I wasn’t married. At first, it was just a night out. I fell in love,it just happened.”

“So now you want a divorce from me. Your just tossing me away like trash, after ten years of marriage. cried Mia

“I didn’t plan this, we were slowly pulling away from each other.sighed Foreman.

“Maybe you, Forman.”

“Don’t make it any harder. Josephine told me three weeks ago,that she was carrying our baby.”

Shocked to what Forman just said to her. Mia grabbed a lamp, and threw it at him. Fragments of the lamp, was scattered all over the living room.

“Get out of this house now, you’ll get your dam divorce. Don’t come back, ever.” cried Mia

Foreman snatched his keys off the table, and flew out the door,slamming it.

Mia watched him pull away,and cried herself to sleep.

“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.”

“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.”

“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!”

.

“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.”

“It’s my Life We’re Talking About”


Everybody needs a vacation,thought Brianna Justly.  I have a lot of thinking to do, it depends on the rest of my life.

Dustin Antin is twenty-three years old,with light brown hair that he wears short. He is 5’9″, and a little heavy. He graduated from Warlord high school, in Pucks Pa., a while ago like  his girlfriend Brianna.

Dustin has  had   several different jobs, that he didn’t like, since graduating,so he just quits. He is still living home with is parents,and his younger brother and sister.

“What the heck!”   he muttered. “I have all the time in the world to find a job.”

Brianna and Dustin started going out together about a year ago. Just about the time her mother and father were getting a divorce.

They both have been friends since school and they both have the same likes.   “Well almost”

Brianna wants to make something out of her life,she has been working and trying to save money,to go to night school,to become a nurse.

Five days a week she works at a nursing home,  sometimes six,   trying to save her money to get ahead. Nevertheless, something always comes up with Dustin,and he needs a little help.

He tells her he’ll help her out when he gets a job.

Dustin has always liked Brianna. He likes her long straight blonde hair, blue eyes,and her slender body. Maybe she weighs 90 lbs,thought Dustin, maybe some day I’ll marry her.

That’s what happened,Dustin ask Brianna to marry him. That started the fireworks.

Brianna question him right away.” You don’t even have a job, your living home with your parents and loving it. I love you Dustin, but I can’t live that way.”

“I’ll change Brianna, I love you.”

“Let me think about this,because I’m talking about my life.”

Dustin grew angry, “I’ll give you a week to think about it,and the answer better be yes.”

“We’ll see Dustin,we’ll see.

After Brianna went home,it didn’t take her long to think about it.

If Dustin is threatening me now.  What will happen if  I decide to marry him,and, I do something he doesn’t like.

She muttered to herself,  “I’m glad he brought out his bad side now.”

The next morning  when she awoke, Brianna  told her mother,what happen between her and Dustin. That her decision was to take a long vacation, maybe she wouldn’t be coming back. Her bags were all ready pack,then she loaded her car,and kissed her mother good-by. Her first stop was at her bank,she withdrew all her money,and was on her merry way,to start her new life.

Kaden Matthens


Kaden couldn’t believe that he was finally graduating. He always was a problem in school. He only had a hand-full of  friends,and they always made fun of him. That is the reason why he became the class clown, other wise he kept to himself. He had this dream of finishing school,and just disappearing.  

Kaden was seventeen, 5’5″,slim with dark brown hair,that he wore two inches above his shoulders combed back. When he wasn’t in school,he was a loner.  Kaden  didn’t have a close-knit family….His mother and father were hardly around,his two sister were married. Mostly he was home by himself,on the computer playing games,or watching the television.

Kaden had gotten a job several  months after he graduated.

Maybe a couple of times a week,  he’d  find himself going down to the restaurant around the corner. There is this new waitress,who seems very friendly,and Kaden likes her. Her name is Cindy,she is around his age, pretty and petite,with long blonde hair,and big green eyes.  They both clicked the first time they met. When she wasn’t busy,she would come over and talk to Kaden. Both seemed to have the same family environment.

Cindy’s mother and father worked all the time. Her sister Mary ,who was a couple of years older than her,moved in with her boyfriend. That left her  alone,when she wasn’t in school or working part-time.

After a while Kaden got up the guts to ask Cindy out. Cindy didn’t hesitate,she said yes right away. She was having the same feelings about Baden, as Kaden was having for her.

Sometimes Kaden would take Cindy to the movies,or they would walk to a Wendy’s and get something to eat. They mostly liked to walk to the park  nearby and stay for hours just talking. On one occasion when it was raining so hard,Kaden took Cindy to his house. He knew no one would be home,which he really didn’t care.

They both started making out and one thing lead to another. Afterward,Kaden told Cindy he was so sorry,that it happened. Cindy told Kaden,I wanted to do it as much as you did.

The next day, Kaden talked about his dream,just to disappear someday. Cindy found that exciting,just to be with Kaden. She told Kaden that she would go anywhere  in the world with him.

Not long after that,Kaden and Cindy made plans to disappear together, after she graduated. He would have to wait  several months until Cindy graduated,which was important to her,which he agreed.

The months passed quickly,the day finally  came when Cindy graduated.   Kaden told her he was very proud of her. Lets continue with our plans now.

Cindy said she had something to tell him,she kept it a secret until tonight. “I’m going to have our baby.”

Kaden couldn’t believe his ears,he was so happy.

That doesn’t change anything,I brought the tickets for the train,which is one way. Where ever it takes us. When we both decide which state,it will be our new home,to start our new family.

Off they went to the train station,arm in arm.

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