The Right Man For The Job

The ashes from the cigarette flicked off and landed on the tabletop, dissolving into powder clumps upon impact. Judy Shields did not notice as her hand nervously trembled across the counters surface, leaving long grey streaks. She placed the filter between her lips and inhaled another hit. The stranger sitting across from her observed. HeContinue reading “The Right Man For The Job”

The Final Affair

Jake sat at the small wooden desk in the hotel room. The thick woven drapes were closed shut, with only a sliver of sunlight penetrating through. Melancholy filled him. The air felt heavy and cruel, like something that did not want him. He twisted the cap off the last miniature bottle of whiskey from theContinue reading “The Final Affair”

Severance

“Sidney?” Mr. Woodland called out. Sidney Harris sat at his desk, his body reclining back on an old squeaky chair. Turning his head, Woodland stood over him, gesturing him over to his office. He stood and followed. He entered the office, shutting the door behind him, turning the lock on the steel knob. Pictures ofContinue reading “Severance”

Exit 231

Jordan Farmer turned up the dial on the volume. 80’s on 8 played on SiriusXM. His shift was over at the steel mill, and now, he faced the long, stressful drive home. He had been used to it by now. It had been five years and counting, that he’d traveled such long distances. As aContinue reading “Exit 231”

The Ninth Hour

 8:45pm He sat on the floor against the wall, the 9 mm Colt lay next to him, magazine fully loaded, ready to fire. A beaming light broke through the drapes, lighting the dark room’s interior. A voice on a megaphone, in the streets below, ordered him to surrender. The end neared, they would burst through the door and attempt to take him alive. He would not let that happen .Continue reading “The Ninth Hour”

Searching for Emily Rose

I have never been a ladies man, I couldn’t tell you the first thing about being in a relationship. It’s been that way my entire life. I don’t know what it feels like to be loved or cared for by a woman. To hold their hand or run my fingers through their hair. I don’t know what it’s likeContinue reading “Searching for Emily Rose”

The Peculiar Mr. Pitts

The whiskey poured into the glass, swirling back and forth, rising steadily. Norton observed with eagerness, the precious liquid couldn’t pour fast enough. The bartender laid down a fresh napkin, placing the glass on top. “Whiskey straight doll,” She said, smacking her gum from the side of her mouth. “You holler at me if you need anything else, okay?” “Will do.” HeContinue reading “The Peculiar Mr. Pitts”

The Unlikely Three

The 1985 Buick Skylark was parked at the end of the shopping center, a maneuver away from a quick exit down Jefferson Way. Mitch sat in the driver’s seat, picking away at the worn out foam on the steering wheel. He did not remove his eyes off of the Pawnshop in the distance. He ranContinue reading “The Unlikely Three”

Broken Silence

“Momma?” he said to her, softly. “Are you sad? Why are you crying?” She looked upward at him slowly, knowing he wouldn’t understand. “I’m not sad, I’m happy. I’m crying, because I’m happy.” ——————————————————————— He opened his eyes – startled. No matter where his eyes wandered, blackness surrounded him. His sister, a year older, layContinue reading “Broken Silence”