Under the Moon
- by M. Pax
- copyright 2011 M. Pax, all rights reserved
- Read Part 1
Ousted from the orphanage. Happy Birthday, indeed. Dennis Merrill stood in front of the home’s director, asking where to go.
Mr. Hannon held out Dennis’ bag. “Wherever you like, young man. You’re free.”
Free. Dennis tumbled the word around, yet couldn’t figure out what to make of it. He took the worn backpack from Mr. Hannon, which he had found in the park one night in the trash. Never amassing many treasures to keep in it, the rucksack hung limp from Dennis’s shoulder, emphasizing his sad little life. “Good-bye then, sir.”
Mr. Hannon sighed. His plump hand reached into his pants and pulled out a battered wallet. Heavy fingers fished between the folds and held out limp green bills. “To get you on your way. Happy Birthday, Dennis.” His shoulders still slumped until he plucked the blanket off Dennis’s former bunk. “This too.” His wide face brightened noticeably.
Fifty dollars and a blanket to start a new life. Not naïve enough to think it a fortune, with great frugality it might last Dennis a couple of days. Might. “Thanks, sir.”
“Off you go. Keep in touch!”
Dennis had little intention of staying in contact. Neither the orphanage nor the people in it meant much to him other than shelter and food. With that security yanked away, the eviction took whatever fond regard he had. He struggled to cram the blanket into his bag, the zippers too frayed to work. The tattered flannel hung out in an ungainly lump. It would have to do.
Adjusting the pack on his shoulder to accommodate the new burden, Dennis walked resolute toward his bleak future.
Part 3 next Friday!
- by Angela Brown
What harm can come from a kiss?
Caine Fordham knows the danger all too well.
As the Kill Circuit’s top lady-killer, business is good. Yet Caine knows the life of an assassin isn’t meant to last forever, just as love is impossible for him. Who could love a man with poison lacing his veins and a kiss that kills?
When Caine decides to take one last job, deal out one last kiss, he discovers there’s more to life than death, and more to love than pain.
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No star gazing this weekend. I’ve rented a booth with several other local writers to sell books at the Redmond Street Fair this Saturday and Sunday. Hope I sell some.
Happy Birthday to Mom this week, and my niece, Melissa! And a Happy Anniversary to the PCU’s [parental control units]
Backworlds #4 is at about the halfway mark. Yay!
I was able to turn the A/C off. Yay!
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