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“What’s in the box?”

The man pointed a puffy, partially-gloved finger at the box that sat on the aluminum bleacher in front of him.  The scissor-modified gloves – blue and white, team colors – were stained with what could only be innumerable hot dog and Frito pie drippings throughout the season.  The right glove had seen its share of runny noses.  From the look of the guy, Pete imagined the gloves smelled like ketchup, burned tobacco and backside-scratching, and tried not to visibly wrinkle his nose.

Pete also attempted to ignore him.

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The Delivery (the original short story)

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Update, November 23, 2007: I have taken “The Delivery” offline for the second and final time. It has absolutely, irrevocably become intertwined with the novel I’m almost finished writing for NaNoWriMo this year, “The Secret to Escape.” Jack and Pete will never be the same. I couldn’t help but include them and their story (which dropped you right in the middle of their job and left you right after) in the new piece.* I may post excerpts from the story in the future, I’m really not sure. My hope is that one day you’ll read “The Delivery” again in it’s final form after pulling it off the shelf at your favorite bookstore. (And paying for it, of course. They don’t like it when you just wander off with the books.)

*Don’t worry, I’m not including any of the word count from “The Delivery” in my word count for NaNo, and it wasn’t my intention from the beginning to utilize it until I realized that it ran a perfect tangent with what I was writing, and I had always wanted to see it become something bigger.

The Change

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The ChangeDescription: This was an interesting find. I wrote this for a two-hour writing contest back in 2003. I’ve never edited it. This is the first time I’ve read it since I wrote it. Honestly? I’m not completely sure I like it. I know what I think I was going for…I think. It might have come across too preachy. Perhaps I’ll just shut up now and let you be the judge.

Rating: PG (mild language)

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The Bus Ride

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Description: For Phil, today’s usual ride home from work might change his perspective on life forever. As published in “Amarillo Style” magazine, August 2002
Rating:
PG for some mild adult language

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The Bridge

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Description: An old man who is preparing to take his life is unwittingly pulled into a dangerous situation and forced to take action.
Rating: PG for some mild adult language and violence

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An Old Friend

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Description: Jacob searches for a familiar face in the crowd, but what he finds is something he never could have expected. This one is pretty short, weighing in at less than 1,800 words. As published in “Amarillo Style” magazine, November 2001
Rating: PG

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The Best Days

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Description: This was written in an hour and a half for a contest. I’ve not doctored it up yet, but plan to, because I like the story.
Rating: PG

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Circus

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Description: A very short piece, “Circus” was written as an assignment to write about something “scary”. The type of situation portrayed in this little story is horrifying to me, although it might not be what the average reader thinks of when they think of scary. An editor of a magazine asked for the right to publish this piece, but after the tragedy on September 11, 2001, they decided it was too “dark”, and changed their minds. What is your reaction to the story?
Rating: PG

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The Guru on the Wall

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Description: This is a 55 word short story, written as a project for a class. I never knew just how short 55 words could be! I had written several paragraphs, not nearly to the ending, and when I checked, it was 178 words. It had to have a character, some form of character description, a conflict, and a resolution. It was a fun challenge!
Rating: PG

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Design Flaw

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Description:This short story is fully written, and is in it’s third draft. It’s a story about something that’s becoming more and more typical every day – overworked and under appreciated IT (Information Technology) staff. This story highlights one fictional situation that may not have a happy ending. It’s quite long, currently almost 5,500 words.
Rating: PG-13 – violence and language

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