Turns, Chapter 11

I guess he’s gone. Left a few days ago for God knows where. Checked down at the garage, they haven’t seen him. Went ’round to the bars we used to go to, no-one’s seen him there either, Jesse paused and took a drag from her cigarette. It was cool for the few months that he […]

Turns, Chapter 10

It was her second day of staying in bed; naked with a blanket covering her. There were no sheets on the mattress, nor a pillow case, just an old blanket that had been handed down; made by her mother just before she died. Jesse clinged to it tightly. Didn’t want to let go. It was […]

Turns, Chapter 9

Sometimes life is overwhelming; dishes piled high in the sink, empty medicine bottles on the nightstand, trash not taken out, bed never made, and spare change, dimes, nickels, quarters laying on the floors throughout the house, behind sofas, under beds, everywhere, loose change. She wanted to clean it up. She wanted things to be in […]

Turns, Chapter 8

Cool Spring mornings and all is turning green. Jesse’s father used to start tilling up the back yard this time of year. He’d start planting seeds when the morning frost would disappear. Jesse used to walk behind him as the part-time farmer would drop the yellowish seeds into the ground and then covered with earth […]

Turns, Chapter 7

He sat at the kitchen table with a beer in one hand and his cellphone in the other. Black oil streaks were wiped on his shirt and pants. Mike checked down the hall to make sure Jesse was asleep. He could hear her snoring away as he opened the door and then closed it back […]

Turns, Chapter 6

The Autumn breeze stirred ’round her neck as she walked through the woods. The moon shined brightly as cicadas, owls, and whippoorwills sang into the evening. Jesse followed their rhythms. It was as if they were a jazz trio playing in an outdoor venue; bottles of red and white wines placed in picnic baskets along […]

Turns, Chapter 5

It was late when he got home. She was in the front room with the curtains open; staring out at Highway 31. Watching Peterbilts, Kenworths, cowboys, and cars driving east and west under dark skies with a sliver of the moon shining a yellow color. You want some coffee, Jesse was asked. I gotta full […]

Turns, Chapter 4

Thunder rolled in the dark clouds and streaks of lightening could be seen for miles. The rain that was promised hadn’t come yet. Jesse sat out on the back porch waiting to be cleansed. It’d been awhile since a good storm had hit town. The farmers in the region complained of drought. Tomato plants had […]

Turns, Chapter 3

There’s a path that leads from her back door into the woods. Tall trees like skyscrapers mark the trail. In the Fall men go hunting in this forest. Deer, squirrel, rabbit, run amongst the pines, oaks, and maples. And at night it’s been said that old lovers from generations back chase each other and land […]

Turns, Chapter 2

There’s that weird part of the evening where you can see both the sun and the moon as you look into the sky. Jesse was looking at em from the back porch. She had a cigarette in one hand and a vodka tonic in the other. She sipped through a straw. It’d be hours ‘fore […]