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Shocking Finale

Posted on February 1, 2012 12:15 pm under Short Stories
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Sergio, the lineman, was hard at work one day.

Exactly just what happened? It is difficult to say,

but a sudden jolt of volts electrified his girth.

Detaching from his perch, he flew back down to earth.

Some say it was the landing, some say it was the surge.

No matter what the cause, it was a funeral dirge for Serg.


I couldn’t write about a lineman without thinking of Witchita Lineman. I really liked the pictures that accompany the song.


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A Strange Meeting

Posted on September 8, 2011 10:29 pm under Short Stories
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City life can be exciting. It can also be noisy and tiring. The streets were filled with bumper-to-bumper traffic honking its impatience. The sidewalks were no less crowded. The masses pushed forward in an endless stream and I moved with them, telling myself that I loved my job. I was quite unconvincing. The subway entry was a block ahead and I slowly eased my way to the right.

I saw them, as I reached the edge, tucked into the recess of a storefront and occasionally buffeted by the coats and bags of pedestrians. The oldest, a boy, might have been five. The girls were not more than two or three. Their parents were probably inside the shop. How could they leave these little ones outside? I was Read more »

Lone Wolf – Conclusion

Posted on July 27, 2011 12:46 pm under Short Stories
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If you missed the previous installments, begin here.

Laurie hadn’t gotten the full story, of course. There are some things you don’t tell your children. There are things you don’t tell your spouse.

After my epiphany, I called Jodie’s house and got the answering machine.

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Lone Wolf – Part 3

Posted on July 26, 2011 9:09 pm under Short Stories
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If you missed the previous installments, begin here.

The second agency asked more questions and a temp wasn’t available until the following day. Karen was worth the wait. She answered phones, completed forms and charmed the clients, especially the men. Jodie’s suits seemed far more professional than Karen’s clinging tops and minis, but I hadn’t received any complaints. Karen got the basics done. I wistfully recalled that Jodie had worked with the accountant,
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Lone Wolf – Part 2

Posted on July 24, 2011 4:30 pm under Short Stories
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If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here.

The temp surveyed the reception area.

“This sure doesn’t look like a wolf rescue agency.”

This was not an auspicious beginning. I took a minute to explain that my name was Dan Wolf and my company matched independent consultants with clients who needed their services. Heather was disappointed. When she saw the leather furniture, she was outraged.

“Oh, those poor wolves.”
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