Angels And Demons

“Alright kids,” their grandfather said. “Gather ‘round. Time for a bedtime story.” The children came running and plopped themselves down at the old man’s feet. Grandpa’s stories were the best. “Not too long now,” their mom said. “It’s getting late.” “Aww mom,” the kids cried. Grandpa smiled at them and winked. They all smiled back.…

The Tarot Card Mystery part Three

Here you are folks, part three! Dull pain from his right shoulder to his hips caused Sam to wake and with his eyes still closed he sensed light coming through the office window. When the Jamaican girl shifted beneath his left arm he realized why he was in pain. Two people sleeping on a cot…

The Tarot Card Mystery episode Two

Sam drove to the harbor. There were a few ships docked there and plenty of dark warehouses with alleys between them. He left his car in an unlit area and walked toward the docks. He wore his Kevlar vest under his shirt and had changed into rubber soled shoes which wouldn’t make any noise on…

The Case Of The Missing Pipe part Five

Okay folks, this is the last episode of “The Case Of The Missing Pipe.” This was first published last year on the “Pipesmagazine” website. Enjoy! The Case Of The Missing Pipe Part Five “Hey Cap’n, we got a live one here!” Police captain James Richards had responded to a ‘shots fired’ call at the Gialone…

The Case Of The Missing Pipe part Four

Here is part four of my continuing story, The Case Of The Missing Pipe. First published on pipesmagazine.com Once inside the house, Sam told Mary not to turn on the lights. He produced a flashlight from inside his coat. Along with this he carried his revolver in the shoulder holster and his 45 in a…

The Case Of The Missing Pipe part Three

Parts One and Two are available in earlier posts. If you haven’t read this yet, check them out! The Case Of The Missing Pipe, part Three “My husband knew he was going to die,” recalled Mary Gialone. “He knew.” Mary and Sam Barton were sitting in Sam’s friend Scarlet’s living room. For reasons as varied…

The Old Man

The old man sat in his wheelchair in front of the big window, watching the clouds gather, turning darker. A young aide nearby said, “Well Mr. Arneson, it looks like it’s going to rain.” “Arne” Arneson was known as the grumpiest guy in the nursing home. He turned his head painfully toward the young man…

The Case Of The Missing Pipe Part Two

For anyone who likes old detective stories or the old radio programs, here’s a story in that vein. The case of The Missing Pipe, part Two Street lights illuminated the wet pavement, empty sidewalks and dark windows. At this late hour only the rare car disturbed the quiet. In a few more hours the city…

The Case Of The Missing Pipe part One

Last year I wrote a monthly article for an on line pipe smokers magazine called appropriately, Pipes Magazine.com. The articles I wrote were about pipes, tobacco and smoking. Then I pitched an idea for a series about a pipe smoking private eye. He would be an old fashioned detective in the modern world. They liked…

Brave

A few weeks ago my oldest granddaughter Brenna, suggested that I write a story involving her and her sister and brothers. I thought it was a good idea and I’ve tried to weave their personalities into the story. Here go’s…… Kelsey had a surprise for the kids and asked them to play outside for awhile.…

Life After Death Episode 6

Sean realized that before he could go about setting up a solar array for power, he would have to do something about his food situation. Since he had the tanker full of diesel fuel he figured he could find a reefer truck, fill it with food and keep it running in the yard. That would…

Life After Death Episode 5

Sean walked out to the woods behind the house to get Quinn for supper. His boy had a fort in the trees that he played in some times. He usually just called for him, but this time he wanted to be out there. Knocking on the door, Sean called out, “Quinn, it’s time for supper,…

Life After Death Episode 4

Just before he reached the turnoff, Sean saw a man standing in the middle of the highway. The guy was waving his arms over his head, obviously hoping the truck would stop. He slowed down and just gaped at the guy. After not seeing a real live human being for a couple weeks it took…

Life After Death Episode 3

He slept late the next morning. Angus nudged his hand, which was hanging over the edge of the bed. Opening one eye he looked at her. “What do you want?” he asked. She gave a small woof and looked toward the bedroom door. He got up slowly and walked through the house. It stunk like…

Life After Death Episode 2

He spent a long time that day, sitting by the graves. He just didn’t know what else to do. Angus, who was a female Husky, stayed with him. He had always liked the name Angus, and when they got her as a puppy, his wife thought a girl’s name would be better, but he had…