Fool’s Paradise

Part 6 Jesse checked his watch while sitting down at the end of the table. He was ready for this to be over. He tried not to wear his discontent on his face. He even flashed a smile at his wife on the other end of the table and offered a courteous ‘thank-you’ to Erin…

Fool’s Paradise

Part 5 Matthew was exhausted. He couldn’t think about anything other than sleep as the driver pulled up to his sister’s house. He let out a soundless yawn before fishing his wallet out the back pocket of chinos. He handed over his credit card to the middle-age man that went on and on about his…

Left Unsaid

They were lost. He insisted they weren’t. It was the arrogant-stained confidence of his baritone that struck one of her many wound-up nerves provoking an eye roll. An eye roll he missed like all of her other mannerisms that displayed her displeasure of the state of their relationship. A relationship that had spanned for six…

Fool’s Paradise

Chapter 4 Gold or Diamonds. Mallory wasn’t one for much jewelry. She didn’t have time to fuss with clasps or posts. The daughter of an engineer and a pediatrician never had much time to play around. Academics was the most important thing in the Holt household followed closely by playing a sport and volunteering. She…

Fool’s Paradise

Chapter 3 Emptiness greeted her at the door. The silence of the newly constructed suburban adobe shouldn’t be welcomed after the busy day filled with endless small talk and catching up with old patients she hadn’t seen in months but it wasn’t. Mallory wished for something more. Prayed for something more. She wanted to be…

Fool’s Paradise

Chapter 2 Time soared by. Morning quickly morphed into the evening and Mallory finally wished the last patient ado. She swapped her lab coat for the brown blazer hanging on the coat rack in her office. The room in the back of the clinic shined under the radiant sun pouring into the windows behind the…

Fool’s Paradise

Chapter 1 Fridays were busy. They always were and this Friday was no different for Mallory Branton. She didn’t primp up or slip into her favorite pumps, it was a sneaker and pencil skirt kind of day. The waiting room of The Branton was full. Not a vacant seat in within its tan walls. Her…

Tactical Avoidance

“Do you have a problem with me?” She was shocked by the words that slipped from her mouth on the dreary morning day but she wasn’t surprised.   She couldn’t take the subtle glances every time she passed by this particular person in the hallway. It had been happening for the last twenty-nine days she’d been…

Stranded with Mr. Snow

Part 6 “For the road.” Hudson handed her the festive tin. Savoy abruptly stopped the motion of the container with her palm and shook her head. “Nah, one is enough.” “One?” His eyebrows knitted but it wasn’t from the bright sun beaming over them doing nothing to combat the wintry temperature that made his leather…

Stranded with Mr. Snow

Part 5 They started with Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer snuggled under a thick corded blanket sitting on opposite sides of the couch with Clover resting in her bed near the tree and the fireplace ablaze sipping on a fresh batch of hot cocoa. The bowl of buttery popcorn that claimed the spot between Savoy and…