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…

Stranded with Mr. Snow

Part 4 “Are you okay?” Hudson inquired, leaning over her motionless body while Clover claimed the spot on her other side. The cool wintry wind howled over Savoy as she lied flatly against the blanket of snow. Flakes had stopped half an hour ago, which was how long it took him to lead her to…

Stranded with Mr. Snow

Part 3 Savoy didn’t burn the chili but she did burn the tip of her tongue trying to sneak a taste while Hudson was rummaging around in the basement storage. Sue her. She was hungry. There was only so much hunger that could be abated with snickerdoodles and two mocha lattes. Her taste buds yearned…

Stranded with Mr. Snow

Part 2 The hike Hudson referred to was more like a twelve-minute walk along a well-trodden trail through a wintry forest. It would have felt longer due to the frigid wind chill but since Savoy had good company in Hudson it felt like half that. Plus, the warmth that wafted from his arm as she…