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The Flute Player

The Flute Player

Enrique stepped out into the rush of midday traffic. Cars screeched to a halt. One car ran into the back of the car in front of it. The driver in the front car leapt out and screamed at the other driver. The other driver screamed back. It […]

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Helen

Helen

From underneath her wide-brimmed hat, Helen slid down her sunglasses to smile up at Zed, standing in the glare of sunlight on the patio of Doppler’s Bar and Grille. “May I join you?” he asked. She said nothing, but she nodded in the direction of an empty […]

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On the Edge of the Mesa

On the Edge of the Mesa

JOE, the Navajo, sitting in the glow of the campfire, turned around and dug the pint of whiskey out of his saddle bags. He twisted off the cap and looked across the smoke and sparks of the fire at Dan. Dan looked up. Joe reached the bottle […]

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Grandfather’s Pocket Watch

Grandfather’s Pocket Watch

He moved slowly from the hospital bed to the bathroom. I watched his agony. I looked over at my grandmother. She sat quietly, my grandfather’s pain reflected in her eyes. They had been married, my grandfather and grandmother, for over forty years, and had raised two daughters, […]

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The Way of the Wolf……finis

The Way of the Wolf……finis

The hunter slithered away from the rim of the rock outcrop, and, when he was far enough away, stood and walked back to where Dan, restless and alert, stared back at him. He stroked Dan’s long neck, whispering in his ear, “I know, I know, my friend, […]

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The Way of the Wolf….cont’d…part four

The Way of the Wolf….cont’d…part four

In his disturbed dreams, the hunter recalled that other world far below, a life of comfort and pleasure, a world that bored him and turned him soft and uninspired. Whenever he was overcome by the dreariness of comfort and ease, he sought the world of adventure, the […]

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The Way of the Wolf……cont’d….part three

The Way of the Wolf……cont’d….part three

The hunter contemplated as he gathered wood for a fire, the wolf pack will travel over fifty miles each day over the harshest terrain while he and Dan would weary themselves covering half that much. No, he wouldn’t find the wolf pack by chasing it, through introspection […]

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The Way of the Wolf…..cont’d….part two

The Way of the Wolf…..cont’d….part two

Unsuccessful in their hunt, the wolf pack retreated to the close pine forest to huddle against the black, cold, early April night. The big gray wolf closed his eyes against the strain of the day, resigned to his fate as a hunter, content now in the close, […]

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The Way of the Wolf

The Way of the Wolf

The largest of the pack, the big gray wolf, went out ahead, moving carefully along the wind-swept, grim landscape, his orange eyes glaring in the side of his head, his quivering ears peaked, not indulgent, not trusting his strength as a leader, but accepting it. They were […]

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End of the Carnival

End of the Carnival

Through the endless night the red rockets exploded overhead while the crowd of people laughed and kissed and made love to the music of the mariachi bands that had left the small cantinas and cafés to play in the street until the early morning when the sun […]

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