Spooky Lane

The scorching Hades’ vapors rose throughout the concrete jungle of countless miles of shabby homes, and boarded-up buildings. At the corner, filled with vulgar men and teenagers displaying their herd mentality: sexual gestures, hooting, and hollering to the streetwalkers. The prostitutes moved on, taking their cue; I did too.

Droplets of sweat dripped on my back as I strolled. My mother’s voice nagged at me, wearing Daisy Dukes, a short tight top, and my dirty white tennis shoes. For I was proud of my slender physique and my plump breasts.

But I couldn’t change my clothes. My boyfriend and I had a violent argument when his unstoppable wrath erupted. That’s when I scrammed from our apartment. On my way out, I snatched my purse.

I spotted trouble. Piercing eyes generated a frigid chill, seizing my spine. A shadowy figure emerged a half block away. Creepiness rushed into my skin forming goosebumps. I wished I hadn’t sold my pistol. My boyfriend had persuaded me; I regretted that decision.

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Spooky Lane (a short story)

The scorching Hades’ vapors rose throughout the concrete jungle of countless miles of shabby homes, and boarded-up buildings. At the corner, filled with vulgar men and teenagers displaying their herd mentality: sexual gestures, hooting, and hollering to the streetwalkers. The prostitutes moved on, taking their cue; I did too.

Droplets of sweat dripped on my back as I strolled. My mother’s voice nagged at me, wearing Daisy Dukes, a short tight top, and my dirty white tennis shoes. For I was proud of my slender physique and my plump breasts.

But I couldn’t change my clothes. My boyfriend and I had a violent argument when his unstoppable wrath erupted. That’s when I scrammed from our apartment. On my way out, I snatched my purse.

I spotted trouble. Piercing eyes generated a frigid chill, seizing my spine. A shadowy figure emerged a half block away. Creepiness rushed into my skin forming goosebumps. I wished I hadn’t sold my pistol. My boyfriend had persuaded me; I regretted that decision.

The silhouette approached.

Panic engulfed me; I searched for refuge. Paradise Diner across the street with faded ocean waves painted on the windows. I dashed. A brand-new 1990s Cadillac whizzed by me. My heart pounded.

Air whooshed. “Hey, Dumbo!” I shouted.

I entered. The realistic paintings of palm trees on the walls, multi-colored lights of seashells hung from the ceiling, and beach decor. The relaxing atmosphere calmed me. On a business trip with my dad in Charleston, we ate at a local seaside restaurant, and this cafe reminded me of the place.

I stopped, before crashing into the waitress in a bright-white, tidy, uniform with her brunette hair in a tight bun, and wore nurses’ shoes.

“Sorry.”

The woman zoomed by me.

“Am I invisible?”

At a corner table in the back, a tall, stocky man in a gray T-shirt and tan Khaki shorts stood. “Miss, are you okay?”

She rammed into me and I collided with the floor.

“So sorry! I didn’t see you.” She offered her hand. “The hot weather is making me crazy.”

I took her hand. “I’m fine. The heat is from Hades.”

The man appeared. “My father told me demons come out to play causing chaos to us.”

“I can believe it.” My legs shook, and everything spun.

A softness touched my arms. I missed that. My boyfriend’s rough hands carried such harshness just like his words.

“Please, my dear, come sit at my table. Alice, bring a glass of water?”

He tucked his arm under mine. I was safe from the evil lurking in the shadows outside. A few seconds later, I sat, sipping on the water.

“I’m Sam.”

“Jane.”

“Are you feeling better?”

My body slowly relaxed, and I was protected in the cafe. “I walked for hours in this part of the city. I must have gotten lost somehow.”

He smiled. “It happens on a hot day like this, but you’re safe here.”

“My mind must play tricks on me. A shadow that looked like a man coming towards me.”

The waitress placed another glass of water on the table and stared at Sam.

A wave of dizziness hit me and everything spun as I placed my hand on my head. My fingers were wet. Blood was on my hand. It was my blood!

“What is going on?” I asked as panic filled me with dread.

Sam touched my arm. “Our time is short.”

“I don’t understand…”

“What do you remember?”

“Thomas, my boyfriend, and I had a nasty brawl. I refused to have sex with him. He tried to rape… A pain in my head.” I sobbed.

“He took his trophy, struck your head several times out of his rage.”

“I’m not dead!”

He patted my hand. “Not yet.” He sighed. “The hospital staff has worked hard to save your life to ensure your choice.”

“Are you death?” I studied him.

“Your Guardian Angel.” He paused. “You need to decide.”

A powerful desire to be a wife and mother filled me. Revenge pulsed through my veins for Thomas needed to pay for his crimes too.

In a bright room, shrieking alarms surrounded me, my body ached, and an exhausted man with a receding hairline wearing a pair of dirty scrubs examined me.

“I’m Dr. Morris, your physician at the ER.” He squeezed my fingers.

“Hospital?” I mumbled.

He nodded. “You’re recovering from a serious head injury. Relax, to allow the medicine to work.” He smiled. “You’re a lucky young lady that you survived the head trauma and the severe beating, but in time, I believe you will make a full recovery.”

“Where’s my mom?”

In the doorway, stood my mother in her sloppy clothes with dark bags under her eyes. She bolted to my bedside and held my bruised hand.

In the bed, I vowed to make a full recovery and hunt for Thomas to give him my revenge!

The Queen’s Poisoner Review

I enjoyed reading The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler. This book was different from other fantasy novels I have read. The story followed an eight-year-old Owen taken away from his family to live at the castle with the king.

At first, I wasn’t sure about the novel, if I wanted a read about an eight-year-old boy, what he might have to endure without his parents. I am glad I did, for it was an excellent read.

The Beginning

The story opens where Owen’s parents made the wrong choice by going against the king. They lost one child because the King ordered his death. Owen fate was sealed, to be taken away and forced to live at the palace.

After that, Owen’s story started with the journey heading to the king’s castle. I could relate with Owen being terrified and dealing with the pain being separated from his parents.

The Middle

Once Ankarette was introduced and Owen’s transformation begins. She helps him to adjust living at the castle, teaches how to thrive, and lessons on politics.

Evie was another great character that was introduced halfway through the story. She was a strong-will little girl taught Owen to be brave in dangerous situations.

The Ending

The climax of the book had me reading into the late hours; I wanted to see how Owen would save his family from the King. It was awesome!

The Ending was great. It wrapped up Owen’s storyline and that leads to the second book in the series.

World Building

Another thing I like about the novel, the author took his time to develop the culture and explained certain meanings to Owen. I had no trouble understanding terms and descriptions.

The descriptions are amazing and there were times I felt I was with young Owen and walked with him on his journey. The way the rivers and the fountains such detail that portray the spiritual meaning.

I’m looking forward to reading book two.

Jan 24, 2019

Today, on First Reads, I found two novels I have put on my February Reading list. I read the blurbs and reviews, so I took a chance.

The first book is called Blood for Blood by Victoria Selman. According to the blurb: the story is about a woman profiler targeted by a serial killer. It looks like an interesting read of a good chase. The Amazon’s reviews have a high rating, but the Goodreads’ reviews are lower. I hope the story won’t be a huge disappointment.

The second book is called The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler. According to the blurb: the story is about a detective who is a target for a hit but it goes wrong. She must figure out who and why. The reviews on Amazon and Goodreads have high ratings. It looks like a fast-paced and a fascinating read.

Jan 21, 2019

Last night, I watched Supergirl on the CW, and I’m a fan of the show since the first season. The fourth season has brought many changes as the storyline is heading in a new direction.

For me, this has been a frustrating season to watch. The theme seems to be when Kara wins, and then she loses something valuable in her personal life.

Kara might lose her sister. I wonder what the future holds for her. There’s Supergirl’s double in Russia and is training for something, but what? Last night’s episode indicated that.

Since Alex’s memory was altered how will that affect Alex and Kara’s relationship. It may be for an episode. Col. Haley wants Supergirl’s identity that’s threatening Kara’s future.

Then, Brainy was building a new support team for Supergirl. Perhaps, he knows something about what Kara will face since he is from the future?

A lot of uncertainty is hanging over Kara, and next week’s episode looks promising.

Books Wanted

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I normally read science fiction, fantasy, Christian drama, Christian suspense, and young adult.

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Horror

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