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Something Feels Strange - 31

Something Feels Strange…

By Tiffany B. Quinn

I pull the shoes out of the closet and ask, “So who d’you think the greatest catch in your class is? Maybe I can help you snag him.”

She pauses in thought for a minute. She’s obviously struggling with what she wants to say. “You have to promise me you won’t tell ANYONE this,” Caitlin says emphatically. “I’m only telling you this because you’re my best friend and I know I can trust you.”

“You can trust me,” I tell her with sincerity, “after all I’ll be gone in a couple of months.”

“Okay,” she leans close and whispers. “But you can’t tell anyone—especially your cousin. I’d just die if she found out. If I could pick any guy to be my boyfriend,” she pauses and looks furtively around, “it would be Chris Quinn. God, I get wet every time I even think of that boy.”

Chapter 31: Revelations and Spy Lessons

My Despair-9


My Despair-9

By Stanman63
Thanks To JennaFL For Proofing And Nora Adrienne for editing!



Synopsis:After getting her revenge, Terri's remorse over what has happened causes her to ask "WHY" and receive an answer that ends her despair.
 

 

 


From My Despair-8

"Terri, are you ready for your showdown?" asked Daddy.

"What do you mean?"

"Chad and Frank have sexually assaulted a girl. Her name is Whitney White."

"DAMN! She and her family moved away because of them."

Something Feels Strange - 30

Something Feels Strange…

By Tiffany B. Quinn

“Her name is Tina Jeffers. All I know about her is that she’s Mercer’s niece from Alaska and is here for the summer. Oh yeah, and she likes to run. She’s running most evenings with the local high school cross country team.”

“Okay, okay—I’ll play it cool, but if she so much as looks sideways I want you to find a way to get rid of her.”

This last comment was followed by his slamming the phone back on its cradle and some expletives attached to comments about meddling women and his perception of their role in life.

 

Chapter 30: Strengthening Ties

Something Feels Strange - 29

Something Feels Strange…

By Tiffany B. Quinn

A minute or so after I ring the bell the door opens to reveal Dr. Lang—and he doesn’t look very happy once he figures out who I am.

“You’re that girl from the office,” he observes. “One of Susan Harrison’s lackeys. What are you doing here?”

It’s not quite the reception I was expecting—so much for being subtle. I must look pretty stupid standing here with a shocked expression on my face. I mean, what’s a girl supposed to say?

 

Chapter 29: Fireworks

Something Feels Strange - 28

Something Feels Strange…

By Tiffany B. Quinn

“You know,” Dan says to me quietly to avoid being overheard. “Ben is, despite his crudity, actually correct. You are very good looking and, to top it off, easy to be around. You’re really making this summer something special for all of us. I’m glad you came. Are you sure you can’t stay?”

“Thanks for the compliment,” I quietly reply, “but, no, I can’t stay. Anyway, I haven’t really done anything to earn the praise.”

“Sure you have,” he responds. “You are like a cool breeze on a hot day. Just being here makes everything better. Too bad you’re not staying. I think that we’d make great friends, you and me.”

Oh no! Where’s the fire extinguisher? Somebody has to put out this guy’s fire—fast!

 

Chapter 28: Pool Party & The City

Something Feels Strange - 27

Something Feels Strange…

By Tiffany B. Quinn

“So,” Laurie says as we bike back to her house in the dark, “you’re actually going on a date.”

“This is not a ‘date’ date,” I try to explain. “Just a couple of friends getting together to work on a project then hanging out at the fireworks with my favorite cousin.”

“Whatever,” she says with a knowing smile as if she’s not really buying the argument.

Chapter 27: Making Connections

The Silence of the Night

CAUTION: WHILE THIS STORY CONTAINS NO INCEST OR UNDERAGE SEX IT DOES CONTAIN THE THREAT OF THEM. THE THREAT OF RAPE. IT IS A HORROR STORY IN NOT JUST THE STEPHEN KING SENSE BUT EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD, DEALING WITH A GHASTLY TOPIC IN A WAY THAT I HOPE WON'T BE SEEN AS FRIVOLOUS OR EXPLOITATIVE BUT ULIIMATLY REDEMPTIVE + HOPEFUL. AND WHILE THIS DARK KALEIDOSCOPE OF A STORY STOPS SHORT OF ANY GRAPHIC PORTRAYALS OF PHYSICAL ABUSE, IT HAS A DESPICABLE VILLAIN & IS VISCERALLY DISTURBING IN PLACES. IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT HOW YOU'D REACT TO READING SUCH A TALE, PLEASE SKIP THIS ONE.

 

Evil doesn't take Christmas off...

The Silence of the Night
by Laika Pupkino

There were worse things that could happen to you on Christmas Eve than to find yourself locked in a tiny closet. And when the perverted monster who had abducted him this afternoon got back from the store, little Mikey Ellsworth was going to find out what those things were.

Alone in the dark he prayed that he might be rescued somehow, calling out to God, to Jesus, his guardian angel, to anyone out there who might hear him, knowing that only a miracle could save him now...

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Something Feels Strange - 26

Something Feels Strange…

By Tiffany B. Quinn

“You did it again,” Laurie sighs as we ride home together.

“Did what?” I ask. I haven’t a clue what she is talking about.

“Put another boy under your spell,” she replies.

Chapter 26: Planting Seeds

Something Feels Strange - 25

Something Feels Strange…

By Tiffany B. Quinn

I’d like to think I can trust my Dad. He’s always had high integrity and he’s always been there for me. I’ve got to trust somebody.

Picking up my cell phone, I text Dr. Quinn: “Going 4 very short jog @ 7a. Want 2 come? - Kris”

The reply comes back within minutes: “C U @ ur tree - Dr Q”

Chapter 25: Who are the Good Guys?

My Despair-8


My Despair-8

By Stanman63
Thanks To JennaFL For Proofing And Nora Adrienne for editing!



Synopsis:After hearing about the evidence and the fal of the Mayor and his crony, Her attacker hurt another girl which prompts a showdown.
 

 

 


From My Despair-7

I felt empty and alone. I'd given my word to Daddy and I do not go back on my word. But what am I to do now? For the rest of day, I simply lay in bed, waiting for something to happen that'd restore my Hope. What I wasn't expecting was for the mayor's secretary to come to my rescue.