Disappeared 36

Bunch of carrots

Carrots. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

It wasn’t that they didn’t miss their stepdad. He was fun, taking all four children to the zoo, the pool, or out for ice-cream right before he brought them home for dinner on Sunday nights. When they made a mess of his house, his maid picked it all up. Continue reading

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Six Sentence Stories

Bethany revved her Jeep to catch up with the three, and pulled over to the side of the road on her unofficial detour to avoid road construction, dismissively flapping her hand at the motorist behind her who leaned on his horn and shouted an incoherent, but clearly rude epithet about her parentage, as he swerved around her.  Continue reading

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Six Sentence Stories

The freeway and most of the East Side’s roadways were shut down for the usual spate of State, County and local construction projects allowed by their short northern summers, but Bethany rolled down her Jeep’s windows and turned her car radio up so that everybody could enjoy Fleetwood Mac’s 1973 classic, “Hypnotized.” Continue reading

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Bunch of carrots

Carrots. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

Chuckie and Ducks were dropped back home at their mother’s, two days early. Stepdad mumbled about a work thing he couldn’t get out of.

Translation? The twins were too much, even for him. Continue reading

Disappeared 3

Six Sentence StoriesEloise leaned back, one hand on the steering wheel of her mother’s Ford Mondeo Wagon, and grew increasingly annoyed at the jam that stopped traffic for miles, as it did every Friday when she had to drive her young twin sisters to her mother’s second ex-husband’s home from the house they all shared with her brother, Andrew, and her mother. Continue reading