The Fireworks- July 1st, 2011

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“These fireworks are illegal in 48 states,” said Mikey to his best friend Ryan. “Let’s set a few off.”

Ryan grinned, the fireworks already sparkling in his eyes. “Let’s do it!  Don’t worry Mikey, we are in Puerto Rico, we are a commonwealth, not a state.” replied Ryan.

Mikey searched his pockets, “Are the matches with you?” He asked Ryan

Ryan pulled out a cigarette lighter. “I was a boy scout”, he said, “Always be prepared.”  But the air prickled with danger, like a blow dryer leaning on the edge of a full tub. Continue reading

The Kidnapping- June 24th, 2011

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“It’s Friday!” exclaimed Amanda. “My letter will arrive today”.

She had been expecting a letter from the lawyers, telling her details about her grandfather’s will.  She was also hoping for a letter from her beloved Darren, who was doing his summer internship in Nova Scotia.  Her excitement was bubbling over at the possibility of two letters, that Amanda did not know what to do. So she did what she always did when her nerves got the best of her. Going to her collection of cookbooks, she looked to see which one to pour through that morning. Just as she sat down at the table, her doorbell chimed. Continue reading