July 28, 2006


Lolly has Chapter Two of the Scarevella up!

It's chilling!

Well done, lady, well done!

Chapter One is here.

My other site has the lineup and I cannot access it at the moment. I will update when I can!

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July 21, 2006


Rain pelted the windows of the old shotgun shack as the wind continued to howl from the bayou. A small boy, slight of body, but agile of mind, slowly swayed to the motion of the trees as he stood enchanted before a plate glass window. Flashes of light and the clap of thunder could not shake him from his excitement of the storm.

Across the room and huddled beneath a tattered quilt was his stout, older brother, quivering from the violence waging around them. “Pascal,” he pled, “Ma mère said to stay in bed until the storm passes.”

Checking the grandmother clock which hung over the mantle, he was able to see it was a quarter of midnight. A neighbor had fallen ill early in the evening and Papa had taken Ma mère to assist with her bundle of herbs and dried potions just as the weather had blown up from the South. At twelve he was strapping and almost as big as a man. His parents had cautioned him to keep Pascal safe and quiet until they could return.

He knew from times past that his mother’s ministrations and incantations might take her through the night, depending on the malady which confronted her. While he wished they would return soon, he knew they would not risk travel in such foul weather.

With a deep breath he shed the quilt and squared his shoulders. In the most authoritative voice he could muster, he directed Pascal evenly: “It is past time for bed. You are in my charge. Return to bed now.”

Without overt motion the younger boy whispered: “He’s coming.” His eyes remained transfixed on a spot far beyond the present.

When he looked through the window, all Emile could see were the inky outlines of the moss-filled live oaks whipping in the wind driven rain. He heard the intermittent thunderous booms increasing in number and volume mixed with the cracking and crashing of limbs and trees. Were it not for the month of March, he would have believed a hurricane was bearing down upon them.

The hair on his arms and the back of his neck were sentry straight as Emile’s heart sank and he trembled from a chill deep within him. Automatically, he began to mouth the words again, just as he had done hundreds of times before. When he reached “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me” his had again regained some semblance of control over his racing heart.

Searching his memory, the boy could not recall a time when his baby brother had not been different, not been touched by the spirits of the storm. From the time he could toddle, the darkness had beckoned him and with the stealth of a puff of smoke, Pascal had always responded.

Many nights their parents had scoured the swamps surrounding their modest home in search of the child who communicated with the voices carried on the wind. The more turbulent the skies, the more energized Pascal became. A sickly child from birth, when consumed by the life of the blackest storm, his strength knew no bounds and no bond could hold him.

“No, no, Pascal! Please, not this night.” Emile cried in fear and desperation.

The younger boy slowly turned, his body rigid and straight. His breath was shallow and his face pale with enlarged eyes that seemed to glow from within. A trickle of blood had formed on his chin as his teeth bit into his lower lip. Without taking a step, he leaned toward his brother and grinned.

“Oh, no, Pascal, no! No one is coming. NO ONE IS COMING!” Emile shrieked.

A dry cackle rose from the child as he sneered in triumph. “Oui, mon frère, no one is coming for He is already here!”

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July 20, 2006

Broken Promises

You all know what to do. Make the story yours and add to it.

She stood, eyes glued to the mirror before her and sighed deeply, twisting her lips at the last second to blow away the long strand of hair that had fallen across her face. Time had not been kind to her the last few years, she thought. Frowning, she shook her head. There was no time for this. Hands dripping, she pulled several of the rough paper towels from the dispenser, quickly drying her hands, feeling the smooth skin where once a simple gold wedding band sat. Broken promises, she reminded herself.

Hands smoothing her hair back and adjusting the plunging neckline of her black dress, she inhaled deeply. There was much to do before midnight. His life depended on it.

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July 14, 2006

We All Have Fantasies...

What are yours?

Yes, I recognize that this question is non-specific enough that I am leaving things wide open for fantasies involving midgets and pudding wrestling, as well as fantasies of being filthy rich and living on some beach in the Tropics. And that's ok...Anything goes.

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July 03, 2006

On Men And Marriage

My own blog? Down. Not that I have a lot to say...I just have this mental itch that needs scratching. I don't understand men. Yes, I know this could morph into a post of novel proportions. I should probably feel some degree of shame for being a 40 year old woman, married 15 years, and confessing that there are times that I look at my husband and honestly don't understand the man at all.

They say we are complicated? I'm sorry, but I think women are pretty transparent for the most part, and what you don't know, we'll be glad to tell you at length. Men? Not so much. My man? Not much at all.

Is there a point to this entry? Um, no, not really. But any of you men out there who feel so inclined are free to explain to me why your species is sometimes so damned difficult to communicate with. Ladies? Have a clue?

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