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My legs . . . what the hell? They never
cramp up. Damn, this is something
new,  
thought Jake Carpenter, out for
his daily trek. Sit for a moment. See
what happens. Catch your breath, old
pal.
It was exactly 6.3 miles from his house
to    Fellow’s Rise and back again.
Since his heart attack 8 years earlier,
Jake had walked that distance at least 5
times a week. Get your cardio workout
whenever and however you can, Jake,
advised his doctor. On only 3 occasions
had he failed to reach his exercise goal,
and they were because of interruptions
that took him away from his house.
..
Spirit in The Sky
Michael C. Keith

It was Saturday, and I was home in
my little cinderblock house on
Wilson Lane in Brightown, North
Carolina
. The March weather had
been unusually warm. But now there
were storm warnings, and the rain had
begun to fall. I was sitting in my living
room, reading a novel—though not a
detective story. Why not?—well, my
name is Ned Bryson, and I’m a private
detective with my own stories to tell.
Anyway, the lightening flashed, and
the thunder rumbled across the sky. I
stopped reading long enough to
glance out the window. The rain was
falling in sheets, blown back and forth
by a powerful wind. I didn’t think much
about it until the rainstorm let up, and
I stood out on the porch. As it
happened, a twister had skipped
across town...

A vague, cramping feeling deep
within
her pelvis was the first sensation
she became aware of. Tight, tighter,
tighter, like a wet towel being wrung out
at the pool. Then a gradual easing
release, lasting several seconds before
the tightness again.

The tightness became more and more
intense each time it returned, until she
began to anticipate the ache before it
was there.

A strange metallic taste inhabited her
mouth like a foreign invader that didn’t
belong. Her tongue stuck with dryness
to her lips...

“Boyd, you missed your calling. That
w
as something right out of NASCAR,”
Smokey said, struggling to release his
seatbelt.

“Alright, smartass. Of course, you’d’ve
done so much better.”

Minutes later, the O’Sullivan brothers
stood, looking down at the hulking
mass. Smokey fished his cellphone
out. “Well, so much for the ‘one-day
drive’ to Bloomington. Good thing we
left a couple days early, or    we’d’ve
missed little Trynity’s first birthday out
of Riley. Gonna call Rachel and let
her know what’s going on. You’d best
get a wrecker out here.”

Pete was good at not leaving marks.  
Even drunk, he was careful.
(and there’s no-one more spiteful than a
careful drunk)
‘Shut up, Molimo,’ Tommy whispered.
(except Molimo)
‘Shut up, Molimo.’
(turn off the light)
‘Molimo,’ Tommy pleaded.  Why did the
light switch have to be at the far end of
the landing, furthest away from the top
of the stairs?  And why did the switch
have to be so high off the ground that he
could only reach it on tippy-toes, so it
took so much longer to get
(past Molimo)
from the switch to the top of the stairs
(past me, past Molimo)
in the dark?
(switch off the light and get past me)
‘Just be quiet, Molimo, please, please,
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