Beneath a Wild Sky - Forest Cat and Other Stories
Need a good shiver, a quick laugh, or a pull on the heartstrings? The eighteen thought-provoking short stories in this collection are sure to provide, featuring stories about people you may think you know, and places you may think you’ve been. Meet FBI agents and devious killers, good mothers and bad wives, in a forest or on a lake, in spring rain or summer sun, all Beneath a Wild Sky. More
The eighteen thought-provoking stories in this collection provide shivers, laughs and more. Here are brief descriptions of each.
1. Forest Cat – Veterinarian Shea Maroney heads into the forest in search of a cougar wounded by a hunter, and encounters the legendary reclusive Bess Milton, “Witch of the Forest.”
2. The Light Gatherers – Somewhere in a galaxy far away, Aviva rises early to complete her annual task.
3. Skinny Dipper – A young woman takes an early morning swim to a lake island.
4. Shiny – Orphaned Carlie feels doomed to more years of her slave-like existence with her brothers, until help comes from an unexpected ally.
5. The Eco-Trio – three short tales with an ecological perspective:
a. Too Early – Imagine what it’s like to wake up looong before breakfast, lunch or dinner will be ready.
b. Equinox – A short introspective.
c. An Arbor Day Dream – Who planted all those trees along the prairie river banks?
6. The Tribe at Fist Mountain – Damaris has come of age; her rite of passage includes a terrifying experience inside the caves of Fist Mountain, where she meets a Monster.
7. Zoo Dream – FBI agent Teresa Martin returns to her hometown in search of a criminal. When her investigation leads her to the town’s abandoned zoo, old memories surface, including those of her first boyfriend, Denny, and the service tunnels below the zoo.
8. Hunter – Alex thinks the con he and Michael have pulled on beautiful Sandra is nearly complete and he’s home free.
9. River Crossing – Hopelessness leads a young woman to a river where ghost explorers from the past give her something new to consider.
10. Lost – A woman loses her way on an abandoned nature trail, after her lover’s funeral.
11. Homecoming – Chauncey returns home after years away with one thing on her mind - revenge.
12. Escape from White – Melene contemplates the possibility of life outside of the white world she lives in. Could Mikal have been right? Is there another world out there?
13. Persistent Downpour – A heavy thunderstorm causes Grace to evaluate husband Fred.
14. Shedding the Skin – Life on a houseboat with new husband Harry is going great, until teenager Merlayne ditches her dad and comes aboard.
15. From the Transom – Undercover for the FBI gathering info on a drug dealer, agent Lara McDougal sees more than she wants to see.
16. Whale Song –Sade, a fourth grader, is studying whales in school, and has no idea that those creatures aren’t the only ones who can feel vibrations across long distances.
17. Dancer – A new chapter in life begins when an unemployed widow meets an old woman with an amazing past.
18. Playing the Dulcimer – Melanie Barkin wants to learn to play the hammered dulcimer. It’s all part of The Dream.