The amazing one in the Big Apple, Al Nino, calls the pain-ridden, lowly author on New Year's Eve (2018), and launches a zinger-filled inquisition in reference to two bizarre dreams. Are they linked? To whom or what?
Approx. 1600 words.
A widower in Charlotte (NC, USA) comes up with an unusual 'wall art project' that involves a game of chance, which he shares with an old friend over lunch. Will he live to see the 'golden goal' scored?
Approx. 1700 words.
The author has a random conversation with a school teacher from Michigan at a craft-beer bar/store in downtown Morganton (NC, USA) on an autumn afternoon. The answer to the final question was hiding behind a submerged granite boulder. Autobiographical. The dialogue is almost verbatim.
Rating: PG-13 (an instance of foul language).
Approx. 1300 words.
A fired-for-unscrupulous-behavior bank employee decides to start a church in Atlanta. Money soon rolls in. Life is good. What could possibly go wrong?
Approx. 1600 words.
Probable rating: PG-13 (some foul language).
Two young soldiers - an American specialist and a Romanian guard - are assigned an environmental task in southeastern Afghanistan in 2009. The area is very dangerous; Taliban attacks have recently occurred. Who will be 'the soldier'?
Approx. 1900 words.
Probable rating: PG-13 (13 and older).
Loosely based on something a U.S. Army vet relayed to the author.
An older couple's conversation while in a Munising, Michigan restaurant. A recent accidental death and a store robbery are discussed. The man begins to feel his sanity is being 'taken away'.
Approx. 1K words.
Rating: PG-13 (an instance of foul language, a passing drug reference).
A high-end burglary outfit finds out where a long-lost, multi-million-dollar Faberge' egg is being housed. Once the imperial egg is seized, it must go all the way from the Atlantic coast of North Carolina to the Mojave Desert in southern California. An eccentric waitress is encountered along the way, and puts an insidious monkey wrench into one 30-something male's best-laid plan. Film-noir-esque.
The author recounts a candid conversation with a Philadelphia Eagles fan in uptown Charlotte, while waiting for a streetcar to arrive on a muggy Friday morning. Some unexpected revelations. From ho-hum ordinary to hysterically absurd.
8 short stories that take place in southwestern Virginia and southern West Virginia are gathered:
1. Galax_ Galaxy (thought interception)
2. Charlie West (Charleston, WV)
3. Fries or Freeze (a quick sketch by an old New River dam)
4. Gallivanting in Galax (encore)
5. The Race (New River Trail)
6. The Cipher (Wytheville, Bland)
7. A Blue Whale of a Tale (Bluefield)
8. Bridge Day (Fayetteville, WV)