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    Thanks, Mihai.

    Thanks, Mihai.
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    Thanks for the encouragement.

    Thanks for the encouragement.
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    Loved writing it, as well. Thank you.

    Loved writing it, as well. Thank you.
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    Glad you liked it.

    Glad you liked it.
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    One More For Emma

    The fifty-room, Victorian-style Winnaford mansion, nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac, was surrounded by expansive gardens. Its sizable, ornate library was gloomy, even on bright sunshine days. A...
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    1975 Virus Epidemic

    August 1975

    Above the calm ocean waves, the full moon reflected and sparkled off the expanse of open water to Jenny’s left. Her partner, and current lover, Henry, was piloting the sleek motorboat...
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    Diablo Seed Strikes Again 1933

    Tuesday, December 9, 1933

    The sun was just rising when Jovani “Joe” Gallo and his friend, Salvatore “Sal” Conti boarded a single-engine plane at the Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua airfield. Joe was a...
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    Diablo Seed Returns 1911

    February 1911

    The Bella Dama, a slow-moving supply boat, chugged up the Rio Coco, which defined much of the meandering northeastern boundary between Honduras and Nicaragua. Aboard were Captain...
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    Diablo Seed 1882

    August 1882

    Quiwi Ginni was a bustling, remote Nicaraguan village of twelve hundred people in the jungles of Central America alongside the Rio Coco. Life for the villagers was good for the most...
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    Advantages of Sheltering in Place

    Thirty days and counting, but so far,
    It doesn’t seem that long to me.
    Sheltering-in-place is what’s it’s called.
    Can’t go anywhere.
    Not permitted to see anyone face to face,
    Except by Zoom.
    ...
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    A Wrinkle in Time

    Ben Jameson and his fourteen-year-old son, Jay, always enjoyed their annual father-son bonding-trips to the museum on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Over the past six years, Jay’s interests had...
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    Day of Reckoning v2

    A lone Rider appeared out of the shimmering heat of the Arizona desert. He crossed a trickle of water where a knee-deep stream once flowed, following the well-traveled road up the valley. Clumps of...
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    You're The Perfect Woman For Me, Lizzie

    When I stumble
    You pick me up

    When I don’t shine
    You cast your spotlight on me

    When I feel low
    You lift my spirits with a word

    When I need you most
  14. Thread: Ransom

    by DRayVan
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    Thanks, Kiz. Glad you liked my story.

    Thanks, Kiz. Glad you liked my story.
  15. Thread: Set Free

    by DRayVan
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    Thanks, Kiz. Glad you liked it.

    Thanks, Kiz. Glad you liked it.
  16. It Wasn't Suppose To Happen Like This - Update

    “Help me! It’s her heart!”
    “Call Code Charley!”
    Nurses and doctors descending,
    fanatically attending.

    Alarm’s shrieking:
    Warning! Warning!
    “Heart’s failing.”
    Shouting orders:
    “Meds, IVs,...
  17. Thread: A Good Woman

    by DRayVan
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    A Good Woman

    Through thick and thin
    You stood by me

    In good times and bad
    You were there as well

    When I didn’t deserve you
    You still loved me

    When I needed you most
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    Gambler's Last Wish

    A gun-slinging gambler comes to Silver Rock and challenges Sheriff Duggan to a gun duel. How long can he resist when his friends are cheated in a crooked card game and one is wounded, confronting the...
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    by DRayVan
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    Ransom

    The darkening clouds meant a change in the weather, and Jesse Cooper could feel the worst was coming. On the heels of the obscured sun, a cool, north wind whipped up and was beginning to blow with a...
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    Land Feud Gone Bad at Silver Rock

    October rains broke the hot spell that had dug its heels into August as if it planned to stay all winter. Clouds arrived with daybreak from the south, swirling, reaching skyward in dark billowing...
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    Forbidden Love Comes to Silver Rock

    Will a daughter’s unexpected pregnancy by a rival family’s son end a bitter feud? Or will this forbidden union fan the flames of out-of-control hate and mistrust?
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    Murder at Silver Rock

    Sheriff William Duggan, thirty-eight, paunch, medium height, and tanned from prolonged sun exposure, tilted his chair back and lit a slender cigar. Smoke curled above his head in the still air. From...
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    Melancholy Skies of Azure Blue

    Melancholy skies of azure blue,
    Peppered with clouds of harbor gray
    Set the mood on a cold winter day.

    Fresh snow fell like Chantilly lacy veils,
    Covering grasses and adorning trees,
    Swirl...
  24. Thread: Set Free

    by DRayVan
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    Set Free

    whispers of comrades gone
    linger from my past

    questions asked but not answered
    why did I survive and they did not
    why was I chosen and they were not

    though decades ago
    their pain echoes...
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    Dear Dad,

    I’m sorry we never talked much, but we never knew what to say. “Hello,” “How ya doin’,” “How’s Mom,” and then, quickly you’d ask, “How’s the weather.” Our phone conversations were rarely...
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