Almaden (repost)

First posted this short story just over four years ago, and I made some more changes to improve the narrative and the dialogue. This particular story means a lot to me, so I really want to get it right. The plot of Almaden is about a family's way of life coming to an end as … Continue reading Almaden (repost)

Redwood Summer Chapter 14

Jason took a long drink from a bottle of tomato juice and leaned back against a three story rack of heavy steel shelves as he waited for the juice to replenish his fatigued body. He relaxed for a bit as he continued to recover from too much alcohol over the weekend. he glanced up at … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 14

Redwood Summer Chapter 13

“So now Alex is trying to hook him up with a job so he can pay off his back rent!” Mike said loudly to Jason over blaring party music. “Hook who up?!” Jason replied just as loud. “Curtis!” Mike repeated. “Oh, good for him!” Jason yelled back. “Hope it works out!” “Maybe he can find … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 13

Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

...you don't want to be caught on the wrong side... Jason hurried through downtown as he dodged around other pedestrians along East Santa Clara Street. The glaring, late summer sun heated him from above and the unfamiliar tightness of his necktie stifled him. He loosened its knot and unbuttoned his collar as he moved quickly. … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

Redwood Summer Chapter 11

“You don’t believe me, do you?” Phil alleged. “I don’t know, Phil,” Larry said, “that all sounds pretty off the wall. And how do you know anyway?” “The information is out there,” Phil enlightened, then he leaned forward across the table, “and anyone can find out if they’re willing to look beyond the establishment mass … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 11

Redwood Summer Chapter 10

Jason stood under the of his car and leaned over the front grill. He peered down at the narrow space between the radiator and motor and tried to figure out the best way to install the new radiator hose. He slid the hose downward into the narrow space and around the fan belt. He fitted … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 10

Redwood Summer Chapter 9

Jason paced his car with the surrounding traffic on one of the valley freeways. Vehicles moved in sync as other cars, vans, and pickup trucks sped past tractor-trailers in the late afternoon sun. More vehicles entered from merge lanes and exited onto turnoffs. Randy sat in the passenger seat talking while Brian was in the … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 9

Redwood Summer Chapter 7

Jason and Christine were sitting upon a small stand of wooden bleachers watching her nephew’s little league baseball game. Christine’s sister, brother in law, brother, brother’s girlfriend, niece and nephew were sitting by them along with other families and groups of friends. Others were lounging on folding lawn chairs on either side of the cyclone … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 7

Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6

...San Jose used to be a small town... Jason slid on a T-shirt and combed his hair in front of his bedroom mirror. He then grabbed his keys, wallet, and change and left his room for the kitchen. The morning sun shone through the windows and the remains of breakfast were on the kitchen counter. … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6

Redwood Summer Chapter 5

Jason’s eyes slowly opened in the early dawn darkness. He stared into the dimness and began to make out a ceiling. He then looked around and found himself on a living room couch with Christine huddled up against him asleep. He held her close, then felt the weight of a hangover and his eyes slowly … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 5