Fly By Night – Chapter 2: Part 1

Passion There are many ways to say I love you.There are many ways to say I care about you.Many ways, many ways,Many ways to say I love you. Fred Rogers, There are Many Ways Fly By Night Home Daniel sits in his car, keys in the ignition, eyebrows furrowed, thinking. Is it really as simple …

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A Friend of the Family – Part 3

https://davidwilsonburns.com/a-friend-of-the-family/ When the service had ended and the family had recessed to an undisclosed location within the church, the pastor invited us to gather in the community hall where the family would be joining us shortly. She encouraged us to share stories of the deceased with each other. I prefer not to overplan my role …

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Bay City Runaway – Part 4

I woke up with a throbbing arm and a head that felt as if a brick had smacked it. I rang for the nurse. I examined my arm. It was braced in a sling and resting on my stomach. I touched my head with my free hand and found a bandage covering a rather large …

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Underground Tourist – Part 3

home Robbie grabbed his sports coat and Melchior went back to his cube to grab his sleek, black bomber jacket.  They clocked out with their cards at the door and made their way to the parking garage. Melchior’s transport had technically been made by one of the big-name American carmakers, but the government had bailed …

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Bay City Runaway – Part 3

Bay City Runaway Home The rain stirred the dormant smell of bum piss as we stepped onto the sidewalk. Neither one of us had an umbrella, but she didn’t seem to care, and neither did I. The water mixed with the dust on the sidewalk, creating a fine grit beneath our feet as we turned …

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Fly By Night – Chapter 1: Part 2

Fly By Night Home Daniel had been happy, at least partly. Growing up, Daniel was like sunshine. He was one of those kids that filled any room he entered with warmth and light. Adults often went out of their way to say hello to him just so they could get a glimpse of his eyes, a glimpse …

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A Friend of the Family – Part 2

A Friend of the Family She looked off over the heads of the mourners at some far away point--perhaps at the mural of the fish and loaves on the back wall of the sanctuary or perhaps into the ether of her glory years as a soprano section leader of the Grace Presbyterian Church of yesteryear.  …

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Fly By Night – Chapter 1: Part 1

Lucky I went to see the gypsy the other nightShe looked in my palm, looked me in the eyeAnd said "you're a lucky man""some folks got fortune, some got eyes of blueWhat you got will always see you throughYou're a lucky man Bruce Springsteen, "Lucky Man" Daniel checked the bottom of his shoe for gum …

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Bay City Runaway – Part 2

Bay City Runaway Home As I let the steam from my freshly brewed coffee rise to my face, I wondered where she was and if I would see her again. We were both running away from cruel hands; hers dealt with a blow to the face and mine dealt by tragic fate. That evening, I …

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