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Author: Chuck Allen

Heart Lessons

Jacob took inventory of the items on the counter as he slipped on his jacket. He checked his jacket pocket to make sure his knit hat was there. These February days looked warm from inside, but that assessment would change with a few minutes in the cool wind. He grabbed the picnic basket, the box of chocolates, the card and the flowers from the counter and headed out the door. The trip was short and familiar – one he had made numerous times each week for the past four years. As he parked the vehicle his attention was taken...

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Closing Time

“Hi, Larry. What’ll it be?” Jon wiped the counter and placed a napkin in front of him. “Anything – as long as it has rum in it. I’ve got a day full of meetings I need to wipe from my memory banks.” “Where’s Tony?” Chuck craned his neck and looked around the room. “He could give you a run down of the options. The guy’s a virtual encyclopedia of cocktails.” “True.” Larry nodded towards the corner booth. “Who’s the new guy?” Jon added a plastic stirrer to the drink and placed it on the counter. “I don’t know. He...

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Hi, My name is Xiomara. I’ll never forget hearing Miss Alice’s voice that night. I was shocked to see her and embarrassed that I was there. You see, at first I liked being called Eddie’s girlfriend. He was nice to me and I felt protected. But later I would see what he was really like. He viewed me as his property. I didn’t know what to do. The one time I tried to break up with him, he slapped me and threatened to kill me. I was so scared. That was not the life I wanted. I wanted to...

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Young At Heart

I met Alice at the diner. For a while I would eat dinner there at least once a week just so I didn’t have to cook. The more we chatted, the more we realized we had in common. We both had our only child – sons – when we were in our mid thirties and we both raised them as single moms. Alice was several years younger than me – my son is off to college now. But I was surprised at how close we were in age, because she seemed so much younger. She seemed more energetic. I...

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