Friday, July 31, 2009

Burt Bacharach and gin were the only things that got her through the night.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The tinkle of drunken piano playing drifted through the open window along with intermittent laughter and as he stepped up to the front door, his hat in his hands, Luke could make out scantily clad women passing by inside.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Travis put the gun to his shoulder, took careful aim and squeezed off a round—thinking the entire time of his Army training—only to find that he hadn't won the stuffed tiger with the green eyes his daughter coveted, but he also soon found out why.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sean felt spiritually at peace as a grave digger since he believed he was helping the dead across to the other side and he often spoke words of encouragement to the corpses in low tones.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Weary from travel the pair sat down to a stiff drink and a bite to eat, but when the waiter bowed and scraped and the chef, sous chef, prep cooks and dishwasher came pouring out of the kitchen they knew their cover had been blown.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hess remembered every slight, no matter how petty, he had received throughout his life and today was the day when the guilty would finally get what was coming to them.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The man removed his sunglasses and stared at me for several long seconds and then, with a savage grin, pushed me towards the interrogation room.

Friday, July 24, 2009

"You can't communicate with the dead," they all told him,but as he sat in the dark room, his mind focused like a laser, he began to hear strange noises that didn't seem to come from anything human.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

He huddled in the ditch until the train passed then continued to follow the tracks out of town and away from the barroom that was now covered in broken glass and blood.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Walking through Central Park she had a revelatory moment in which her heart skipped a beat and she mumbled to herself "I really live in New York City...and not in Ohio...I'm really here."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Paul was a self-proclaimed Atheist, but on Tuesday, March 4 at 5:01 p.m. he saw something that made him firstly question his sanity, secondly his lack of a belief system and finally whether he would be able to live through the experience of seeing what he believed was the face of God.

Monday, July 20, 2009

"Didn't anyone tell you?" Dale asked, his eyes wide with shock, "There was another attack and it was worse than last time."

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The cows gazed up and briefly stopped chewing while the two men pummeled each other on the the road near the pasture.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The art critic, a rabid post-modernist, became so angered by the paintings that in order to suppress the desire to rip them from the walls he got completely smashed on cheap red wine and hit on every man in the room, to the embarrassment of all present.

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Why would you turn me in?," he asked her on the verge of tears, "I thought we were partners."

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Drake sat staring at the diner menu, careful not to look back at the endless tables full of happy couples who seemed to be gazing at him pityingly.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

When he looked into her eyes he knew she was already half-way out the door and nothing he could say would tether her restlessness.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mary, still half-asleep, carried the bucket out to the barn like she did every morning, but when she got there both bucket and jaw dropped at what she saw inside.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The star-struck boy was so nervous he vomited on the actor's Italian shoes and therefore never got the coveted autograph he had been seeking for his collection.
Lilly spent her life veering between two speeds, the head-lolling lassitude brought on by drug use and the frenetic search for more of the same.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The sky burned brightly for a few seconds before the darkness once again swallowed the men on the guard tower.

Friday, July 10, 2009

"Where has everyone gone?" he thinks, walking down the deserted street, the third he's been down in the last few minutes.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Willy woke up one morning with the idea of riding across the world on his horse and by that afternoon he was waving goodbye to his family as he headed down the long road.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The water was like a mirror, giving nothing back but the boat's reflection and keeping what lay beneath a dark secret that would haunt them until they dove within.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Det. Snark stood over the man he had just put five bullets in, thinking that now it would just be a matter of waiting to see if he was in fact the serial killer they assumed he was, but if they were wrong he knew there would be hell to pay.

Monday, July 6, 2009

On his 100th birthday he looked back on his life with neither nostalgia nor regret, but still cursed his enemies and remembered his friends and their drunken days fondly.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

When Theo woke up the next morning it wasn't the mind-numbing hangover that had his hands shaking, it was the enlistment papers with his signature on them.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dave, who really, really, really wanted a b b gun, was cursed by his friendship with Pete, an eye-patch wearing boy whose brother had shot his right eye out with the same type of weapon Dave was desperate to get his hands on.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The boys flipped through the dog-eared magazine and tittered at the images of the women with hairdos of another generation, but whose bodies were the same in every other respect.
The red tinted moon, like a bloodshot eye, hung over the field in which the men quietly dug the shallow hole that was the width and length of a man.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The smell of anise filled the air in the tiny candy shop that the boys were allowed to visit once a week, while the kindly old man behind the counter smelled of sweat and alcohol.