Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The meter was running out on his life and he was stuck in traffic.

Monday, December 30, 2013

The organization was a leaky battleship that couldn't keep its own secrets, much less the ones it stole.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

They were driven to the city for what they were told was an exam, but were given no other information.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Susie savored her Bingo victory and flaunted her winnings by buying her friends and enemies alike at the American Legion post new trolls, the trinkets they all believed to bring them luck during the tempestuous tourneys.

Friday, December 27, 2013

The crows warred with the seagulls while the pigeons watched and waited.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

They lay among the torn gift paper and frayed ribbons, exhausted from both wrapping the presents and unwrapping them.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

It was Christmas morn, at least technically, when the kids woke everyone in the house at 12:01 a.m., ready to open their gifts.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It wasn't Santa delivering toys that Christmas morn, it was the cops breaking down the door to execute a warrant.

Monday, December 23, 2013

He made his annual pilgrimage to the art museum to reinvigorate his work, although some might say he just went to steal ideas from the masters of the past.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The kids swore they saw Santa on the neighbor's roof, but I knew it was just Mr. Johnson drunk again, precariously clinging to the house top, hiding from his raging wife.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Their excitement rose day by day as each date was checked off on the calender that December.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The morning after the holiday party was filled with regret, shame and the fear of dismissals.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

He left the saloon life behind, preferring to drink in the company of his cats, who were less noisy than the barflies.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dana considered herself a literary gossip whose job was to peek in on the characters she dreamed up and report the news to the world.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Leslie was a long-legged model with porcelain skin who desperately wanted to be an oddball.

Friday, December 13, 2013

His brother lived the adventure-filled life Jasper wrote about from the comfort of his desk.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Jake the hound hated, in descending order, squirrels, cats, dogs on the television screen, and baths.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Voted most likely to end up with an STD by his classmates, all were surprised to see Bo in the vestments of a Catholic priest at their 25th reunion.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Harry was handsome, debonair, a real man about town, so much so that folks often forgot he was a monkey.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The searchlight swept over her, but no matter how much Brandy yelled and waved her arms, her would-be rescuers passed her by.

Friday, December 6, 2013

That night, sleeping on $1,000 sheets, Phil wondered when the shoe would drop and he would once again be living out on the street.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

They tore open the box to find not cash, but a smaller container with the international symbol for radiation stamped on the top in a garish yellow paint. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Their vacation to the sunny south of France was a wind-whipped, soggy misadventure.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ralph was a painter who hated artists, a poet who despised poesy, a gentleman farmer who disliked animals and plants.

Monday, December 2, 2013

I stood in a darkened corner of the school yard, achingly aware of my patched, second-hand clothing and what I imagined was the smell of poverty clinging to me.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

She hated being seen unless dressed to the nines, hair and make-up perfect, so when Becky accidentally locked herself out of the house that morning before her ablutions, she was forced  to hide out in the yard for the next eight hours waiting for her husband's return.