Reunion

He couldn't help noticing how the woman at the table across the room kept looking at him. She could have been his age, but better preserved. Where age had ravaged...

Sleeping next to a stranger

The alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. and the first thing his wife noticed as that he was still in bed. He always woke up before the alarm and...

A pirate looks at 50

It started with a notice from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), announcing that he would soon be eligible for membership. Then a Statement of Earnings arrived from the...

Raped once, raped twice

Sunday morning. Early. Not too hot yet. Connie Ericsson ignored the few other joggers on the path as she worked up to speed. Five miles. Not much of a workout...

Child’s play

He knocked off work early so he could meet her. When he picked her up, she nudged up next to him in the seat and rubbed the inside of his...

She had to have him

She noticed him on the first day of school. The eyes caught her attention first - dark, smoldering, haunting. Dark hair, nice tight body. The more she thought about him, the...

Season of dread

Unlike a lot of people, Patsy Ellington hates the Christmas holidays. The holidays mean more phone calls, more long hours and more stress dealing with more people who just...

Going broke on a million a year

At 10:30 on a rainy Friday morning in a Maryland civil courtroom, George and Sally sat and listened as a bankruptcy judge parceled out what little was left of...

A life that wasn’t there

It started with a Christmas card. "Thinking of you," the card said. Talk about a voice from the past. A simple card, nearly 35 years after that day in high school...

Suddenly, they were gone

He had been out of touch, away from phones and civilization, working on a job that took him deep into far away places. So he was surprised when two men...