Excerpt from Love’s Amazing Grace
“That little tail hook is supposed to slow your jet and help it stop, but you must have lost it in combat.”
“Don’t know. Only know it was gone,” Jack chuckled.
“Your bomber ran smack-dad into all the docked planes before it stopped and you couldn’t aim it any other direction. What an explosion! Started several planes on fire, including yours. Made Captain Buckmaster a little upset.”
“More than a little upset,” Jack slapped his knee. “Thought I was headed straight into the ocean.”
“You’re lucky we got you out in time. You could have been burnt to a crisp.”
Jack suddenly turned somber, his quirky grin gone. “Yeah. I know.”
“It had to be really scary,” said one of the guys. “Bombs exploding and planes shooting at you.”
Both men nodded. “We thought we were going to die out there,” Jack admitted. Continue reading Haunting Memories
EXCERPT FROM LOVE LOOKS BACK
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He thought he had overcome his emotions, but coming back to Tekamah tore off old scabs and reopened old wounds. He drummed the steering wheel as he drove, a myriad of thoughts whirling through his troubled brain. He drove aimlessly with no sense of direction – out of town, past the Johnson estate, past Wheeler’s farm, and found himself again on the dirt path of the old homestead. It was a good place to think.
Frank circled the old shack their family used to call home. Apparently, no one lived in it since they left. The roof had begun to cave in, some of the dirt-encrusted windows were broken, and he couldn’t remember if the shack had ever been painted. It was more in shambles than when he and his six siblings left ten years before, if that were possible. He parked the car, got out, and surveyed the property again. He kicked at the dirt in disgust. How did we ever live in this dump? Continue reading A Clue in the Old Barn