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He was one fellow you would not want to tassel with (435 views)
Carnival Parade
Photo Posted Monday, June 16, 2008

(2008) 24th Street, San Francisco, California

© 2008 Bryan Costales
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The man in the mask seemed almost harmless because of the tassels. He was tall and leaned over Brenda Wills a bit too close. His breath smelled of cheap wine and cigarettes. "Gimme a dollar," he said.

"You're not homeless," she said. Her voice didn't quaver.

"Gimme a dollar," the man said louder. A bit of food appeared on his lip. He didn't lick it away.

"Stand up straight," Brenda said in her sternest voice. "Don't lean over me. That's rude."

The man stood straight but wobbled. He lolled his head to one side and glared down at her. "Gimme a dollar."

"I'll give you a dollar for your mask."

He looked at her with one eye closed. "What mask?"

"You're wearing a mask."

"I am?" The man felt his face. "I am!"

"I'll give you five dollars for the mask."

"Okay." The man pulled the mask off his head and handed it to Brenda.

The mask smelled foul. "Just drop it on the ground."

"Gimme a dollar."

Breanda pulled a twenty from her purse and held it out to the man. "Here's twenty and you can keep the change."

The man dropped the mask and tried to seize the twenty from her hand. His aim was unsteady and he missed the first time, and barely grasped it the second time.

The man stood straight again. "Where did I get a mask?" He turned from Brenda as if she had vanished. "Where did I get a mask?"

Brenda pulled a collapsable grocery bag from her purse. She inverted it and used the inside to grab the mask. She remembered once picking up dog poo using the same technique.

The man continued to shuffle away down the sidewalk. "Where did I get a mask?"

Brenda watched him until he reached the corner by the alley. He turned and disappeared around the corner. His voice echoed. "Where did I get a mask?"

Brenda turned to leave. She heard the man from the alley yell, "Oh yeah!"

Brenda smiled.

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Dog is my co-pilot (629 views)
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(68 of 341) "What do you mean I must like dogs?" Bob Brisket had driven to pick up Sue Sontag for a date. He'd made the mistake of pulling past her --distracted as he was by her outfit-- and squealed to a stop
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(69 of 341) Shard Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Mole Son Of Whisker was the youngest of twenty sons. They'd walked for three days behind the ox cart that carried their three mothers and two sisters. Father
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(70 of 341) Late Idea Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Ezra Lewis leaned on the fore-rail of Hornblower Princess. He felt too full from the Christmas meal he'd just eaten. Turkey with dressing and pie. He felt
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(71 of 341) Greener Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales "Look at all those steps," Al Pawnski said to his ten year old daughter Luna. "I bet they sure make it easy to get up." "Those aren't steps, Dad. Those are
by Terry Costales
(72 of 341) The Bubble Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales B'fatz Slowtooth threw the switch to begin the test. A large lens-like window appeared and the few representatives from The Counsel made a satisfying
by Bryan Costales
(73 of 341) Yellow was a Bay Quacker, one of a few early models of robot tour vehicles. He awoke at exactly the same time every morning. And every morning he looked at himself in his fender mounted
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(74 of 341) Means Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Brad Nipoline looked for a broom handle to knock down the bird houses. His sister Breeze wanted to keep them. But the garage and garden shed had been
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(75 of 341) Frank Sitrow sipped beer and waved at the departing boat. "You must be feeling pretty good," his friend and buddy, Wayne Lutzowitz, said. The two men leaned on the rear rail of the small
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(76 of 341) Reborn Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Brenda Mendoza became aware that the sun had just set. Just like that. The sun had set and she stood on a platform in a dark room. She looked around a
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(77 of 341) Stella Tsaf noticed she was talking awfully fast, so she stopped. She listened to her friends chatting around her and they sounded normal. Stella spoke again and felt like she was rattling out words
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(78 of 341) Eight pairs of shoes were neatly laid out on the shelf. One pair of clean white socks was tucked into each left shoe. Burt Klintin faced day one of his confinement. "Stupid bet," he said. His only
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(79 of 341) Nancy Freundlich took her two Irish wolfhound puppies, Donner and Blitzen, to all the fairs and festivals. They were just too cute for words, and provided her the means to meet people. That's how
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(80 of 341) Gloria Waxman held baby Jill in her arms. They wore soft white cotton robes and stood inside a glass-walled booth. The booth was about twice the size of a telephone booth. Above her face, inside the
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(81 of 341) The train, the sign told her, would be five minutes late. Dina Sontag set her lone suitcase by a bench and sat down. She had plenty of time. The transfer in Stuttgart to the Berlin train left twenty
Mid-Block (460 views)
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(82 of 341) Bryan and Terry were dressed to the nines in tux and gown. They stood mid block, waiting for traffic to clear so they could jay walk. They had tickets to Man of La Mancha and were running a bit
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(83 of 341) Bad Penny Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Nick Moore had received a text message from his sister, so he snuck out to meet her at Parque Esplaña. He was early, so he sat on a bench in the
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(84 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek Fire came upon a room that, at last, appeared restful. A chair and small table sat against a wall under windows covered with horizonal sticks.
by Bryan Costales
(85 of 341) Pink Ribbon Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Nora Samuels drove back from college because her brother's daughter, her niece Becky, was lost. Her brother, Bill, greeted her at the front door of
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(86 of 341) "Thank the god's, sunlight at long last." Walking Feet didn't actually say those words, he thought them. Walking Feet was a package of bones, long ago wrapped in many layers of leather and
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(87 of 341) Scratchy Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Raul Guerro and his wife Irma strolled hand-in-hand through the small park at sunset. They'd been married only one month and were on their way to celebrate
by Terry Costales
(88 of 341) What it smelled Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales "What do you suppose it smells?" Deb Maximillian asked really-old mother. "Money, or a bad day at the races." Deb's mother, Fran, was in her high
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(89 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Doug Goshkin heard a boom from the back of the railroad museum. Because he was a kid, he looked around to see if his folks had heard the boom. But they
by Bryan Costales
(90 of 341) The last photo we ever saw of dad was sent to us in an unmarked envelope postmarked Stuttgart, Germany. It showed him mounting the steps into the train station. A large clock overhead showed the
by Terry Costales
(91 of 341) Today's episode, copyright 2008 Bryan Costales, continues yesterday's story Creek walked among the children naming them. He would stop by each where he and the child would study each other.
by Bryan Costales
(92 of 341) Not A Quitter Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Pat Barnstormski began to jog, she told her friends, so that she could get back into shape. She jogged daily for a month, then ran in the Bay
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(93 of 341) Almost sunset, almost home. Jersey Framer hitched her collar higher against the fog's cold and watched San Francisco approach. Almost there. If it were not for the children, Jersey believed, the
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(94 of 341) Donna Woke Up Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Purely on a whim she peeled her first orange and ate it in pieces. Before that, she'd sliced an orange with a knife, a technique taught her by her
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(95 of 341) Henry Zwolf was certain the two musicians would dual. Henry was not a great judge of character, nor was he prone to say much at all. Henry found the easy road through life to be that of a
by Terry Costales
(96 of 341) Parasol From Earth Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The patched parasol was Mona Blue's favorite possession, that and her big purse. The parasol was better than sunscreen in the thin atmosphere of
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(97 of 341) Carol Donley and Vince Westerman were teenagers and artists. They liked to just hang out under the road along Pleasanton's Centennial Trail. Carol was into odor art, like perfumery but broader.
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(98 of 341) "Damn," Charlene Tahcigam muttered on her way home. She'd lost her bus pass and all her cash so had to walk home. The sun had risen an hour ago, but Sunday morning found south of Market still
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(99 of 341) "So children," Miss Jillian the teacher said. She pointed again at the picture of a monkey on the back of a camel's saddle. "What is the moral of the Aesop's story about the monkey and the
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(100 of 341) Art Shoes Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Soma Sousa was older than his brother Doug by four years, but was also a foot shorter and frail. Soma always thought they had different dads but their Mom
by Bryan Costales
(101 of 341) "Yo, that's some green hair. Whatcha gonna do? Smoke it?" Danny Dixon was always such an ass. He stood almost seven feet tall when he didn't slouch. He played on the basketball team, and was
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(102 of 341) Dan Drew knew he was in trouble when he looked at the globe of the world and he had no idea what he was looking at. "That can't be South America," he said. As he spoke he smelled his own breath and
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(103 of 341) Envy Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Mo Sousa watched his older brother Dan ride a motorcycle out their drive. Mo had a look of envy on his face. His brother rode a new motorcycle. Mo bumped the
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(104 of 341) Windy Breeze and her brother Doubtful Reason had been exploring the city since early morning. The city was clean and white and empty of life. It sparkled as if new, despite being many years older
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(105 of 341) I am retired from the recycled steel game. Back then I was always amused by good steel being misused as decoration. On our various trips through Europe, I would too often see steel used for lattice
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(106 of 341) Strawberry Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Jane Diggens wanted to eat better. Pizza, mac and cheese, and burgers, she feared, were going to ruin her son. So that Saturday after laundry and
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(107 of 341) Be A Clown Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales When Dave Pickens was a boy, his father played the Cole Porter song, "Be A Clown." over and over until his mother finally broke the record, "By
by Bryan Costales
(108 of 341) Snooped Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Len Svinsk sat in the third row back, next to the taciturn girl from the States. What was her name? Nancy? The van bumped and rocked over a gravel road on
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(109 of 341) Joan and her pre-teen daughter Margo quietly watched the lions pace at the Karlsruhe zoo. They were inside because the morning was still early and the outside exhibits had not yet opened. "Look at
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(110 of 341) bZilboly47 materialized in the air slightly above a heavily constructed area on the third planet of the 1932-965-2E5 system. Below he found underway a celebration of sorts. bZilboly47 dropped lower
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(111 of 341) Madding Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales They called her Madding, because she always avoided crowds. She wandered the nights always overdressed with layers of clothes to remain warm. She always
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(112 of 341) Only a few knew the myth, and those few considered it a fact. One such believer was Henry Winkle, a book seller in Karlsruhe, Germany. The long awaited phone call came at three in the
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(113 of 341) Lucky Stick Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Billy Fallon was an eleven-year-old with a lucky stick. Well not a stick exactly, more like a twig. It wasn't strong enough to use as a cane and was too
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(114 of 341) Damn You Ace Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The view from the cemetery had always seemed just too spectacular for words. Fran Corbran walked up the hill one last time before flying back to the
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(115 of 341) Girly Hair Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Young Joey Louga sat on the steps below a huge dome and wept. His older brother had called him a sissy. "Girly boy," his brother had taunted. "With long
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(116 of 341) On warm afternoons, Hans Ledom liked to sit on the bench in front of his house. There he would lean on his cane and watch the people walking past. Occasionally, a walker would pause and point a
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(117 of 341) Stupid Bird Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Jill Tuffwull watched her husband Frank approach the picnic table. A heavy cooler in each hand made him stoop. To her eye, that bend accentuated his
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(118 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek asked the projection, "Why do the children understand Pebble, and I do not?" The projected woman said, "One moment." She vanished. Another
Egress To Birds (645 views)
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(119 of 341) Wendy Roy exited the Sacramento Amtrak station when an elderly woman in a bright pink sweater just stopped in front of her. Wendy stopped too and a man bumped her from behind. "Don't stop in a
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(120 of 341) Ellie and her dad liked to dress up resembling the French detective Clouseau. Her dad's mustache was real, albeit augmented upon occasion with black cotton. Ellie's was always fake. She, and a
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(121 of 341) Minny Regles roamed the Farmer's Market with her mother and oldest daughter. Her daughter, Chicago Dandor, still used Minny's first husband's last name. Her daughter was a thirty-something and still
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(122 of 341) An earthquake rattled the town just before dawn. Brook of Sandy-Beach ran to the edge of town to get out from under anything that might fall. There she met Stone of Distant-Thunder, her
Chipped Fairy (454 views)
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(123 of 341) Little Sally Saltnick stood with her mother outside the junk store window. Sally lived in a magical city somewhere in the west. "Look," Sally said to her mother. "A fairy, a fairy. Can I have
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(124 of 341) Only four of the travelers were allowed awake at a time. It was a great honor, and a necessary one, because the starship needed constant care. Toni5 and Bill34 alternated their time with the other
by Bryan Costales
(125 of 341) Mr. Blanque Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Mr. Blanque wandered the city. He didn't know why he wandered nor did he remember how he came to be in the city in the first place. In fact, his last
Ball Noses (513 views)
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(126 of 341) Every Saturday night, the elders of Church of Gea would gather all the balls and globes in town and lock them up. It was, under their religion, forbidden to play or study with any likeness of the
by Terry Costales
(127 of 341) Then and Now Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Noah Fitzlander was a photographer of the old school. He shot large format stills of classic buildings using an antique 4x5 view camera. Of course,
by Bryan Costales
(128 of 341) James Dorfs had turned 64 just that summer, but his mind fled years before. Bad alcohol they thought. Or maybe siphoning gas. "Yes, yes. I'm wrong. I remember now. It was bowling balls. Yeah, that's
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(129 of 341) Damn You Wang Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Randel Cogsan remembered a picture of himself on the Internet back when there was an Internet. He wore a fireman's hat while touring a sailing
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(130 of 341) What A Place Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The lit sign over the door touted, "Become Your Dream. Super hero, cartoon character, mythologic creature, any or all for a small fee." Drew Tunderman
Puddle In Pothole (698 views)
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(131 of 341) Ace reporter, Jerry Watchly, was hit by the death ray and reduced to a puddle in asphalt. "Hey," objected Billy. "That's not fair. How can I finish the story when your turn does that?" "Lack of
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(132 of 341) Inverted Planet Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The new planet was full of surprises. Dave Hogan marveled at the soft lip of the horse-like creature, when the creature opened its mouth and bit off
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(133 of 341) Time meant everything to Carl Reizentour. Literally everything. Carl turned the corner, just past the kitchen and entered the corridor that led to the restrooms. That one footstep took him from a
Posh Posh (617 views)
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(134 of 341) Wendy and Rick Locke approached the houseboat at the end of the narrow dock with trepidation. They didn't know what to expect. Whenever they bought an item off craigslist, the trip to pick it up was
Sub-Sub-Basement (455 views)
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(135 of 341) When the elevator opened in the sub-sub-basement, Bob Temple stepped off and found himself in a long, dim corridor. He heard the elevator close behind him and said, "Strange. I didn't know this
by Bryan Costales
(136 of 341) Video Nut Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales As a young boy, Dole Eppler believed he was God's gift to music. On his sixteenth birthday, Dole concluded he was a musical maladroit who couldn't play
by Bryan Costales
(137 of 341) Six Holes Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Brothers Sam and Larry Stackworthy stood next to each other at the long metal urinal and peed into it. "Odd window," Sam said. "Six holes like a pool
by Bryan Costales
(138 of 341) Idiota Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales "I tell you," Rodney Weighter said to the checkout lady. She didn't appear to speak English but that didn't deter Rodney. He felt that everyone should speak
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(139 of 341) Grace Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The Devil assumed the guise of a young boy and stood at the entry of a small town's church. A man walked up. "Why are you standing out here. Are your parents
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(140 of 341) "Isn't this nice," Sandy Wilson said to her husband Bob. "The way they emulated Moorish architecture." Bob hadn't been right in the head since the "Incident," of some years prior. He took off his
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(141 of 341) Two Flags Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales A bucket of souvenir-sized American flags rested just to the left of the hardware store's front door. To the right were stacked sacks of fertilizer. An
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(142 of 341) At Four Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Duncan Reese stood on the cold loading dock and watched a workman, who knelt on the floor, refill fire extinguishers. Duncan had recently become Junior
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(143 of 341) He Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Wendy Franks, on her twenty-ninth birthday, traveled with her Grandmother (who she called Grams) to Atlanta for a funeral. The day was lovely and not too hot, so
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(144 of 341) Boiling Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Zeno Darrunda stood by a fence at the far corner of a pier and felt his blood boiling. His mother had been the first to say that phrase. Whenever he got
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(145 of 341) Henry Wösig contemplated opening his umbrella in the light but cool rain. He hesitated, because he would just have to fold it again when the trolley arrived. Umbrellas were just a bother. From
Rightmost Door (417 views)
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(146 of 341) Carley Bennet bore her wealth and advanced age well. She dismissed the nurse from her aged mother's room and stood holding a child decorated box of old photographs in her hands. She placed the box
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(147 of 341) Brenda Bostly called herself, "BB," or was it, "B Bos?" She waited as she did every day for her son to emerge prancing out of school. She didn't realize she had no son. She didn't realize the school
by Terry Costales
(148 of 341) Yellow Sea Horse Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Several sea horses were on display in a clean, well lit aquarium. One was a bright yellow. While most floated upright, the yellow sea horse flipped
by Bryan Costales
(149 of 341) Sitting around the Remembering Circle, it became old Jeffrey's turn to speak. He lowered the fur wrap from his mouth and felt the bitter cold sting his lips. Wood for fire was running low and nobody
by Bryan Costales
(150 of 341) Pillows For Sale Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales James Maxwell walked the edge of the deserted Interstate. He walked alone, one of many all walking south towards a warmer climate, each spaced well
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(151 of 341) Three Dots Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Gina Zarchroff broke the teen barrier a scant two weeks earlier on her thirteenth birthday. So it was with new maturity and chagrin that she walked her
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(152 of 341) Karl Zeiletz was a crooked man. Because of lower back problems that always caused him pain, he walked with his torso in a S shape. "What could be more appropriate," he asked himself as he walked
by Bryan Costales
(153 of 341) White Bread Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Dan Granger recently inherited nine million dollars of farmland just north of Goodland, Kansas. Ruth Bixbe had been born in Kansas but now studied
by Terry Costales
(154 of 341) Snapshot Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Alex TheWhistle found the old snapshot behind the rail yard. The picture had been lovingly wrapped in faded pink cotton, and outside that, had been wrapped
Un-Wined (547 views)
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(155 of 341) The late afternoon sun cast shadow light across the marina. Betty and her pal Paula were late because two accidents had impeded the bridge traffic. Betty felt frazzled. Paula felt the worries of the
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(156 of 341) Jane Wing asked the woman next to her, "Will this signal ever change?" "There was a flash, there," the woman pointed at a round plate in the center of the road. "Then the signal got stuck. It's
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(157 of 341) Mr. Velvet Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The four Morrow sisters were on their way home from Costa Rica. Emma, Ella, Esther, and Bonnie. Bonnie was the youngest by a year and had a different
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(158 of 341) The Antique Baseball Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The antique baseball rested in the dark, on a gold pedestal inside a glass dome, on a shelf, inside a sealed room, behind a bricked over wall,
by Bryan Costales
(159 of 341) Muscles Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales After school, Juan Batists lead his most recent girlfriend, Mora Dimoster, to a wall covered in posters. "How about this band?" Juan asked. He pointed to a
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(160 of 341) Sally McPhano was very old. She sat on the back of an San Francisco bound ferry wrapped in her warmest coat. She watched a sailboat in the distance traveling the other way. "That's like my life,"
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(161 of 341) Joe Alaska Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales They called him Joe Alaska, the folks on the island that is. Joe was from Alaska, a long, long time before. That's why he took his daily walk in the
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(162 of 341) Sunburn Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Deb McStown had dreamt the same dream over and over all week. Her brother Roger, who was to leave for college next week, tried to diagnose her dream every
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(163 of 341) A then B Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Fenton Phillips liked to ride his bike, point at people, and laugh. He never laughed to be mean. He laughed because people were funny. Just this morning,
by Bryan Costales
(164 of 341) Red Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The laser pointer shook, so young Ann McFridae braced it with stones. She desperately needed to talk to her friend Sally Tu, but didn't want to phone because
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(165 of 341) Sugar Water Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Born the same year as the fall of civilization, Noah Featherman worked and lived in the Commune, the only life he had ever known. His job was to turn
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(166 of 341) The "I Can Walk On Water" disease struck so many that they had to shut down access to the river. As the disease spread, lakes and ponds became closed. The strange sickness moved through France,
by Bryan Costales
(167 of 341) What's A Wooden Indian? Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Young Carl Heplin wanted to fly jet planes. "You'll make a great writer," is what his father always told him. They'd just finished sharing
by Bryan Costales
(168 of 341) Kelp Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Little Tommy Dangreto was always the preferred target of his two older brothers. Mel, the second oldest, was just plain mean. Andy, the oldest, drew the line
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(169 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek had found some packages labeled, "Instant coffee." Mixed with warm water the taste was bitter, but had a similar effect to the purple drink he'd
by Bryan Costales
(170 of 341) Lucky Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales They broke through the ice, just to find someplace out of the wind. Stone's wife was with-child and she appeared to suffer when the icy wind gusted. The
by Terry Costales
(171 of 341) Mightier Then The Pen Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Sally Yee had always been taught by her father, Sam Yee, that, sure, the pen is mightier than the sword, but silence is even mightier than the
by Bryan Costales
(172 of 341) Emma Jones, at 75 years, was fearful of most anything. She feared falling. She feared food too large to swallow. She feared traffic and bicycles of all kinds. She feared big dogs and little dogs
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(173 of 341) A poet and an artist were on their way to the train station for holiday. Carrying overnight bags, they descended the steps leading to a tunnel under a busy road. There the artist stopped. "Wait,"
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(174 of 341) Rich Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Rob Phlems got mildly tanked nightly at the Sour Barrel on Beach Road. Just drunk enough to drive home, as he liked to phrase it. But on Tuesday night, as he
Green Events (504 views)
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(175 of 341) Harmless Fun Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Matt Wintergrune rode his bicycle every Sunday for exercise and health. Sunday last, he rode through the Presidio grounds and down to Crissy field.
by Bryan Costales
(176 of 341) But Instead She Said Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Young Ann Miller liked jewelry. Her younger brother Sam, liked magic. Her mother liked puppets, and her dad liked baseball. Ann saw the puppet
A reflecting pool (583 views)
by Bryan Costales
(177 of 341) The reflection was perfect. Jerry Five had been born and raised on the moon and had never seen such a broad expanse of water before. He knelt down and looked across the reflecting pool with
Thawed Cat (477 views)
by Bryan Costales
(178 of 341) One day, long, long ago, a cat slept on the deck of a boat. Back then, it was not uncommon for Medusa to stroll among mortals. Her snakes were mere worms, so by keeping her head covered, she
by Bryan Costales
(179 of 341) In 2010 the cost of gasoline hit $12.00 per gallon. Geo Adnoh decided on that day to park his old car at the back of his apartment building. He looked at it, swore he would never drive again, then
by Bryan Costales
(180 of 341) Overslept Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Raul Gomez overslept and was late to work again. He rode his bike onto the hotel grounds and parked it by hastily leaning it against a handy palm tree.
by Bryan Costales
(181 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek Fire and his large dog Pebble rested for a day. The second afternoon a man opened the door and leaned in. "All ready for your next step?" he
by Terry Costales
(182 of 341) Earth-2 Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Gloria Waxman was the first on the bus with her baby girl Jill. Her town was furthest from the transfer station. Others volunteers would board, she was
by Bryan Costales
(183 of 341) Sue Dally celebrated her fiftieth birthday at home with her younger sister Ann. They sipped pinot noir from old crystal and thumbed through a pile of photographs on the living room carpet. "Here it
by Bryan Costales
(184 of 341) Rubble Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Rita and Bob Samuelson leaned on the low fence and looked at the rubble. Bob spoke first. Rita expected Bob to always speak first. She was never tempted to
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(185 of 341) "How long have we been stuck here?" young Nellie Erusserp asked her mom. "I gotta pee." "An hour and thirty-five minutes," Ben Erusserp, her dad, said. "Nope make that an hour and thirty-six
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(186 of 341) The Studio Mirror Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Alice sat in her wicker chair and sipped green tea. What a night the night before had been. Wine at first. Then whiskey. And Doug. Or was his name
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(187 of 341) Dancing Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Lunch at the Streetfront Restaurant on the second story of the New Montgomery Hotel was always delicious. And it didn't hurt that the senior menu was
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(188 of 341) They danced the night away. Each so in love with the other that nothing could possible intrude into their universe. Unknown to them, however, the lamp overhead was a camera. Every kiss, every
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(189 of 341) Grandfather Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Let me tell you about a conference I attended in the mid 90's. It was at lunch on the second day. I sat at a table with two men and a woman. I recall
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(190 of 341) Photos Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Sometimes on Sundays, young Jerome Wrinkson would pull open the bottom drawer of the china cabinet and look at old photos haphazardly arranged. He looked at
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(191 of 341) Bad Beer Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Dave McGee was thirsty in the heat. He drank a manly swallow of Imperial beer. It was cool, having been iced. He smacked his lips and smiled sensing fun.
Posted Rules (378 views)
by Bryan Costales
(192 of 341) Wendy was at the carousel with two friends and the French daughter of her parent's friends. The French girl's name was Eva and she spoke pretty good English. The other two girls, Donna and Sue were
by Bryan Costales
(193 of 341) John was a man with three last names. For most of his life named John Lobonski, he now struggled to pull his horse, named Tinfoil, aboard the horse trailer. "Git up," he said. "Come on now. Load
by Bryan Costales
(194 of 341) Fluffy Ass Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Dan McLent was reincarnated as a statue. He thought he had it made. A nice room in a nice home, probably surrounded by wealth. A big change from his
by Bryan Costales
(195 of 341) The old, abandoned hospital was full of operating equipment, chemicals, and powerful drugs. Knives, saws, and cutters of all sorts littered counters, tables and floors. The hospital was a
by Bryan Costales
(196 of 341) Fussy Bucket Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales His wife called him a, "Fussy Bucket." Dave Manx managed a restaurant and drove his employees crazy. If it wasn't dust found in the most obscure
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(197 of 341) Dotti Fernandez and Buzz Huffs had dated for almost a year. On outings and around town they developed the habit of serving as each other's chair back. On a bare sitting surface, one without a normal
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(198 of 341) Margie Butternert and her teenage daughter Sue browsed the little gift shop. Like the entire museum, it too was dimly lit and a little dusty. Margie thumbed through faded antique cards while Sue
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(199 of 341) Kenny Whips had one of those leaky pipes they talked about in the commercials on television. When he had to pee, that was it, period. He had to pee right now. Kenny had avoided drinking anything
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(200 of 341) Little Billy Cutter didn't like fish. His mother thought he was just being silly. His dad would often become angry and say, "Eat what's on your plate and like it." One afternoon, his folks took him
Stout Steel (480 views)
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(201 of 341) Steve and Stuart Eisen were into the stoutness of steel. The brothers were on a bicycle tour (riding aluminum bikes, go fig) around the great state of California. They intended to visit all things
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(202 of 341) Nat and Dave Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The truck was just where he had left it. A terrible rain. He'd parked his truck and ran to a nearby restaurant for shelter. Nat Biggs was tall and
by Denver Welte
(203 of 341) Goofy Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Gil Duffy leaned on a bridge railing in Disneyland and thought back on his life. He remembered his last trip overseas all those long years ago. He remembered
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(204 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek Fire found many more side rooms in this corridor. The stone texture of the corridor walls prevented him from noticing any until he was upon one.
by Bryan Costales
(205 of 341) Joan Filbert remembered the stage, half built for the play "Yerma," by Federico Garcia Lorca. The sound of hammers and saws, the smell of paint. "Turn out all the lights. Just leave that one on,"
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(206 of 341) The night before had been brutal. Ranji Kappon kept joining his hands as if blessing the crowds, but really he was still a bit sick. Ranji had walked down Irving toward the open-open corner store
Mental Energy (415 views)
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(207 of 341) Wayne the sea gull was flying alongside a boat when something stopped him in mid air. He just hung there, suspended and helpless. All he could think was, "!!." Evil genius Jesse had recently
by Bryan Costales
(208 of 341) Member When Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Dan Fastern thought a Troika was a Russian horse with three legs. Nancy Wells knew better and told him it was a carriage pulled by three horses. Bill
by Bryan Costales
(209 of 341) On her eleventh birthday, Delta Mellodi's father gave her a single sip of champagne. It tasted tart. Delta celebrated her twenty-first birthday on a Bay cruise with her friends and parents. She
by Terry Costales
(210 of 341) Today's episode, copyright 2008 Bryan Costales, continues yesterday's story Creek led Firstboy and Pebble through the now-abandoned first building. It was dark and smelled damp. "How can I fight
Creepy Crawlies (500 views)
by Bryan Costales
(211 of 341) Dr. Dan Flemmer, or at least he recalled once being a doctor. Dr. Dan Flemmer awoke wrapped in cardboard on the sidewalk under a bright, too bright, mural. "Great God almighty," he said, as he set
by Bryan Costales
(212 of 341) Ten year old Klaus Kaltmann was taken by his mother to view free art. He remembered what his mother had told him just that morning. "Art should be felt. If you look at art and feel nothing, the art
clowngirl (453 views)
by Bryan Costales
(213 of 341) Mary Turgen's handle on the makeadate.com web site was clowngirl. She had arranged to meet her date, a shaggy haired lad named Dave, whose handle on that dating site was nonbeliever. She waited at
by Terry Costales
(214 of 341) Hope Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Ed Saloux rested in a rocking chair on the back porch of the Senior Home. Over his lap spread a small knit blanket donated by good folks he didn't know. Ed
by Denver Welte
(215 of 341) The Doorway Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The man guarding him turned his back. Jeff Hayjack was ten years old and was beginning to feel a little chilled. He watched the man from the dimness just
by Terry Costales
(216 of 341) Film Me Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Tornado Umanta stopped and glared at her dad again. He was pissing her off. Every time she looked he was filming the other girls in the parade, and not
by Bryan Costales
(217 of 341) Mote Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales He was a mote. Smaller, he believed, than the one in God's eye. Once his name had been Golden Frey Habinger and he had owned all the land anyone could see from
by Bryan Costales
(218 of 341) The explosion surprised everyone on board. Danny Gloman rushed outside and found a place on the rail to lean and watch. "What blew up?" Danny asked. An older gentleman next to Danny spoke without
by Bryan Costales
(219 of 341) Bananas Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales "How about a banana?" The question got Abe Wiscouski thinking. Abe wrote "non-fiction" books, so tended to over-think the simplest of
by Bryan Costales
(220 of 341) Basta Jolinni, in the darkness before dawn, found the back door to his cafe unlocked and partly open. The words, "I been robbed," leapt from his lips before he could stop them. Worried the
by Bryan Costales
(221 of 341) Deja Vous Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The grass was just too damn soft. Or he was just too damn tired from a late night. Rick Jameson couldn't decide. He laid on his back, his hands folded
by Bryan Costales
(222 of 341) His curse was to guard a single stairway. Of course that was over a thousand years ago, long before there even was a stairway. Originally he had been named Wandering Weed because of his height. But
by Bryan Costales
(223 of 341) It was overcast and chilly that morning, as he waited. Dixon Millweather was a photographer who sometimes doubled as the right arm for a private detective. Today he was supposed to pretend to take
by Bryan Costales
(224 of 341) The Smell Of Coffee Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The written directions were hen scratches again, almost impossible to read. "Damn Neanderthals and their seniority," the ghost of Jack Fenn
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(225 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek walked into the cool, shaded room to see how Pebble was doing. The old dog was six hundred years old, and near the end of his life. He had been
by Bryan Costales
(226 of 341) A Bump In Time Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The bus bumped over the narrow bridge causing Hank Granger to wake up. "Where are we?" he asked. He lifted his SF Giants baseball hat, the bill
by Bryan Costales
(227 of 341) Their neighborhood had succumbed to a wave of graffiti, which upset Norma Slizika no end. "Damn it all to hell," she would lament to her husband as they walked to their places of work, "The place
by Denver Welte
(228 of 341) Let's Go Smoke Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Dean Planzo chewed tobacco but didn't like the way it made his teeth look. Then he tried a pipe, but that made him look like a professor and he hated
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(229 of 341) Rootbeer Barrel Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Bob Smalls and his son Andy were sharing a Saturday afternoon walk. The sun was encompassing and warm, and Quepos was quiet. Bob's wife, he
by Bryan Costales
(230 of 341) Wendy Bergen felt her cellphone vibrate so she answered it. "Hi Lina," she said. It was her stepmother. Wendy was parked outside high school waiting to pick up her daughter, Susan. The day was hot
by Terry Costales
(231 of 341) The Poke Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Granny tapped the glass of the old-style computer monitor. Her heavily ringed finger sparkled. "It looks like you're poking that man," she said, her voice
by Terry Costales
(232 of 341) Just Tea Then Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Every day since what the pundits called, "The End Of Days," the three Blanque sisters would stand on their porch and watch the goings on in the street
by Bryan Costales
(233 of 341) Joes Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Joe Hamash drove a taxi. After the election he had a low opinion of plumbers named Joe and said so to his passengers. "You heard of Joe the Plumber?" he asked
by Bryan Costales
(234 of 341) Tom Deismond was a superb chess player with a gimmick. He had developed the skill of holding his hand up, as if to make a point, and freezing it in place. No matter what he said, nor how he
by Bryan Costales
(235 of 341) Cool David Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales David Gapps didn't see or hear the truck overturn. It was too far up the hill and around a bend. And besides, the day was too hot and too humid. David
by Bryan Costales
(236 of 341) Berger Stamreul awoke and crawled to his knees inside his cardboard box. He scratched because he itched like crazy. All at once, the air around him seemed to speed by like a roaring jet. Berger
by Bryan Costales
(237 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story The new assistant grew into a young woman, living up to her name, CloudLining, because she always offered all she met a profound hope. Creek spent many
by Bryan Costales
(238 of 341) Descent Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The descent into Hell isn't so bad. Or so Tim Nonan thought. Tropical and warm sure, but no flames. No devils with pitchforks. Just stairs. Lots of
by David Graves
(239 of 341) Heavy Bob Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Bob the seagull --just like all seagulls-- would eat anything. Fish tasted best, of course. But bread, cardboard, and shiny bits of this and that could be
by Bryan Costales
(240 of 341) Chair George Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Ron Greysmyth had been in grammar school when his Granddad died. The folks bundled he and his older sister up for a visit to his Grandma. Ron
by Bryan Costales
(241 of 341) "Mommy. That monkey looks like grandpa." "It's not a monkey. It's a marmoset." "It still looks like grandpa. All hairy and small." "How many times have I told you not to talk badly about
by Bryan Costales
(242 of 341) Frieda Alwerken rode her bike home after a terrible night out. She'd woken in a strange house, curled against the side of a cold fireplace, her blouse crusted with her own vomit. As she peddled she
by Bryan Costales
(243 of 341) Carol peered down the road at the starting gate. "I guess this is the closest we can get." Ted had knelt down and was stuffing his camera back into its case. "This situation stinks." "I know. I
by Bryan Costales
(244 of 341) Early Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales "There's the house," Bess told him. Bess was his girlfriend of one month. Ed had never been there before but thought it an awfully showy house for an artist.
by Bryan Costales
(245 of 341) Fred Mc-something Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Daphne Wallenbrook despised parties, yet found herself always invited. She couldn't stand idle small talk, chit-chat, or opinions about
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(246 of 341) Four Screws Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales "Your mind is like an empty bus stop." Al Troudeux finished chewing his Corn Flakes and looked up. The woman was looking at him, waiting. Al cleared
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(247 of 341) "A tramp steamer," she had said. "I'll be leaving on a tramp steamer." Dan Bluex leaned on the cold metal railing of the Golden Gate bridge. He had walked out there every day for the last week
by Bryan Costales
(248 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Alpham awoke to his mother knocking on his bedroom door. Alpham lived with his adopted parents in a bad part of town. The streets were narrow and
by Bryan Costales
(249 of 341) Toby Johansen never thought he would become his father. He never believed he would become the same gruff old man that his father became. Never, he thought, not in a million years. His sister Dotty
by Bryan Costales
(250 of 341) Just A Frog Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Only in a fairy tale is a frog supposed to have once been a prince. Virginia Sackson knew well that fairy tales were just stories, of course. Made up
by Bryan Costales
(251 of 341) New Bell Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Carson Carcón was fat and lazy and he didn't care. He was sixteen, not old enough to drive, and too old to learn how to ride a bicycle. At least
by Bryan Costales
(252 of 341) Young Mikie stood holding his mother's hand and watching the flamingos at the zoo. Mikie knew from television that flamingos were pink because they ate shrimp. "Mom," Mikie asked. "Do flamingos
by Bryan Costales
(253 of 341) Digby Flemming leaned against a railing on the second floor of the indoor mall, and mused. He was seventy years old and found indoor malls, well, just plain wrong. Digby noticed a young boy lean
by Bryan Costales
(254 of 341) iEzat materialized on a hill expecting another dead planet. Instead he found himself looking down on a populated city. He held fast to the surface on which he landed because it was curved. iEzat
by Bryan Costales
(255 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek met Firstboy under the shade of porticos that had been constructed on the lake's shore. They provided an area of meditation, nearest the first
by Terry Costales
(256 of 341) Today's episode, copyright 2008 Bryan Costales, continues yesterday's story Creek stood looking at the birds flying over the glass dome when Snowball pulled on his sleeve. "A door!" Snowball said
Sally's World (453 views)
by Bryan Costales
(257 of 341) Sally Fielding ran up steps to the top deck of the ferry. She found a bench to sit on and sat and pouted. Her parents were going to buy a Sausalito houseboat and that made Sally unhappy. "Why would
by Terry Costales
(258 of 341) Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Gerald Jans was a man of precise habits and a personal schedule. He awoke every morning precisely at six a.m. At nine a.m. he had bathed, dressed and eaten,
by Bryan Costales
(259 of 341) Sousa Albino tried for the third time to text his girlfriend while marching in the Carnival Parade. He completed the message and pressed send. His phone beeped at him again and claimed a network
by Terry Costales
(260 of 341) Jim Spiegal's Last Case Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Jim Spiegal wore the same silly hat. He rode the same cruise boat back, once again at 1:00 in the morning. Jim frowned because this was the
by Terry Costales
(261 of 341) The Phrase Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales May and June Brady were sisters. At thirty, May was the younger by a year and a month. They had just attended a hypnotist show at the Jewish Community
by Bryan Costales
(262 of 341) Looking For Dad Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Bess Castleman and her brother Dutch knew their dad was crazy as a loon. But they never --not even in a million years-- expected to find him dressed
by Bryan Costales
(263 of 341) The Trouble Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The were called Tribbles after the famous Startrek episode that originally showed an infestation of the adorable fuzzy creatures. Mary Silkroad and her
by Bryan Costales
(264 of 341) The Woman Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Joseph Wendegon set the last of the soup cans on a low shelf. He stood and wiped his hands on his apron. The little store was neat, well stocked, and
by Bryan Costales
(265 of 341) Zelda's husband Ace walked with a cane. He generally didn't like to walk all that much, and preferred to ride the trolley whenever possible. As they approached the platform for the U14, Ace asked,
by Bryan Costales
(266 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story Creek Fire walked the long corridor for what felt like days. Whenever he became hungry, he just thought about the fish meal he had eaten and, like
by Bryan Costales
(267 of 341) His Edge Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Ace detective Rod Scales may have finally met his match. Either that or he somehow lost his edge. He rested in a plush sofa in the lobby of the Hyatt
by Bryan Costales
(268 of 341) All had presumed for a century that it was merely an old factory. Nail Monday spent most of his young days exploring the old place, finding fun bits of wire and old coins. Late one
by Bryan Costales
(269 of 341) The note just said, "10:00 at Coca Cola, Kebab, and Pizza, Brauerstraße." That was all. No hint of why, or who, or even the day. Not that this worried Paul and Brenda. They were only in town
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(270 of 341) Today's episode continues yesterday's story The train ran for two days and two nights before at last stopping at a platform much like the first. Creek and his large dog Pebble emerged from the
by Bryan Costales
(271 of 341) Liam Whistled Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales The rain. The night. The warmth in Costa Rica was magic. If he could dance, he would have danced in the rain. If he could sing, he would have sung his
by Bryan Costales
(272 of 341) Pharmaceuticals Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales Tom Reómun and his sister Sal Duncan had different dads but were otherwise similarly rebellious. Tom dyed his hair blue on a dare. Sal wore a
by Bryan Costales
(273 of 341) Diamond Copyright 2008 Bryan Costales "What are you looking for?" Ralph Emerson asked as his wife Sue rummaged through his right coat pocket. "I keep my handkerchief in the left now." "Oh," was
Fake Horse (520 views)
by Bryan Costales
(274 of 341) When Terry's family returned home from their Disneyland vacation, Terry button-holed her mother at once. "Mom," Terry said. "Please don't let anyone see that picture of me on the horse. I would be
by Bryan Costales
(275 of 341) Wendy Wells believed she could perform magic. When someone near her expressed a wish, she would wave a wand, or a finger, or a pencil, or whatever was handy, and would grant the wish. Once she