Timmy and the Angry Balloon

    (I started this story a few years ago as a way of helping my nephew see the importance of controlling his temper.  I owe a debt to his older brother, Braden, for a significant idea that improved the plot.) Timmy always loved balloons.  Balloons were his favorite toy.  For as long as he [...]

Underweight- Part IV

  “Maybe we can still try to get to know him a little,” Stacey offered. “Tom, do you still have Mr. Felder’s notebook?” “What?!” Michael exclaimed in disbelief. As Tom pulled out the notebook from his messenger bag, he proceeded to relay the events from the previous night. In doing so, he realized the reason [...]

Underweight- Part III

  Shortly afterwards Tom and Michael left with their minds focused on the mystery of Jonathan Felder and his hatred of rain. The next few days saw plenty of rain and attempts by Tom and Michael to make sense of the questions posed by Felder to Stacey and the mystical answers he had provided. Naturally, [...]

Underweight- Part II

    As Jonathan Felder recounted his love-forsaken youth, Tom and Michael each took another glance at him. “That is definitely a man deep in thought,” Tom surmised. “He looks like he’s so unaware of anything but his contemplations.” “He’s known for that. It’s as if all that matters to him are his random thoughts,” [...]

Underweight- Part I

[This is my longest and most complex short story to date and will be published in 4 parts.  Symbolism plays an important role and is the key to understanding both the story and the title.] “Who’s the strange looking dude in the corner?” Tom asked upon entering A.T.’s Cafe. “Oh, he’s one of those mind-your-own [...]

The Parable of Time’s Redemption

[I consider this to be my first decent short story.  When I finished it, I felt I had grown much as a writer though I was cognizant (and still am) that I have much more to learn.] Crushed. Devastated. Destroyed. Only three of the words he would have chosen to describe the effects of this [...]