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ON THAT SPECIAL DAY

  She carried the trash bin into the house and went back to work in the bathroom. Marin hadn’t felt so relaxed since her wedding night exactly ten years ago today. Scrubbing the tub with bleach she realized she was actually humming. It didn’t even bother her to be covered in blood. She picked up three of the soaked towels and shoved them into the bin along with her carving knife. Just one more trip to the hole in the backyard and her husband would be out of the house forever. Marin finally had a reason to celebrate their...
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THE MAN IN BLACK

       The Wanderer Circus Trilogy           It was on a bright, starry night that the traveling circus rolled into town. The temperature was a little chilly, but with a jacket or a heavy sweater it was comfortable. For most people this could be considered a perfect night, a night for sitting on the front porch starring at the stars. For the man dressed in all black, the moonlight would be an unwelcome intrusion into his plan. As he had done at its past two locations in South Carolina, he watched as the circus train came to a...
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THE PERP AND THE PROP

It has been three hours since the children were rushed by ambulance to New Grace County Hospital. Sixteen parents are in differing stages of anxiety, stress and anger as they impatiently await news, any news, on their children. Those who had actually been in attendance at Joey Chevron’s eighth birthday party take turns retelling the events as they remember them to the two police officers taking statements. A team of doctors enter to discuss the conclusions they have made. Their spokeperson says, “We have examined the children. We have done every test we can think of from blood work...
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THE SETUP

The Wanderer Circus Trilogy – Part One                 It was on a bright, starry night that the traveling circus rolled into town. Cheryl Redford was sitting on her back deck when she heard the sound of a train coming down the track. She glanced at her watch to check the time. It was 2:30 in the morning, an odd hour for a train to be running through New Grace.   As the train traveled the tracks by her backyard she did as she always did, she started counting cars. She had counted to four when she noticed the writing...
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WHERE THE EVIDENCE LEADS

The Wanderer Circus Trilogy – Part Three It was a bright starry night and he was just finishing setting up the center ring when he heard the screams coming from across the fairgrounds.  Like everybody else, he dropped what he was doing and ran to see what was going on. The crowd was gathered around the lion tamer.  It was hard to understand what she was saying though the tears, but from what he could make out something was terribly wrong. No one seemed that surprised to find out the fortune teller’s husband was in bed with the ringmaster’s wife....
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