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Two men and a woman appeared in a gray corridor. “Did we just travel through time?” Harry winced, rubbing his forehead and looking at the crude plastic-and-glass computer screen on the desk in front of him. He had unconsciously leaned against this desk in the hall the moment he appeared. Dizzy and unsure what had…

The Christopher Estate: Chapter 8

After The world lost two great things on that dark and wet Sunday morning: A mother who knew all the love of her youngest, and a father who loved despite all the ignorance of his eldest. Heath wept bitterly for a long time, while Hawk watched over Luke. When the rain eased and the sun…

The Christopher Estate: Chapter 7

Rain Lightning flashed as Joshua carried Heath down the stairs and across the threshold, into the rain. Though it was still morning, the sky was darkened by angry clouds that seemed to imitate the night. Rain pattered on the old man and the boy, soaking them quickly and rinsing the blood as fast as it…

The Christopher Estate: Chapter 6

Luke Hawk stumbled up to his own front porch rubbing his eyes and yawning, ignoring Heath as he waved goodbye and headed home. From the entrance of his coul de sac Heath spotted it. The last thing expected and the last thing that belonged in the driveway of his mother’s house. Luke’s lime green hatchback…

The Christopher Estate: Chapter 5

Joshua The boys stayed for quite a while, staring and asking one word questions. When the man finally wiped the rest of the blood from his robes, they talked with him, and a few hours into the early morning, and as unbelievable as it may seem, even laughed with him. His eyes were whirlpools to…

The Christopher Estate: Chapter 4

Lanterns Sunday. “There’s a man living up there.” “Not a chance!” Hawk rebutted. “It’s not what you think.” Heath said solemnly. “I can’t believe you went there without me!” “There’s no electricity in the whole place. It’s all lit by lanterns.” “Then how was the phonograph playing?” Hawk replied, “You saw a ghost man! Look…

The Christopher Estate: Chapter 3

Rooms The days crawled by that week and Heath stuck to the business of running to the store for his mom, who was now stuck in bed. But when the nights came he would peer out his window in the direction of that strange estate. From his bedroom, he could see across the neighborhood, between…

The Christopher Estate: Chapter 2

Locked Then Sunday came. The questioning boy hefted his newspaper sack and pumped his pedals. Whip, crank, crank, crank. Whip, crank, crank, crank. He delivered the news. He brought the facts. Laid out in achromatic ink and paper. Folded, rolled and circumscribed by a rubber-band. The truth, as it was said, was deliverable to your…

The Christopher Estate: Chapter 1

House A house. A mansion. A mountain of brick-laid corners, shuttered windows and a steepled rooftop. Wood-hewn artistry catching the sunlight in the grain and softening it in the silken paint. The outer walls like the slopes of Everest, reaching to the windowsills and to the soffits and to the arches and to the balconies….

Young Ones

I see these young ones with their sharp minds And subtle words I guess you could say I’m a young one too, I’m just a few Backward steps ahead of you But the older I get the less I want to say what life is And the more I see the mystery in the truth…

Tree

It was a very old tree and no one who saw it really knew how old. The only way to tell would be to cut it down. It had weathered storm after storm, drought after drought and decade after decade of abuse by the climate and the people coming and going, claiming to own it….

R.E.E.L.I.V.

NOTE: This excerpt is intended to be read as a news article, and is taken from a larger (still incomplete) mystery narrative involving the murder of Dr. Joshua Thomas’ wife. The Residual Emotional Energy Living Image Viewer (REELIV) is a device that combines technologies from several fields of science. It uses EKG and EEG technology…