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Let Freedom Ring

Boston, Mass. The first explosive was so perfectly timed with the opening volley from the 1812 Overture that Scott Murphy thought that the cannons were merely louder than usual. He didn’t even look up from his latest edition of The Anarchist’s Cookbook as he sat out on his hotel balcony at the other end of the park from the Pops’ bandstand. When the orchestra stand blew up, that caught his attention. The giant fireball erupted from the top of the orchestra shell, illuminating half the park as well as most […]

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Chapter Ten Three days after the storm surge, Connie and Marv were paid a visit by the U.S. Marshals. There was a lot of explaining to do, and a lot of re-explaining to do. The sisters were wonderful in their assistance. They expressed patience when relating their story to the proper authorities. The marshals wrote their reports, which Connie was sure would be filed with another person for them to file a report. Connie and Marv waited until the rain died down before they summoned the medical examiner to the […]

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Chapter Nine Connie listened for Bruen’s answer as she waited outside. The patio furniture was in her way. She figured Bruen planned to kill her. What was one more dead law enforcement officer at this point? Even if he was caught, this would only improve his stake in prison. She had a plan, and hoped to God it would work. She caught a glimpse of Marv around the oak tree and he waved at her. Time this exchange correctly, she could be inside as Marv rushed over to the sister […]

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Chapter Eight Another band of the hurricane hit. Connie and Marvin turned their backs to absorb the wind. Connie received a response via the communications department on her cell and saw that the sisters confirmed that Bruen was in the home with them. Connie did a bullet count. Her 9mm caliber Beretta had twelve left in the clip, enough to end the standoff if need be. Marvin used a revolver. He had a speed loader and extra bullets on his belt. “What’s the plan, cuz?” Marvin asked. They hid behind […]

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Chapter Seven Sisters Margaret and Joan were not blood sisters. They were sisters in spirit to each other and in their relationship to God. Retired nuns from the Parish of the Blessed Trinity in Atlanta, they moved to the small town of Hexewald five years ago. They remained active in the new parish they joined, the Most Holy Redeemer. The sisters wore their habits when they went out, but never in their own home. Margaret’s family had money, and she was willed it as the only surviving member. She donated […]

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Chapter Six “Nobody move,” Connie said. I won’t be responsible for the death of a prisoner. “Keep everything aimed at Watts and Bruen.” “Why me? I ain’t done nothing wrong. That damned bastard pulled a gun on me and told me that I had to keep my mouth shut or he’d shoot me. He killed the deputy, and he wants to kill me, too. I don’t give a shit if you kill him, just don’t hit me,” Watts said. His voice shook. He tried to sound tough and strong, but […]

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Chapter Five “Motherfucker,” one of her deputies said. In the dark, Connie couldn’t be sure which one, but she wasn’t going to write him up for uttering the thoughts rattling around in her mind. “Deputy Dodge, please check on the inmates. Our auxiliary power should turn on momentarily.” Shit, of all the rotten timing. Connie reached for her radio. “Marvin, wherever you are, get your ass to the office.” She clicked off. A flashlight beam shone toward her. She blinked to allow her eyes to adjust to the light. Marvin […]

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Chapter Four Connie woke up from the couch. Two knocks on the door and Marv entered with her usual black coffee, donuts, and bagels. Nothing like carbs to make life worth living. “How are you doing there, cuz? Enough sleep?” “Who’s open during this storm?” Rain pattered against the window. The television was on. She hadn’t turned it off before she fell asleep. The next update was in three minutes. “Berle opened up his station.” Marvin handed her the coffee and an egg bagel. “Thanks. Did you check on our […]

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Chapter Three Connie cracked her neck side to side. She tuned the television to The Weather Channel. Her radio was on as well. Long days were ahead. She opened up her mini-fridge. Gatorade, bottled water, and diet soda. The break room was stocked with provisions during hurricane season. They were well-prepared for the storm as far as food was concerned. The emotional status, hell, another issue. Storm fatigue: you want to look away from the destruction, but you can’t. Updates on the hour, every hour. Video interviews with people too […]

PreTeena August 31-September 6, 2015

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