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The Box in the Loft by Pat Garcia

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The loft wasn't supposed to be a storage room for Giovanni’s things. It just evolved into one. Each anniversary, she would pack away his summer things, and they celebrated one more year of them, together, one loving one, them, loving them. He would laugh at her.

“All things are temporal, Kathleen Katy-bear,” he’d say, combining her birth name with the pet name he’d given her. “What we have is priceless. The things you’re stowing away can never compensate for the memories in our hearts.”

Then, he would take her into his arms. “Come sleep with me,” he’d say, taking her mind off the task she was doing. He would stress the present moments as he pounded into her body.   Her screams of delight and his groans of pleasure, as he released his semen, had him falling on top of her after their climax, whispering words between breaths, as he pecked her ears, her neck, and her cheeks, planting tiny kisses in the aftermath. “This is significant, Katy-bear,” he’d say. “Nothing is more important than this. My lips on your lips. The warmth of our mouths as we explore each other, me pressing you close to my body letting you feel the heat you’ve generated in me. Only that counts, Katy-bear."

 Kathleen sat holding his jacket in her arms. Three years had passed, but his aroma was still present like yesterday.

Tears covered her face as she unpacked. She was on the last box before the Salvation Army came to pick up his clothing. She gave them a call after he appeared to her in a dream. He’d admonished her for dishonouring their love by not remembering the sweet golden moments.

The smiles when they were both thinking about the same things, the hugs when she accidentally asked a question that pointed out an error in the planning of his next mission, or the late-night walks where she gathered stones and put them in her pockets, and he would remind her those stones were like him. Each time that he returned she collected the broken pieces of his soul and put them back together again.  In the evenings, he would take her in his arms and hug her tightly, and say, "Let's go upstairs, I need you."  And upstairs, they went and made passionate love with the full realisation each time could be their very last.

 

 It happened. They both knew the time had come. Yet, Giovanni’s death came too soon. He was too young.

 What do I do now? Even though I was older, you understood me. What do I do now, Giovanni?

 "I hate you, Giovanni!”  Kathleen cried out. “You and your honour for your country. Why did you have to go on that particular mission? Why couldn’t you let someone else volunteer? No one misses you as much as I do," she screamed.  

Her tears flowed heavily; mucus ran out her nose, and her hands trembled as she pulled the things out of the last box and threw them on the mountain before her.

She picked up the jacket she mistakenly threw back into the box.

  I'll keep this jacket. It smells of you.

She put her left arm into the left sleeve. Something solid in the left pocket of the jacket touched her hip bone. Reaching into the pocket, she pulled out a flat, jagged key.

  NaNu, what do you open? 

With the key in her hand, her gaze went to the box, and that’s when she saw the dark mahogany chest. She lifted the chest out of the box sat down on the floor; her back to the mountain of clothing.

Where did you come from? Why would Giovanni buy a chest?

 Her hands trembled; the key shook as she put it into the lock.

 She hoped the key wouldn’t fit. All her beautiful bubbles of their seven-year relationship could suddenly burst into thin air.

 

 Laughter filled the loft.

 Giovanni, are you here?

“Don't be afraid Katy-bear. Turn the key!”

Her heart beats became irregular; her chest ached.

People will think I’m insane if I tell them I heard Giovanni’s voice.

Her eyes grew large when she raised the chest top. Within were seven mid-size diaries, and she took out the first one.

 Leaning against her mountain, she opened the journal and began to read the first page. She burst out in laughter. “You sneak!” She yelled out joyfully for the first time in three years. Her tears forgotten, she began to read aloud.

“Words for you, Katy-bear. Invisible conversations I’ve had with you on each mission. Each diary records my present moments when you weren’t there. I love you, Katy-bear. Always have, always will. Love is eternal.”

 The anguished and inner turmoil she’d suffered, eased. The pain in her chest disappeared.

Yes, love is eternal.

Sitting by the box in her loft, her back against the mountain of Giovanni’s clothes, Kathleen read as she slipped over into eternity to be with her Giovanni.

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Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


Guest Blogging at the WEP Website on the Importance of Critical Reading

Hello Everyone,

I am guest blogging over at the WEP website on Critical Reading. Please drop by and read my article on The Importance of Critical Reading. The link is,

http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.de/2017/01/wep-guest-post-importance-of-critical.html

Also, the next WEP is coming up in February for all of you who are interested in participating. I recommend it highly. It is Flash Fiction at its best.

I will be returning with my Work In Progress,  Just At Dawn, and short snippets about what is happening between Phoebe and Daniel on Friday.

Have a great day and be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016
Pat Garcia


The Woman and Her Dream, Winner of the 2016 WEP December Utopian Dreams Challenge, Sponsored by Write-Edit-Publish

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First-moment experiences are never forgotten.  They are the golden nuggets of success, which keeps you moving forward in whatever you have chosen to accomplish.  That is one of the reasons why it is so important to record them in your heart in your treasure trove of memories.

 

Today, I have received a first-moment experience. I have been informed my entry, The Woman and Her Dream, is the winner of the 2016 WEP December Utopian Dreams Challenge.  This challenge is my first win.  I have participated in many writing challenges over the years, but this is my first win, and I am elated and thankful.

 

Many heartfelt thanks to Denise Covey and Yolanda Reneè.  You have made my day.

 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


The Woman and Her Dream by Pat Garcia

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The ocean waves rippled under the woman's belly.  They tickled her stomach, gently.  The red rays in the heaven signalled the ending of the day. Though she couldn't tell where the day began or where it ended. Unending was time. The reddish orange tint spread itself out upon the ocean. The width and breadth of its streams amazed her. 

She lay on the atop of the ocean and observed the cold blooded mammals in the deep. Water drops touched her hair and ran down both of her temples. She gazed out into the vastness. Coming her way was a giant six-legged cirrata. Its arms splattering water as it moved toward her. 

 

The strange singsong squawking of the eagle above her lulled her mind. Had she finally made it? She opened her eyes and turned over to watch the giant bird’s approach.  The roar of the waves became stronger. A blue-black fin sticking up out of the ocean was gliding in her direction. A smile crossed her face; she should have known this was the way it would be. Embedded in nature, surrounded by water, the inner peace she sought overtook her, and she sighed and stretched her legs.

 

“I love this place. This is heavenly.”

 “Indeed it is, Woman.”

 “Prophet?”

 “Yes?”

 “Is this real?”

 “Is what real?”

 “The peace.”

 The singsong squawking sound of the Eagle intrigued her. She laughed.

 “He’s singing a song for you.”

 “Yes, I know. That’s why I’m laughing, but you haven’t answered my question, Prophet.”

 “What question?”

 “Is this peace real or is it an illusion?”

 “Do you like the eagle’s song, Woman?”

 “Of course, I do. I already told you that.”

 “You told me you were laughing at the sound.”

 “Well, I like the Eagle’s song. He sounds like a chorus of frogs.” She imitated his sounds and then  burst into giggles.

 “Arms crawled around her neck and slid down her shoulders.  “Octopus, what took you so long to get here? Did you dive down to the ocean floor?

 The Eagle arrived and circled around her.  The whale sprouted water and doused her.

 “I’m a mess. I think I need to stay here.”

 “Why’s that, Woman?”

 “The peace.”

 “Oh.”

 “Oh what, Prophet?”

 “Peace is a priceless commodity where you come from?”

 “Prophet! A lion and a bear are dancing on the water! Are they friends?”

 “Everybody is a friend.”

 “Not where I come from.”

 “Oh.”

 “This peace is transformative.”

 “The quietness?”

 “Yes, Prophet. The stillness. It’s peaceful.”

 “No stillness down there, huh?”

 “Too much talk.”

 “Why talk, Woman?

 “People are afraid of stillness.”

 “Why?”

 “Fear, Prophet.”

 “What about you, Woman?”

 She turned to answer him.  A flash of light shone. Something buzzed loudly breaking the silence. She covered her ears with her hands, the sound getting louder as it came closer. 

“Stop it,” she screamed.

 The explosion burst down her door. The blast knocked out the window panes.   Her body thrown against the wall, she landed a few feet away from her bed. 

 No, no, no!

 The floor was shattered with glass. Her hands bled.  In her confusion, she tried to think as she counted her fingers.

Ten. Good.

 Slowly, she crawled to where her door once was and headed to the shelter beneath her apartment. 

 It was only a dream.

The war is not over.

There is no peace.

 

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Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia

 

 

 


Emma by Pat Garcia

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Emma worked as a librarian. It suited her perfectly.  Books defined her life; books defined her womanhood. That she had never married, she blamed on her resilience to dominate and her no-nonsense way of looking at circumstances. A self-reliable woman, she considered herself to be a self-reliant StrongBlackWoman, who didn’t need a man. That the frequent use of her vibrator indicated an impoverished need anchored beneath the garbage hidden in her mind only popped up when Valentine’s Day neared.  Then, she experienced three horrible pre-weeks like her menstrual period until the fourteenth had passed.

She banged her head lightly against one of the shelves in the erotic section and proclaimed to herself, “Valentine’s is just like any other day.  Nothing unusual.”  A big sigh escaped her lips, and she reached for Anais Nin.  Even though she had been proclaiming this quote for thirty-five of her fifty years, her heart still had not accepted it. Stuck in her mind like burned rice on a hot oven, it failed to stop Valentine’s Day from stinking up her life and destroying her mood every single year.

Mihaly Toledano crossed her mind as she was thumbing through the erotic section, looking for a book that might break through her depression. Her books had given her everything she needed until Mihaly Toledano burst into her life and started coming to the library on a regular basis. 

Sly smiles sent her way, winks when she looked up catching him looking at her, slight touches on her shoulders when he passed by her, and last week, he had reached over her head to get a book for her from a shelf she couldn’t reach and pinned her in with his body. 

What’s wrong with him?  Doesn’t he have anything better to do with his time?

 

“Emma.”

She looked up, startled and embarrassed that he’d found her in one of the aisles of the erotic section.

"We're closed, Mr. Toledano.”

"On the door, it says closing hours are at nine,  so I have exactly seven minutes," Mihaly Toledano said, taking a look at his watch before he came closer and took the book by Anaïs Nin out of her hand.

Mihaly looked at the woman before him; a spark had ignited between them when she helped him find a book over a month ago.  Valentine’s Day was two weeks and four days away, and he had no intentions of letting another month go by without her being his Valentine sweetheart.

Her hazel brown eyes, the short nappy Afro, styled to fit her round brown face complimented her double chin that disappeared when she laughed, and her voice painted pictures of happiness in his darkened soul; she pleased him.

Just the right size, size sixteen or eighteen. I need to feel your flesh and not a bony skeleton;  he thought as he looked at her thighs wrapped tightly in her jeans, and he closed his eyes, savoring the image of her that popped up in his mind. 

 

“So how may I help you,” Emma asked, interrupting his train of thought as she extended her hand wanting him to give her her book back.  “You now have five minutes to tell me what book you're looking for before I close."  

"Actually, I was looking for something soft to read, but not exactly in this section. Something with a romantic touch, like Keats or Shelley, because I’d like to take you to dinner and afterward read you some poetry, but I’m opened to reading Anaïs Nin if that’s what you’d prefer."

“I don’t remember you asking me out Mr. Toledano.”

“Emma, we agreed to be informal with each other.”

“True.  Like I said, Mihaly, I don’t remember you asking me out.”

“I just did, a few minutes ago. I said, I’d like to take you to dinner and then read you some poetry. Do you remember now?”

“Oh…was that asking? Well, if it was, then, No.”

“Why not?”

“You’re too young for me.”

Mihaly saw their age difference as a minor thing. That he was 35 years of age never bothered him.

So, why should it bother you, Emma? Besides, I prefer older women, and the sparks told me you’re mine.

 “Mihaly let’s be upfront with one another, Emma said, interrupting his thoughts.  “What you’re looking for, I’m not willing to give.”

“I didn’t know you could read minds, Emma.”

“I can’t.”

“Then, how do you know what I’m looking for?”

 

Emma looked up at the man standing before her. His dark black hair shining under the lighting looked dark navy blue.  She saw gaiety in his eyes, and she thought he was laughing at her.

“So what do you want?”

“Be my Valentine.”

“And then what?”

“See where these sparks are leading us.”

“They’re leading me home and your five minutes are up. I’ve got to close.”

“Good. Let’s get Shelley or Keats and go eat,” he said, replacing Anais Nin back on the shelf above her head where she couldn’t reach it without the help of a ladder.

“I don’t remember saying yes to dinner.”

“And I don’t like playing games.”

“I don’t either,” Emma said.

“Then, we’ve agreed on the first premise for our budding relationship.”

“If you say so,” Emma said, walking away from him to go get Keats.

“Is dinner on?” he asked, following behind her.

“Yes.”

“In two weeks, you won’t need Anaïs Nin anymore only Keats,” Mihaly said.

“Why not?” she asked, stopping so suddenly that he walked into her causing her to stumble forward.

“Because you’ll have me,” he said as he reached out to catch her and bring her into his arms.

“So you think you’ll be my fantasy for a few weeks, huh?”

“Not weeks, Emma. Years.  You’ll be my Valentine for years to come.”

The End

 

 


The Seventy-Nine Words Story Challenge

 

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Hello Everyone,

I don’t know when it happen, but I remember reading the MONDAY FUNNIES, one morning and bursting out with laughter.  I was hooked on the funnies. Laughter is not typical for me before eleven a.m. If you ask the people very close to me, they will tell you, Pat is usually unapproachable before eleven. 

Honestly, as a writer, I find myself experiencing highs and lows.   It’s a writer madness that takes hold and motivates me to write what I see as I write about the world I  live in during the early morning hours.

Thus, Chris Graham’s, CHRIS THE STORY READING APE’S BLOG has become a necessity in my life. It touches the humor within me, and laughter comes bubbling out.

Recently, Andrew Joyce, an author, sent out a dare, a seventy-nine-words dare to writers and it has been running on Chris’s blog as the Seventy-Nine Words Story Challenge.  Each week, stories are chosen as the best submitted. This week, one of my stories  from The Child and The Prophet (a W.I.P.) was among the ones chosen and to be very honest with you that makes me happy.

To read my story and the stories of the other participants, please go to the link below. It’s only 79 words and drop a line on Chris’s blog and let him know you were there and me too, of course.

 http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2015/10/18/more-new-79-words-story-challenge-entrants/

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Shalom,

Pat Garcia