The Trade, Chapter 14

Click here for Chapter 1 Ruth’s father turned away from the guard and looked out the window, contemplating how unusual it must seem that he was hoping and praying his daughter would go… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 13

Click here for Chapter 1 When Ruth’s father opened his eyes the prison guard was at his elbow, the hand and ankle cuffs clipped to his belt. “Let’s go sit in the waiting… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 12

Click here for Chapter 1 “Daddy, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” As Ruth looked at her father lying in the hospital bed next to hers, she began to cry uncontrollably. Years of rebellion… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 11

Click here for Chapter 1 The touch of the ER nurse’s hand gently brought Ruth’s thoughts back to the present. As she opened her eyes, her ears also became reengaged with her current… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 10

Click here for Chapter 1 All this time Ruth had been unknowingly working at an agency that her own father was helping manage. He had been appointed shortly after she started there but… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 9

Click here for Chapter 1 It hadn’t taken long for Andrew the auditor to discover that none of the payments to Promise Publishing could be tied to any material items received. He had… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 8

Click here for Chapter 1 When Ruth’s co-worker Deborah arrived at the office at 9 the next morning Andrew was already at his desk in front of Ruth’s, who was not at hers.… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 7

Click here for Chapter 1 “Hey! Nice shoes!” Ruth knew her bookkeeping buddy Deborah would notice her latest purchase as soon as she walked in the office. “Aren’t they though? Saw ‘em on… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 6

Click here for Chapter 1 They’ll never catch it.  So much money goes out of this office each month, one more expense will never be noticed. Three weeks had passed since she had… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 5

Click here for Chapter 1 At the office Christmas party a week later, Ruth was surprised and relieved to open a card from the bureau department head and find a $100 bonus and… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 4

Click here for Chapter 1 Being on her own certainly did have its perks, with no one to answer to but herself. Ruth could go anywhere, stay out as late as she wanted,… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 3

Click here for Chapter 1. December, four years earlier “Can’t you at least stay through Christmas Day?” Ruth brushed past her father without answering him, puzzled by why he was holding the door… Continue reading

The Trade, Chapter 2

Click here for Chapter 1. Ruth awoke in the emergency room of the hospital down the street from the prison. “What am I doing here?” she thought to herself, but quickly remembered as… Continue reading

The Trade

How far would you go for someone you love? How much would you give? What would you sacrifice? Over the next 14 days I’ll be sharing a short story about love, sacrifice, and… Continue reading

Idiot, Christian Pedophilistines

I just want to say a few things about this. Political office is not a reward for virtuous living. It’s not a “Person of the Year” contest with the prize going to the… Continue reading