The Cemetery

(Chapter 15 of a forthcoming book, WOMAN IN WHITE, by Gildon Beall) The graveyard of Rev. Cricklewood’s “Angelic Brotherhood Church” was illumined only by a pale sliver of moon peeking through thin clouds. It was quiet; the sort of night that mortals find oppressive or frightening, the appropriate venue for spirits. No living mortals wereContinue reading “The Cemetery”

Life On a Chessboard, Chapter 5

Chapter 5 I open the Red Badge of Courage and take a look through the first chapter.  I don’t get it.  Even when I study the words real hard, some of them don’t make sense.  There is a big list at the bottom of every page that tries to explain the meaning of the stupidContinue reading “Life On a Chessboard, Chapter 5”

A Passage from The Long Dance Home: “Intriguing Encounter” Cecilia Rose, or Cece as called by her friends, ventured into town reluctantly. She had agreed to visit an old friend and now regretted it. After ten years in Los Angeles, her small, Northern California hometown made her uncomfortable and claustrophobic. She did not relish the prospect of running into people she used toContinue reading “A Passage from The Long Dance Home: “Intriguing Encounter””

Princess Attah

Princess Attah who gives birth to the children in my novel, Harem Twins, reveals her journey to Egypt. Mitanni Kingdom 1500 BC (Within the Babylonian Empire) One day, Father summoned me to his throne and asked that I sit upon his lap. As he fingered one of my earrings, he spoke. “I am told thatContinue reading “Princess Attah”

Life On a Chessboard, Chapter 4

It’s Monday morning, and I have to laugh at the terrible punishment the school has dumped on me.  Wow, I’ll be staying home all week and studying chess, poor me. I finish my breakfast and remember something I need to do.  The address book is in the bottom kitchen drawer, covered up by hot padsContinue reading “Life On a Chessboard, Chapter 4”

“Life On a Chessboard, Chapter 3

When I get home, I toss my book bag in my room.  I flop on my bed, trying to figure out how I can get even with that lying prick, Brad Murphy.  Then I hear Betty and my father busting in the front door.  They come in my room. “Steeeven!” Betty shouts.  “Why have youContinue reading ““Life On a Chessboard, Chapter 3”

Life On a Chessboard, Chapter 2

It’s first period and I’m on my way to room 20.   I have only one thing in mind, and that’s getting close to Jamie, the new seventh grade girl. Brad Murphy passes me in the hall, a smirk on his face before he turns away.   Is he laughing at my scabs?   Maybe he hasn’t learnedContinue reading “Life On a Chessboard, Chapter 2”

Life On a Chessboard, Chapter 1

I knew it would happen sooner or later.  Brad Murphy’s gang pounces on me and I’m down on my stomach.  Two guys jump on my back.  Brad grabs my hair and grinds my face in the dirt.  But they’ve tangled with the wrong person.  Every muscle in my body is on fire.  I buck andContinue reading “Life On a Chessboard, Chapter 1”