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The SHeriff #43 (11.1) by Julie Lynn Hayes
“Hey man, you okay?”
Dustin glanced toward Marshall, reluctantly tearing his eyes away from Roy, who was manning the barbecue grill along with Lee. Well, to be more accurate, Lee was grilling and Roy was handing Lee whatever he needed.
Everything felt so surreal. Sitting in a lawn chair, next to Marshall, in Marshall and Lee’s backyard, sharing a meal with them like they were all the best of friends or something. Dinner had become lunch, because of Dustin having to work, at Lee’s insistence. Tonight would be the night when—hopefully—they would catch Jordan in the act, and put him away for good, so he couldn’t hurt anyone ever again.
The insistent chime from the door woke me up. I sat up in bed and yawned, then grimaced. My tongue felt thick and tasted nasty. Cokala didn’t taste good the next day. “Yuck.” The chime was loud in the tiny space of my room, and the muscles in my neck tightened as my shoulders hunched. I didn’t want to answer the door or let anyone in. Every time I spoke to someone, it was like my world changed again.
Ignoring it wasn’t working though.
Sighing, I pushed the covers back and slid off the bed. It was only a few
Christmas Opening” by Carol Pedroso
I stepped out onto the balcony and took a deep breath of the frigid air.
Why did this have to happen to me? The restaurant was supposed to have been opened two months ago. But, no. instead, it was Christmas eve and I had a grand opening to prepare for.
First, it had been the wrong furniture had been delivered. Then the right items had been out of stock and had to be shipped I from another factory’s warehouse. Then the butcher I was sourcing my meat from shut down.